Spartak Moscow destroyed by townsmen
In the Russian Premier League’s central game, FC Moscow overplayed the once strong, but now unstable, Spartak Moscow.
FC Moscow 3-1 Spartak Moscow
Spartak Moscow were looking to pick up on their first victory of the season last time out when they beat Spartak Nalchik. Meanwhile, their cross-town rivals, FC Moscow, were still searching for their first win under new head coach Miodrag Borzhovich.
The home side hadn't scored in three games, but they went in front after just two minutes. Edgaras Chesnauskis got it, after some pretty poor Spartak defending.
And FC Moscow doubled their lead 14 minutes on after again woeful marking by the visitors’ defence. This time, Aleksandr Eparanu was left with the simplest of tasks to head the ball home without any resistance.
The home side was in total control and should have extended their lead after the half time break, but Zvonomir Vukuich missed an absolute sitter, when it seemed easier to score.
However, Vukich was soon spared his blushes. With 20 minutes to go, Dmitry Tarasov sealed the three points as he scored and the visitors, yet again, failed to deal with a set piece.
Alex pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot, but it was far too little, far too late, as FC Moscow easily held on for a deserved victory.
Terek Gronzy 1-2 Rubin
The Chechen side has missed the chance to regain the top spot. They lost at home 2-1 to reigning champions Rubin.
A spectacular long-range effort by Rubin captain Semak put the away side in front after 18 minutes.
And there was more to celebrate soon after. This time Alejandro Dominges sent the ball into the opposite corner with a sweet free kick to give Rubin a two-goal lead.
Terek did pull one back in the dying minutes, with another sizzler from outside the box.
But Shamil Lakhiyalov's strike was just a consolation as Rubin handed Terek their first loss of the season.
And it means Krylya remains on top after their win against Khmiki on Friday.
Dynamo Moscow 1-0 FC Rostov
Although strident, Dynamo Moscow got all the three points against FC Rostov, beating them 1-0.
Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored a penalty in the dying minutes.
Kuban 0-0 Tom
Elsewhere, Sergey Ovchinnikov's Kuban were hosting Tom. A toneless and goalless game in Krasnodar gladdened neither the home side nor the visitors from Siberia.