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Russian Premier League Review: Torpedo keep survival hopes alive

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 May 2015


Torpedo Moscow claimed the win they needed to keep their hopes of Russian Premier League survival alive, overcoming Ural 3-1 in a meeting between two struggling sides.

Anything other than a win would have seen Torpedo consigned to one of the two automatic relegation places, but as it stands they still have a chance of going into a play-off to preserve their status.

After falling behind to an early goal from Pablo Fontanello, Torpedo fought back strongly and secured the required result thanks to a brace of penalties from Hugo Vieira – the first after Ural goalkeeper Nikolai Zabolotnyi had been sent off – and Dalibor Stevanovic’s effort.

The victory ended a seven-match winless run, and saw them climb off the bottom and a point above Arsenal Tula into 15th.

Ural are one point better off in 14th, while the other relegation play-off berth is occupied by Rostov, who dropped in after wins for Ufa and Amkar Perm.

The latter’s 1-0 defeat of champions Zenit sees them assured of safety, although Ufa still have work to do on the final day despite their 2-1 success at Spartak Moscow.

Rostov’s ill-timed poor run of form continued as they lost 2-1 at Krasnodar – a fifth straight winless game – thanks to first-half goals from Roman Shirokov and Wanderson.

Arsenal Tula, meanwhile, need a win on the last day to have any chance of climbing into the relegation play-offs after they were twice pegged back in a 2-2 draw at Dinamo Moscow, who saw Alex Buttner dismissed.

At the opposite end of the table, CSKA Moscow remain second and in with a chance of UEFA Champions League qualification after they saw off Rubin Kazan 3-0 at home.

Kuban Krasnodar – who parted company with coach Leonid Kuchuk earlier on Monday – drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow in a repeat of Thursday’s Russian Cup final.

Elsewhere, Morodovia Saransk defeated Terek Grozny 1-0.



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