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Russian Premier League Wrap: Point gives CSKA Moscow title win

CSKA Moscow won their first Russian Premier League title since 2006 after a 0-0 draw with Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday.

Coming into the match, CSKA needed only a point against UEFA Europa League chasers Kuban and that never looked in doubt as they controlled the match throughout, but rarely did they risk much in search of the win.
The clean sheet typifies CSKA’s form this season as they have conceded just 22 so far, the best record in the league, while Kuban remain in the Europa League places but drop down to fifth.
Leonid Slutsky’s side have wrapped up the title with a game to play, with second-placed Zenit St Petersburg three points behind in second, but unable to trump CSKA’s amount of wins for the season.
At the bottom of the league Mordovia Saransk were officially relegated after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Terek Grozny, a result which left them five points from the relegation play-off places, while a point for the visitors was not enough to keep alive their slender chances of reaching the European places.
One place below Kuban sits Dinamo Moscow, whose quest for European football took a surprising blow as they lost 1-0 at relegated Alaniya Vladikavkaz thanks to Tamas Priskin’s 71st minute strike.
However, the match will be remembered for a remarkable turn of events in the final five minutes as Aleksandr Kokorin received a red card for a wild tackle on Giorgi Chanturia before slapping the young Georgian, who was also sent off along with Balazs Dzsudzsak and Danilo Neco as a brawl ensued.
Dinamo’s defeat meant Spartak Moscow were able to capitalise and move back into the top five as they picked up a vital 1-0 win at mid-table FK Krasnodar.
In the weekend’s first match, Amkar Perm moved above Rostov and back out of the bottom four thanks to a 3-2 home win against their fellow relegation battlers, but the clash could have been much easier for the hosts as they almost let a three-goal lead slip.
The final two matches on Sunday saw Rubin Kazan lose 3-1 at Krylya Sovetov as their European hopes took a knock, and Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a win by the same scoreline at home to Volga, but saw their faint title hopes dashed.
Sun 19 May, 2013
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