Russian league leaders Kazan suffered their first loss of the season on Friday, falling 3-0 to visiting Spartak Moscow.
Kazan nevertheless remain top of the table with 21 point from eight matches, seven points ahead of the second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who have a game in hand. Dynamo Moscow sit third also on 14 points.
Spartak started lively, pinning the hosts back, but failed to score an early opener as Kazan defended stoutly replying with rare but dangerous counter-attacks.
But in the 20th minute Spartak’s Brazilian striker Soares Welliton beat the Kazan defence on a breakaway and sent the ball home from the edge of the box past helpless ‘keeper Sergei Kozko.
After the interval Kazan upped the tempo and created a set of chances but failed to find the net, while Spartak striker Nikita Bazhenov made it 2-0 with a close-range effort in the 65th minute.
Four minutes later Alexander Pavlenko netted Spartak’s third, converting in Bazhenov’s razor-sharp feeding pass into the box to secure Moscow side’s win.
Dynamo Moscow, who shared the second spot ahead of this weekend’s round of matches, missed a chance to improve their position falling 2-0 at Yaroslavl.
The hosts took the lead in the 75th minute, through a penalty taken by Bulgarian forward Zdravko Lazarov, after a foul on Maxim Buznikin in the box, with midfielder Denis Boyarintsev getting the second six minutes later.
Elsewhere Samara outclassed visiting Perm 2-0 to move up to fourth place.
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