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Serbian striker Savo Milosevic scored two goals for Rubin
Serbian striker Savo Milosevic scored two goals for Rubin FC at the weekend as the Tatar side took another step to the Russian league title, while Zenit were merciless in an 8-1 defeat of Vladivostok's Luch Energiya.

After slipping up with a 1-0 home defeat to FC Moskva last week, Rubin defeated Spartak Nalchik 3-0 at home on Sunday. Milosevic's goals came after Alexander Bukharov had opened the scoring in the 26th second - this season's fastest goal. Rubin stay seven points clear at the top of the table with six games left to play.

Zenit St. Petersburg rounded off a bad week during which they lost 2-1 at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League and suffered the indignity of match-fixing allegations over their lifting of the UEFA Cup in May by running riot against Vladivostok's Luch Energiya. Despite captain Anatoly Tymoshchuk missing a penalty in the 2nd minute, Zenit were 2-0 up after 20 minutes, and 4-0 ahead by the break.

A second-half hat trick by Turkish striker Fatih Tekke piled on the misery for Luch as the St. Petersburg side delighted the home fans with a new club scoring record.

CSKA Moscow beat lowly Khimki 2-1 away from home to notch up their fifth successive victory and stay in second place.

Spartak Moscow were beaten 1-0 at home by Krilya Sovetov, their new coach, Danish soccer legend Michael Laudrup, telling Sovetski-Sport that the players would now "work on the basics - how to pass the ball."

"We are going to have to work every day on that," said the disgruntled trainer. The defeat saw Spartak drop to seventh.

Dynamo Moscow stayed in third place after coming back from a goal down against Saturn. Both of the Muscovites' goals came in the last 20 minutes, former Zenit and Sevilla striker Alexander Kerzhakov firing home the winner from long distance with seven minutes to go.

Dynamo, who recently sold their star player, Portuguese midfielder Danny, to Zenit, and lost Russian international Dennis Kolodin to injury, had earlier leveled the match with a goal by 17-year-old Alexander Kokorin, making his Premier League debut.

"I thought it would be tough before my debut, and I got tired before the end," the young striker told Sport-Express.

In the 2009/10 season, for the first time, the top three teams in the Russian Premier League will qualify for the Champions League. The top two clubs will go into the group stages, with the third-placed team starting in the second qualifying round. The fourth- and fifth-placed teams will enter the UEFA Cup, while the bottom two sides are relegated.

Results -

Zenit 8-1 Luch Energiya

Rubin 3-0 Spartak Nalchik

Dynamo Moscow 2-1 Saturn

Khimki 1-2 CSKA Moscow

Amkar (Perm) 0-0 Terek Grozny

FC Moskva 2-0 Shinnik (Yaroslavl)

Spartak Moscow 0 Krilya Sovetov 1

Tom Tomsk 0 Lokomotiv Moscow 1

Table - (24 games unless stated)

Rubin - 51

CSKA Moscow - 44

Dynamo Moscow - 43

Amkar (Perm) - 40

Zenit St Petersburg - 37 (23 games)

Krilya Sovetov -37

Spartak Moscow - 36

Lokomotiv Moscow - 34 (23 games)

FC Moskva -32

Spartak Nalchik - 29

Terek Grozny -29

Tom Tomsk -25

Saturn -25 (23 games)

Luch-Energiya -19

Khimki -17

Shinnik -15 (23 games)


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