Champions FC Spartak Moskva missed their chance to go top of the Russian Premier-Liga as they were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Uralan Elista on Sunday.
Substitute Andrei Ospeshinsky headed in from close range with a minute remaining to give Uralan, who are fighting against relegation, a much-needed point after Nigerian striker Essen Flo had given the visitors a the lead after 16 minutes.
A win would have put Spartak top of standings, but they are now two points adrift of city rivals FC Lokomotiv Moskva, who also have a game in hand.
Lokomotiv in charge
Meanwhile, Lokomotiv and PFC CSKA Moskva both recorded victories at the weekend, beating FC Rostselmash Rostov-Na-Donu and FC Anzhi Makhachkala, respectively.
Loskov on target
On Saturday, Lokomotiv were held for the first half by struggling Rostselmash, but after the interval Dmitri Loskov's strike from outside of the penalty area put them ahead and Julio Cesar doubled the lead with his first goal since joining the club last week. Loskov, who missed a spot-kick earlier in second half, converted a 90th-minute penalty to seal the victory for Lokomotiv.
On Sunday, Lokomotiv's rivals CSKA also recorded a victory, overcoming Anzhi at the Torpedo stadium in Moscow. Dmitry Popov opened the scoring on 26 minutes thanks to an awkward deflection, only for Igor Aksenov to equalize after stunning Ruslan Nigmatullin with a long shot.
Gusev and Popov then combined well to put CSKA captain Sergey Semak in a good position and he found the net after 59 minutes, before Gusev saw a trademark free-kick beat Sergey Armishev as the Moscow club recorded three points.
UEFA Cup hopefuls
Elsewhere on Saturday, FC Krylya Sovetov beat FC Shinnik Yaroslavl in the battle for a UEFA Cup spot. Anton Bober scored an own goal to give Shinnik an early lead, but Robertas Poskus scored twice and Andrey Tikhonov and Andrey Karyaka each scored one to aid Krylya Sovetov to an emphatic 4-1 victory.
FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast secured a 1-0 away victory over FC Alania Vladikavkaz as Alexander Gorshkov scored the only goal of the game. Meanwhile in Saratov, FC Zenit St. Peterburg were saved by late equalizer from Darius Miceika. Andrey Fedkov and Vitaly Volodenkov gave FC Sokol Saratov a comfortable 2-0 lead, but Alexander Spivak's penalty and Miceika put Zenit on even terms.
FC Dinamo Moskva were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Torpedo-ZIL Moskva. Igor Piyuk gave Torpedo-ZIL a shock lead, but Evgeny Kharlachev's equalized to earn Dinamo a share of the spoils. Also in Moscow, FC Torpedo Moskva beat SC Rotor Volgograd 3-1.
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