FC Spartak Moskva have now gone four games in a row without a victory, as a draw at FC Rostselmash Rostov-Na-Donu left hopes of a seventh consecutive Russian Premier League title fading.
When Vladimir Beschastnykh converted a penalty on 76 minute, it seemed that Spartak, who were playing without hospitalised head coach Oleg Romantsev, would get the points to keep the pressure on leaders FC Lokomotiv Moskva. But Rostselmash secured an added-time equaliser through Alexander Maslov - and although there was still time for Spartak's Maxym Kalynychenko to hit the post, they now lie four points behind Lokomotiv, having played two more games.
Ten-man SC Rotor Volgograd recorded a creditable 3-2 away victory at FC Dinamo Moskva. Russian Under 21 forward Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice and Denis Zubko added another goal for the visitors - while Ognien Koroman and Andrei Dyatelj scored for Dinamo.
Valeri Kechinov was the hero for FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, as he scored a winning goal in a 3-2 victory against his former club FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast. Serghey Rogaciov and Alexey Meleshin twice put Saturn in the lead, but Victor Berco and Denis Kluyev each time equalised for Shinnik. Bur Kechinov, who left the Ramenskoye side in the summer, scored on 83 minutes to keep his team in the running for a top-four finish and 2003/04 UEFA Cup place.
Kuzmin on target
Meanwhile, FC Krylya Sovetov Samara, who are also eyeing fourth place, unexpectedly lost at FC Uralan Elista 1-0, defender Oleg Kuzmin scoring from a free-kick on 23 minutes, while FC Torpedo Moskva beat basement club FC Sokol Saratov 4-0, Alexander Shirko scoring twice.
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