Alania spank Spartak; Zenit leave it late at Amkar; CSKA & Sibir hit four; Tosun cracker leads Trab

Alania Vladikavkaz 5 – Spartak Moscow 2 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2010) A dramatic first-half ended 2-2 in Vladikavkaz, with Spartak twice coming from behind. Georgiy Gabulov scored his second of the match 21 minutes after the break to give Alaniya a 3-2 lead, his powerful long-range free-kick leaving Spartak’s keeper with no chance. Poor defending let Arsen Khubulov in for the home team’s fourth in the 88th minute and Sergei Dadu completed Spartak’s misery from what looked suspiciously like an offside position in injury time. Spartak were denied a third goal right at the end of the match when Wellinton saw his spot-kick saved.

Amkar Perm 0 – Zenit St. Petersburg 2 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2010) Two late strikes from Maksim Kanunnikov and Danny ensured Zenit were able to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table following victory at Amkar.

CSKA Moscow 4 – Terek 1 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2010) CSKA went into the break 1-0 down against Terek Grozny, but two goals from Alan Dzagoyev and strikes from Chidi Odiah and Mark Gonzalez saw Leonid Slutsky’s side move into second place.

Sibir Novosibirsk 4 – Samara 1 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2010) Sibir Novosibirsk climbed off the foot of the table with a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Krylya Sovetov. The visitors were ahead after a sixth-minute strike from Sergei Tkachev but Tomas Cizek equalised two minutes later. Sibir Novosibirsk then ran away with the match with further goals from Aleksei Medvedev, Arunas Klimavicius and Maxim Astafiev.

Rostov 0 – Rubin Kazan 2 (Russian Premier League, May 10, 2010) Kazan were 2-0 winners at Rostov following goals from Sergei Semak and Alexander Bukharov.

***

Trabzonspor 2 – Denizlispor 1 (Super Lig, May 10, 2010) Giray Kacar’s sixth minute opener for the hosts was cancelled out by Ahmed Cebe’s curler 10 minutes from the break. The winner arrived on the hour through Murat Tosun’s brilliant arching effort into the far top corner.