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Zenit Zenit suffered a minor setback in their Russian Premier League title tilt as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Torpedo Moscow, although the match was overshadowed by alleged racist abuse.
Zenit claimed the Russian Premier League title after they drew 1-1 with Ufa and Krasnodar were held 2-2 by strugglers Torpedo Moscow.
Zenit Zenit St Petersburg laid down a marker in the Russian Premier League with a 2-0 win over champions CSKA Moscow on Friday.
CSKA Moskva CSKA Moscow beat Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 to retain their title on a pulsating final day in the Russian Premier League.
Mathieu Valbuena France attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has ended his long stint with Marseille by moving to Dinamo Moscow on a three-year-deal.
Zenit Zenit stretched their lead at the top of the Russian Premier League to seven points with a 1-0 victory over second-placed CSKA Moscow.
Liverpool Besiktas advanced to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in Istanbul on Thursday.
Christian Noboa Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda remains cautious on the fitness of midfielder Christian Noboa ahead of his country's FIFA World Cup opener.
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