Zenit St Petersburg's stunning start to the Premier League season continued as it thrashed Spartak Moscow 5-0.
The result made it four wins from four for Zenit, which took the lead after 15 minutes through Maksim Kanunnikov. It had to wait until seven minutes into the second half to double the lead, through
A double from Viktor Faitzulin (67 and 87) wrapped up the win, with Spartak having won all three of its league games prior to this. Its task was made more difficult by the 63rd-minute dismissal of winger
Lokomotiv Moscow joined third-placed Anzhi Makhachkala on seven points after a 2-2 draw at home to Alania Vladikavkaz.
Lokomotiv burst ahead through
Maicon restored Lokomotiv's lead (33) but this time it lasted just four minutes as
Alania finished the match with 10 men after substitute Aslan Dudiev was sent off with seven minutes to go.
Terek Grozny moved behind Lokomotiv on goal difference after a 2-0 win at home to Volga as
South Korean media blamed Iran for angry scenes at a tense FIFA World Cup qualifier which ended with fans pelting debris on to the pitch and the visiting coach under fire for a rude gesture.