Zenit St Petersburg took advantage of a low-scoring day in the
Hulk's 14th-minute penalty was the only goal scored across all three of the day's top-flight fixtures as Zenit moved onto 47 points, eight shy of leader CSKA Moscow.
The win saw Zenit pull four points clear of third-placed Anzhi Makhachkala, which was held to a goalless draw by Alania Vladikavkaz, while fourth-placed
Russian Premier League
Alexander Bukharov scored the only goal of the game as Anzhi Makhachkala finally secured its first victory of the Premier League season at the 20th attempt against Rubin Kazan.