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
Dinamo Moscow began life after Dan Petrescu with a thumping 5-0 win over Volga Nizhny Novgorod.