Spartak Moscow moved up to second spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 home win over Tomsk, although it had to come from behind to defeat the division's bottom club.
Spartak suffered its first defeat of the campaign last time out after going down to Amkar Perm and it looked in danger of suffering another loss as Tomsk - without a point from its opening six games - took an eighth-minute lead through
However, Spartak drew level on the stroke of half-time thanks to
The result leaves Spartak three points behind leader CSKA Moscow and level on 14 points with Zenit St Petersburg and Rostov.
Zenit also claimed a 2-1 win, although it left it even later than Spartak before seeing off 10-man Lokomotiv Moscow.
Zenit looked to be in total control at half-time after taking a 43rd-minute lead through
Lokomotiv, which thrashed previously-unbeaten Rostov 5-0 in its last match, refused to give in though, and it drew level through a penalty of its own in the 71st minute, Mbark Boussoufa the goalscorer.
That seemed set to earn the visitor a point but, with just four minutes left on the clock,
Rostov slumped to fourth after drawing 1-1 at Dinamo Moscow.
In the day's other match, Krylya Sovetov and Kuban Krasnodar drew 0-0.
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