Torpedo keeps Russian Premier League survival hopes alive

Torpedo Moscow’s Hugo Vieira (right) tries to get clear (Getty Images) Source: Getty Images Europe

Torpedo Moscow claimed the win it needed to keep its hopes of Russian Premier League survival alive, overcoming Ural 3-1 in a meeting between two struggling sides.

Anything other than a win would have seen Torpedo consigned to one of the two automatic relegation places, but as it stands it still has a chance of going into a play-off to preserve its status.

After falling behind to an early goal from Pablo Fontanello, Torpedo fought back strongly and secured the required result thanks to a brace of penalties from Hugo Vieira - the first after Ural goalkeeper Nikolai Zabolotnyi had been sent off - and Dalibor Stevanovic's effort.

The victory ended a seven-match winless run, and saw it climb off the bottom and a point above Arsenal Tula into 15th.

Ural is one point better off in 14th, while the other relegation play-off berth is occupied by Rostov, which dropped in after wins for Ufa and Amkar Perm.

The latter's 1-0 defeat of champion Zenit St Petersburg sees it assured of safety, although Ufa still has work to do on the final day despite its 2-1 success at Spartak Moscow.

Rostov's ill-timed poor run of form continued as it lost 2-1 at Krasnodar - a fifth straight winless game - thanks to first-half goals from Roman Shirokov and Wanderson.

Arsenal Tula, meanwhile, needs a win on the last day to have any chance of climbing into the relegation play-offs after it was twice pegged back in a 2-2 draw at Dinamo Moscow, which saw Alex Buttner dismissed.

At the opposite end of the table, CSKA Moscow remains second and in with a chance of UEFA Champions League qualification after it saw off Rubin Kazan 3-0 at home.

Kuban Krasnodar - which parted company with coach Leonid Kuchuk earlier in the day - drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow in a repeat of this week's Russian Cup final.

Elsewhere, Morodovia Saransk defeated Terek Grozny 1-0.

Source Omnisport