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Zenit march on, CSKA survive scare

Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg battled back from two goals down to thrash Novosibirsk 5-2 away from home in a seven-goal thriller today.

Zenit now have 63 points from 28 matches, nine points ahead of second-placed CSKA Moscow, who have a game in hand. Reigning champions Rubin Kazan, who play Spartak Moscow tomorrow, are third also on 54 points.

Novosibirsk stunned visitors Zenit by taking the lead after just one minute through halfback Ivan Nagibin, who beat Zenit goalkeeper Yury Zhevnov with a shot inside his left post. Polish striker Bartolomei Grzelak made it 2-0 for the hosts just four minutes later poking the ball home from close range past a helpless Zhevnov.

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