MOSCOW (AP) — Dynamo Moscow started its Russian Premier League campaign in impressive form on Sunday, routing FC Rostov 7-3 at home to go to the top of the table.
Dynamo striker Alexander Kokorin scored a hat trick and former Germany international Kevin Kuranyi added two more goals in the highest-scoring, top-flight Russian game in 15 years.
Former Queens Park Rangers defender Christopher Samba and Hungary international Balazs Dzsudzsak also scored for Dynamo, which has spent heavily over the last two years in pursuit of a first league title since 1976.
Dmitry Poloz scored twice and Alexandru Gatcan once for Rostov.
Dynamo was joined at the top of the table by Spartak and Zenit St. Petersburg, both of which won their opening games 4-0.
Spartak, chasing a 10th Russian title under new manager Murat Yakin, downed Rubin Kazan on Friday.
Zenit, which finished second to CSKA Moscow in the Russian league last year after former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was hired mid-season, swept aside newly promoted Arsenal Tula on Saturday. Zenit got two goals from Italy defender Domenico Criscito and another from Hulk.
Reigning champion CSKA Moscow had a rocky start to the new season, going a goal down at home to Torpedo Moscow within five minutes Saturday.
However, Torpedo defender Vladimir Rykov’s red card for a professional foul in the 33rd minute changed the game. Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia scored the resulting penalty and CSKA added three more goals for a 4-1 win, condemning Torpedo to defeat in its first Premier League game since 2007.
Lokomotiv Moscow, which finished third last season, could only manage a goalless draw Sunday at home to FC Krasnodar. Lokomotiv played without midfielders Lassana Diarra and Mbark Boussoufa, both strongly linked with possible moves abroad.
In other weekend results, Mordovia Saransk beat Ural Yekaterinburg 3-2 and Kuban Krasnodar won 2-0 at home to newly promoted FC Ufa.