Dynamo beats Torpedo to retake 2nd place in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — Dynamo Moscow scored twice in the last 10 minutes Monday to beat Torpedo Moscow 3-1 and retake second place in the Russian league.
Dynamo’s win keeps the Moscow club within six points of rampant Russian Premier League leader Zenit St. Petersburg, which routed FC Rostov 5-0 on Saturday.
Former Zenit midfielder Alexei Ionov scored twice for Dynamo, netting the opener after 10 minutes before Alexander Katsalapov responded for Torpedo within seconds of the kickoff.
With Dynamo heading for a 1-1 draw, Ionov struck again in the 82nd with a shot from the edge of the box. Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak made sure of the points seven minutes later.
Dynamo lost 3-2 to Zenit last week and Andre Villas-Boas’ team has won all eight of its league games this season.
Venezuelan striker Jose Salomon Rondon scored a hat trick against struggling Rostov, who sit one place above the relegation zone in 14th and contributed to Zenit’s victory with two own goals.
The St. Petersburg club sits top on a maximum 24 points, six ahead of a chasing pack that includes Dynamo, reigning champion CSKA Moscow and surprise package FC Kuban.
CSKA won its third game in a row with a 2-1 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday, a day after Kuban, the only unbeaten team in the league bar Zenit, earned its fifth win of the season, seeing off Rubin Kazan 2-1.
Spartak Moscow continued to struggle with a 1-1 draw at home to Terek Grozny which left the team fifth, eight points behind Zenit, Spartak’s next opponent Saturday.
In other results, FC Krasnodar rose to seventh Monday with a 2-1 win over Amkar Perm. Saturday saw relegation-threatened Ural Yekaterinburg pick up its first win of the season, beating FC Ufa 1-0, after Mordovia Saransk beat Arsenal Tula by the same score in a battle between two newly-promoted clubs.