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Kazan close on Zenit

Reigning champions Rubin Kazan moved closer to Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg with a 2-0 home win over Ramenskoye on Sunday. Zenit, with 40 points from 16 matches, had a free weekend and the result allowed Kazan to take second spot with 36 points. Rubin dominated the play and took the lead in the 33rd minute through Christian Noboah, who scored from the spot after Ramenkoye defenders fouled Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins. Kazan striker Alexei Medvedev scored in the 69th minute from a header to secure Rubin’s win. Meanwhile, Kevin Kuranyi scored twice in the Moscow derby clash to bolster his burgeoning account for new club Dynamo Moscow, who derailed city rivals Lokomotiv 3-0. Spartak Moscow clinched a confident 4-2 win over visiting Tomsk. Brazilian marksman Welliton was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick in just six minutes.

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Bordeaux earn first win

A goal by Michael Ciani deep in added time gave Girondins Bordeaux a 2-1 win at Paris St Germain and their first points in the Ligue 1 season on Sunday. The 2009 champions, who had lost their first two games, needed a late header from a corner by central defender Ciani to win a lively contest at the Parc des Princes. Bordeaux opened the scoring with a headed goal by France midfielder Alou Diarra on 67 minutes. PSG had leveled courtesy of a goal from close range by forward Guillaume Hoarau 14 minutes from time. New Girondins coach Jean Tigana left Yoann Gourcuff out of his starting lineup. The France playmaker has asked for a move according to French media. Caen dropped down a gear after a stunning start when they were held to a goalless draw at Montpellier earlier on Sunday. The side from Normandy had started their campaign with wins over Marseille and Lyon.

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Pakistani told to Butt out

Andy Flower has told Salman Butt to mind his own business after the Pakistan captain backed Australia to deny England a successful defense of the Ashes. Butt was unequivocal when asked by reporters who he favored to win the Ashes series, which starts in Brisbane in November. “The Aussies are much better players in their own conditions,” Butt said. “The ball doesn’t swing so much, so the bowlers have to work hard. In their conditions they are better than England.” However, England coach Flower, speaking on Sunday, said: “Salman Butt shouldn’t really be making judgments about our bowlers in Australia. Of course, if the ball doesn’t swing at any venue, bowlers will be less dangerous. That’s perfectly obvious.”

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Panucci calls it a day

Former Italy international Christian Panucci has announced his retirement at the age of 37. In a 20-year career the right-back, who could also play in the middle of defense, represented AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea, amongst other teams. He won the Champions League with both Milan and Madrid and lifted titles in Italy and Spain. “I had other offers from the United States but I don’t have the same desire as before, it’s right to say enough,” he told Sky Sport 24. Panucci reserved special thanks for Fabio Capello, with whom he worked at Milan, Madrid and AS Roma. “Being the first Italian at Real Madrid and having won the Champions League was one of the best moments,” he said about his time in Spain. Following eight seasons at Roma, Panucci, who began his career with Genoa, spent his last season at Parma.

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