CSKA edge Lokomotiv
CSKA Moscow edged nine-man local rivals Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 on Sunday to stay top of the league thanks to goals from Swedish midfielders Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom. CSKA now have 33 points from 14 matches, one point ahead of Anzhi Makhachkala in second, while champions Zenit St Petersburg are third on 30. There was little to divide CSKA and Lokomotiv on the synthetic pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki Arena until Elm beat Lokomotiv’s Croatian goalkeeper Dario Kresic with a well-struck free-kick in the 29th minute, but Lokomotiv leveled just four minutes later when defender Andrei Yeshchenko fired home from outside the area with a help of a slight deflection. The turning point came eight minutes after the break when Lokomotiv defender Dmitry Tarasov was sent off for a second bookable offense. Lokomotiv then suffered a killer blow when substitute Maicon went off injured in the 80th minute after coach Slaven Bilic had made his third substitution, reducing Lokomotiv to nine men. Smelling blood, CSKA upped the pressure and in the second minute of stoppage-time Wernbloom netted the winner, turning Sergei Ignashevich’s powerful 25m shot into the goal. “It was a really tough win, as we failed to show our best play in attack today,” CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said.
Twente beat Feyenoord
Goals from Nacer Chadli, Dusan Tadic and Luc Castaignos gave Twente a 3-0 win against Feyenoord in the Dutch league on Sunday. The prettiest goal was the first, with Tadic dribbling past four Feyenoord players, before passing for Chadli to finish. Castaignos scored after controlling a long-range pass and Tadic found the net from a free-kick. “We scored at the right times and didn’t give much away,” Twente coach Steve McClaren said. PSV Eindhoven gave Heracles Almelo a 4-0 drubbing, while defending champions Ajax lost 2-0 at home to Vitesse to drop to fifth place in the standings. Wilfried Bony scored twice for Vitesse against a lackluster Ajax.
Greens win Athenian derby
A goal from Spanish striker Toche earned Panathinaikos a 1-0 victory over AEK in a nervy Athenian derby on Sunday as the Greens moved into the top six of the Super League. Toche guided home Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’ precise left-wing cross from close range after 24 minutes to clinch three vital points for Jesualdo Ferreira’s stuttering side, who have endured a slow start to the season. Panathinaikos had goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to thank after the Greece international pulled off a string of saves in the second half to deny the visitors an equalizer. The result saw Panathinaikos move into sixth spot with 12 points from nine games, while struggling AEK remain bottom of the 16-team table with just five points. PAOK stayed in touch with a 2-1 win at Panionios on Sunday, Stefanos Athanasiadis taking his tally for the season to seven with a first-half brace.
Sporting beaten in Setubal
Sporting’s poor start to the season continued as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at 10-man Vitoria Setubal on Sunday, leaving the traditional powerhouse just one point above the relegation zone. Pedro Santos put Setubal ahead in the 27th minute. Jeffren Suarez leveled for Sporting three minutes before halftime, but Setubal striker Albert Meyong netted in the 68th minute from a pass by Cristiano Moraes. Setubal held on even though Bruno Lourenco left the team a man down in the 76th minute after his second booking.