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CSKA's title hopes fade in loss to Amkar in Russian league

CSKA Moscow's title hopes fade in 1-0 loss to Amkar Perm in Russian league

CSKA's title hopes fade in loss to Amkar in Russian league

MOSCOW (AP) -- CSKA Moscow's hopes of retaining the Russian Premier League title appeared all but over Monday after a 1-0 loss to lowly Amkar Perm.

The loss to the league's bottom-placed team leaves CSKA third, 12 points behind leader Zenit St. Petersburg with seven games remaining and in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Zenit's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan on Sunday had given CSKA hope of closing the gap, before Amkar's Igor Kireev seized on a mix-up by the CSKA defense on 59 minutes to score the only goal of the game, giving Amkar its first league win since October.

FC Krasnodar, which holds the second of the two Champions League places, is eight points behind Zenit and four ahead of CSKA as it bids to qualify for Europe's biggest competition for the first time.


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:09 GMT+08:00