CSKA remain well in the hunt for Russian Premier League summit supremacy after coming out on the right side of an eight-goal thriller with Samuel Eto'o and his Anzhi side in Makhachlka.
Anzhi Makhachkala 3-5 CSKA Moscow
It was the Eto’o himself who got the home side off the mark with just four minutes on the clock, scoring on the rebound.
But it was all CSKA after that, with the inform Muscovites hitting five goals in a row against the sloppy Anzhi defense.
Seydou Doumbia helped himself to his first Russian hat-trick, with Vagner Love and Alan Dzagoev also adding their names to the scoresheet.
Two late Anzhi goals would leave the final result a little more respectable, but there was no doubting who controlled proceedings in Dagestan, 5-3.
Rostov 1-3 Zenit St. Petersburg
Zenit have maintained a two-point gap over CSKA after a solid win in Rostov-on-Don.
A stunning goal got things going after nine minutes, with Man of the Match, Danny, finishing off a superb move by his partners, 1-0.
The visitors doubled their advantage a quarter of an hour later when Aleksandr Bukharov was brought down in the area.
Aleksandr Lukovic congratulated himself on his birthday by doing the rest from the spot, 2-0.
Two became three right after the half-hour mark, with Bukharov heading home.
Hektor Brakamonte did pull one goal back straight after the break, but that was to be the hosts' sole highlight, 3-1.
Spartak Moscow 4-0 FC Tom
Spartak Moscow moved up to joint fourth with a 4-0 whipping of FC Tom. The Red-and-Whites would slip back to fifth again though should city rivals Lokomotiv win later on Monday against Spartak Nalchik.
Ari collected a brace and defender Marek Sychy got one too. But it was 19-year-old Dmitry Kayumov who was declared the game’s hero, as the youngster scored on his debut for the main team.
Meanwhile, FC Tom have broken one of the biggest anti-records in Russian football. The Siberians are scoreless in 11 games in row, with their goal drought lasting for over 1,000 minutes.
This year the Top 8 after 30 games will play each other for the title. The current championship consists of three rounds as the RPL switches to European calendar.