Dmitry Kombarov scored a late winner to ensure Spartak Moscow's comeback in a 2-1 win at home over Rubin, bouncing back from last week’s humiliation at Zenit in St Petersburg.
Still smarting from a 5-0 mauling at Zenit, Unai Emery's side again conceded ten minutes before halftime. Alan Kasaev earned a penalty for Rubin and Bibras Natcho made no fuss about it.
It stayed 0-1 until the 73rd minute, when Kombarov fed in a corner for Brazilian new boy Romulu to head home his maiden goal in Russia on his debut for Spartak.
In a frantic last ten minutes, the ref once again pointed at the spot after Welliton was brought down on the border of the area. Kombarov coolly sent the keeper the wrong way. Rubin then hit the bar in their late assault, trying to earn at least a draw, but the home side hung on for victory.
Volga 0-2 Lokomotiv Moscow
Felipe Caicedo struck in the 65th minute to give Lokomotiv the lead at Volga, and captain Denis Glushakov put the final result beyond any doubt with a solo stunt five minutes from time.
The win helped the Railwaymen return to the third spot in the table behind Zenit and Spartak. Both sides are level on points, but the reigning champs have a game in hand.