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CSKA Moscow hold off Rostov challenge to win Russian Premier League

CSKA Moscow fought off a challenge from surprise title contender FC Rostov to win the Russian Premier League for the sixth time Saturday.

football Updated: May 21, 2016 18:39 IST
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CSKA held on to an early lead to win 1-0 against Rubin Kazan, knowing that if Rubin had equalised Rostov would have taken the title.(Photo: Twitter handle @PFC_CSKA_MOSCOW)

CSKA Moscow fought off a challenge from surprise title contender FC Rostov to win the Russian Premier League for the sixth time Saturday.

CSKA held on to an early lead to win 1-0 against Rubin Kazan, knowing that if Rubin had equalised Rostov would have taken the title on the head-to-head record.

Alan Dzagoev scored the vital goal for CSKA with a fierce shot in the 19th minute, and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev preserved the lead with a spectacular double save in the final minutes.

Rostov goes into the Champions League qualifying rounds, while reigning champion Zenit is third and heads for the Europa League.