- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) - CSKA Moscow closed in on the Russian Premier League title by beating Terek Grozny 1-0 while Zenit St. Petersburg kept up its chance for a Champions League spot on Saturday.

Midfielder Pontus Wernbloom headed in the only goal at the far post off a free kick from Alan Dzagoev in the 18th minute.

The goal was a measure of redemption for Wernbloom, who missed the target from close range with a header 10 minutes before.

CSKA dominated and missed a higher score only because of Terek goalkeeper Yevgeny Gorodov, who made good saves to deny Zoran Tosic and Vasily Berezutsky. Terek fullback Luke Wilkshire was sent off for a second booking in the 80th.

With three games to go, CSKA was two points clear at the top from surprise title contender FC Rostov, which beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 on Friday.

Rostov’s goals came from Christian Noboa and young forward Serdar Azmoun, who is finishing the season off strongly with three goals in his last three games.

Zenit was third, two points off Rostov, which holds the second and last Champions League qualification spot.

After winning the Russian Cup on Monday, Zenit defeated Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0. Anzhi finished with 10 men after midfielder Bernard Berisha picked up a second yellow card.

FC Krasnodar’s titles hopes grew fainter after a 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan left it six points off the pace with three games left.

At the bottom of the table, Anzhi was five points from safety in the relegation zone, while Kuban Krasnodar was four points off after losing 2-1 to Mordovia Saransk, the first team outside the drop zone.

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