KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — CSKA Moscow retained the Russian Premier League title with a last-day win over Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday.
CSKA prevailed 1-0 at home to take its fifth Russian title by one point, as Zenit St. Petersburg won 4-1 away to FC Kuban to finish second and qualify for the Champions League.
Lokomotiv led the title race for much of the season before its form dipped. It finished third, earning a berth in the Europa League.
Serbian winger Zoran Tosic's 47th-minute goal gave CSKA the win against Lokomotiv, completing a remarkable season for his team, which was nine points off the league lead in March.
"I don't know what to say. It's just such a fairytale," CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said. "Thankyou to the people who supported us throughout the entire season."
After a quiet first half, the game came to life with Tosic's goal. He picked up a misplaced Lokomotiv pass in midfield and ran at the defense, feinting a pass to striker Seydou Doumbia before stroking the ball past goalkeeper Guilherme.
Lokomotiv striker Dame N'Doye hit the post five minutes from time. Had he scored, it would have handed the title to Zenit.