MOSCOW (AP) — Spartak Moscow's hopes of a 10th Russian Premier League title received a setback in a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of FC Krasnodar in the third round on Thursday.
Spartak has not won the league since 2001 but began the season with high hopes following the arrival of former Basel coach Murat Yakin and Russia captain and midfielder Roman Shirokov.
Two former Spartak men caused their old club pain, with winger Vladimir Bystrov and Brazilian striker Ari on the scoresheet for Krasnodar.
The result left Spartak fourth, three points behind the leading duo of Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow after three games each.
There was more bad news for Spartak as both striker Artyom Dzyuba and midfielder Tino Costa were forced off injured, further thinning an already injury-depleted squad.
Both of the leaders won on Wednesday, Zenit beating Ural Yekaterinburg 2-1 away to keep the top spot on goal difference. CSKA's 1-0 victory over Terek Grozny set a league record of 13 straight wins, including the charge to the title last season.
Lokomotiv Moscow beat visiting FC Rostov 2-1 in a game in which both teams finished with 10 men. Lokomotiv seemed sure of victory at halftime, holding a two-goal lead and with Rostov a man down after Timofei Kalachev was red-carded for lashing out at Lokomotiv's Dmitry Tarasov.
The game changed on 70 minutes, when Lokomotiv's former Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka hauled down Dmitry Poloz in the box, earning a red card and giving Rostov a penalty. Poloz converted the spot kick.
In other results, Dynamo Moscow beat promoted FC Ufa 2-0, Arsenal Tula held Rubin Kazan to a goalless draw, and Torpedo Moscow and Amkar Perm drew 1-1.