CSKA Moscow fought off a challenge from surprise title contenders FC Rostov to win the Russian Premier League for the sixth time on Saturday.
Roared on by thousands of travelling fans, CSKA held on to an early lead to win 1-0 at 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...
Russian title contenders FC Rostov say all of their players were clean after a surprise doping test conducted last week by FIFA.
Rostov said in a statement on their website that they had received the results of tests taken after last week's 3-1 Russian league win over Dynamo Moscow.
The club say "all the doping tests turned out to be clean" and that its players did not use banned substances.
The testing followed reports in Russian media that Rostov had been trying to buy the banned substance meldonium.
Rostov assistant coach Vitaly Kafanov has denied rumours that his players are taking meldonium.
FIFA drug testers arrived unannounced at the club on Thursday to collect samples amid suspicions of banned substance use during Rostov's surprise pursuit of the league title.
Rostov only remained in the Russian top flight after a relegation playoff last year, but have surprisingly been involved in the title race this season and were tested after beating Dynamo Moscow 3-1 to move within two points of league...
MEXICO CITY -- FIFA doping testers turned up unannounced on Thursday to collect samples from FC Rostov amid suspicions of meldonium use during their surprise pursuit of the Russian Super League title.
The Rostov starting 11 were tested after they won 3-1 at leaders Dynamo Moscow to move within two points of the Russian capital club with two games remaining, FIFA medical chief Jiri Dvorak told The Associated Press.
Rostov only remained in the Russian top flight after a relegation playoff last year...