Zenit keep Russian title hopes alive with home win

St. Petersburg, May 20 (IANS) Defending Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg have kept their title hopes alive with a 3-1 home win over Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

After falling behind in the 18th minute Sunday, Zenit went into the break at 1-1 following a 35th-minute Luis Neto equaliser, reports Xinhua.

Zenit fans were then forced to wait nervously until the final 10 minutes when goals from Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov finally secured the three points that the club needed to keep themselves within range of CSKA Moscow at the top of the table after the league leaders’ 0-0 draw with Kuban Krasnodar Saturday.

Although Zenit remain three points behind the Moscow club with only one round to go, they lead on goal difference and could theoretically still win the league if they beat 11th-placed Amkar Perm, but only if CSKA also lose to 14th-placed Rostov-na-Donu next Sunday.

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