Round up of Eastern European stories

November 7, 2005

BELGRADE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of weekend soccer action in eastern Europe:

RUSSIA

CSKA Moscow won the title with a match to spare after a 2-1 victory over city rivals Dynamo gave them an unassailable four-point lead over last season's champions Lokomotiv Moscow and Spartak.

Defender Alexei Berezutsky fired CSKA ahead in the 55th minute with a close range effort and Daniel Carvahlo doubled the lead with a delightful lob from 18 metres before Denis Kolodin pulled one back.

Lokomotiv beat relegated Terek Grozny 3-0 and Spartak edged Saturn Ramenskoye 1-0. They meet on the final day to determine who will finish second and join CSKA in next season's Champions League qualifiers.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

A 74th-minute header by international defender Milan Dudic gave leaders Red Star Belgrade a 1-0 win at city rivals OFK to keep them five points clear of Vozdovac Belgrade, who beat Habitfarm Ivanjica.

Vozdovac, who have risen from relative obscurity to uncharted territory in top flight, continued their impressive run thanks to a late goal from Dejan Zivkovic.

Champions Partizan Belgrade stayed third, six points off the pace, after goals from Srdjan Radonjic and teenager Nebojsa Marinkovic gave them a 2-0 home win against Buducnost Banatski Dvor.

HUNGARY

Former Italian international Giuseppe Signori scored a superb goal Cup winners Sopron in their 3-1 home win over lowly Pecs.

The 37-year-old forward curled the ball home from the edge of the box to seal the match after two goals from Andras Horvath had cancelled out Ivan Balasko's first-minute opener.

Videoton Fehervar stretched their lead to two points with a 1-0 win against MTK Budapest thanks to a 75th-minute penalty from Czaba Csizmadia.

Second-placed champions Debrecen drew 3-3 at Tatabanya, with all six goals coming in a thrilling second half.

CROATIA

Runaway leaders Dinamo Zagreb were held to a 0-0 home draw by Inter Zapresic after winning seven in a row.

Rijeka moved back into second, 11 points behind them, with a 4-1 rout of Osijek.

Two goals by Ahmed Sharbini and one each from Davor Vugrinec and Igor Novakovic gave Rijeka the win after Josip Milardovic headed Osijek into an early lead.

Champions Hajduk Split's poor run of form continued with a 1-1 draw at Medjimurje Cakovec which left them in fifth position, trailing traditional rivals Dinamo by 17 points.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Champions Sparta Prague lost 2-1 at Jablonec and slipped to 11th in the 16-team division, just three points above the relegation zone.

Tomas Michalek steered home a long ball in the first half and Petr Smisek drilled in a 74th-minute winner for Jablonec after Tomas Polacek had equalised.

Second-placed Teplice missed a chance to go top after a 2-0 home defeat to Ostrava, meaning leaders Liberec could go five points clear if they beat Pribram on Monday.

POLAND

A neat finish from Radoslaw Sobolewski gave champions Wisla Krakow a 1-0 win at Gornik Zabrze to keep them top on goal difference from Legia Warsaw, who beat Amica Wronki 2-0.

Marcin Burkhardt scored against his former club to give Legia an 18th-minute lead and Sebastian Szalachowski sealed the win after the break.

SLOVAKIA

Third-placed champions Artmedia Bratislava closed the gap on leaders Spartak Trnava to four points after second-half goals from Ondrej Debnar and Lukas Hartig helped them to a 2-0 win over Banska Bystrica.

Spartak Trnava slipped to a 3-1 defeat at fourth-placed Nitra and closest rivals Ruzomberok stayed three points adrift after a 3-0 setback at Dubnica.

BULGARIA

Champions CSKA Sofia beat city rivals Lokomotiv 2-1 to go seven points clear of second-placed Levski Sofia, who visit Vihren Sandanski later on Monday.

A header from youngster Aleksandar Branekov and Tiago Silva's injury-time penalty lifted CSKA after Cvetan Genkov fired Lokomotiv ahead in the 17th minute.

ROMANIA

Leaders Dinamo Bucharest beat Vaslui 2-1 with goals from Mihaita Plesan and top scorer Claudiu Niculescu to go five points clear of champions and city rivals Steaua, who lost 1-0 at high-flying newcomers CFR Cluj.

Cristian Coroian sank the former European champions with an early goal to help Cluj move into third position, seven points behind Dinamo.