Round-up of action from Eastern Europe

April 24, 2006
By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE, April 24 (Reuters) - Round-up of the weekend soccer action in eastern Europe.

RUSSIA - Teenage Brazilian striker Alves continued his scoring run to steer champions and league leaders CSKA Moscow to a 1-0 home win against Saturn Ramenskoye.

The 19-year old took his tally to eight in six matches with a superb long range effort that kept CSKA in the driving seat two points ahead of a chasing pack of four teams.

Second-placed Rubin Kazan were held to a 4-4 draw in a see-saw thriller at struggling Lokomotiv Moscow after trailing 3-1 and leading 4-3. Argentine striker Alejandro Domingues scored a second half hat-trick to give Rubin the edge in the closing stages before the home team's captain Dmitry Loskov completed his own hat-trick with an 83rd minute equaliser.

FC Moscow staged a second-half comeback to earn a 3-3 draw at Spartak Moscow after trailing 3-0 at halftime.

HUNGARY - Rampant leaders Ujpest went five points clear at the top with a 7-0 destruction of neighbours Kispest Honved after closest rivals Videoton Fehervar lost 3-0 at Kaposvar.

Champions Debrecen stayed third, a further point adrift, after Senegalese striker Ibrahim Sidibe scored a goal either side of the break to give them a 2-0 win at Pecs.

A high-scoring weekend was capped by an avalanche of goals in fourth-placed MTK Budapest's 6-3 win at home against lowly Zalaegerszeg. MTK led 6-1 after 37 minutes and the visitors brought on their reserve goalkeeper who helped them salvage some pride with several fine saves.

UKRAINE - Front-runners Dynamo Kiev recovered from last week's 2-0 home defeat to Dnipro after a 3-0 win at FC Kharkiv lifted them two points above champions Shaktar Donetsk with three matches remaining.

Shaktar slipped up in a 0-0 home draw with lowly Vorskla Poltava and their bid to retain the title may rest on winning at Dinamo on the final day of the season.

First-half goals from veteran striker Sergey Rebrov and Serbian defender Goran Gavrancic sent Dinamo on their way before Valentin Belkevich added the third in injury time.

POLAND - Legia Warsaw beat Zaglebie Lubin 1-0 to close in on the league title after a 1-0 defeat to first division newcomers Korona Kielce left champions and closest rivals Wisla Krakow seven points behind.

Roger Guerreiro struck on the hour to give 10-man Legia the win after Burkina Faso defender Moussa Ouattara was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Wisla's hopes of winning a third consecutive title were dented when Krzysztof Gajtkowski scored Korona's winner with a 46th minute solo effort.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO - Red Star Belgrade lifted their 24th league title thanks to a brace from Dusan Djokic which gave them a 2-0 win over OFK Belgrade and left them nine points clear at the top.

Djokic opened the scoring with an opportunist goal in the first half and sealed the match with a crisp low shot in the 79th minute to delight the festive home crowd.

Last season's champions Partizan Belgrade lost any faint hopes of retaining the title after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Buducnost Banatski Dvor.

CROATIA - Dinamo Zagreb took a step closer to winning the title with a 3-1 victory at Kamen Ingrad Velika that kept them seven points ahead of Rijeka.

Two goals from top scorer Ivan Bosnjak and a third by under-21 international Luka Modric steered Dinamo to a vital win after Rijeka thrashed champions Hajduk Split 4-0.

In-form striker Davor Vugrinec netted a hat-trick and Ahmet Sharbini added the fourth to sink Hajduk, who stayed fifth with a forlorn hope of playing in Europe next season.

ROMANIA - Banel Nicolita scored two goals and set up the third for strike partner Nicolae Dica to claim the man of the match award in Steaua Bucharest's 3-0 home win against Farul Constanta that lifted the champions into pole position.

City rivals Dinamo and Rapid are level on points with Steaua but have played two games more.

Dinamo continued their patchy form with a 1-0 defeat at Cluj while Rapid stayed in contention to win their second title in three years after an injury time header from Ionut Rada gave them a 2-1 victory against bottom team Bacau.

CZECH REPUBLIC - Slovan Liberec stayed on course to win their first league title in four years after Jiri Bilek headed home his first goal for the club to give them a 1-0 win against Pribram.

Second-placed Mlada Boleslav are nine points off the pace after a 1-0 defeat at mid-table Most while a 0-0 draw at Banik Ostrava left third-placed Teplice a further point adrift.

BULGARIA - Two first-half goals from Valery Domovchiiski gave leaders Levski Sofia a 2-0 home win against city rivals Lokomotiv to keep them two points ahead of champions CSKA Sofia, who beat Beroe Stara Zagora 4-1.

Emil Gargorov scored a brace while Eurgen Trica and Jose Furtado added a goal each for CSKA.