Pavluchenko heroics in vain

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A Roman Pavluchenko hat-trick was not enough for Spartak Moscow as a last-minute Malkhaz Asatiani strike condemned them to a 4-3 defeat at city rivals Lokomotiv.

The result allowed Zenit St Petersburg to go top of the Premier Liga after a 4-1 win at Rubin Kazan.

Pavluchenko struck twice in the first 20 minutes to give the visitors a two-goal cushion but goals from Peter Odemwingie (30) and Dmitri Sychev (42) ensured the sides were level at half-time.

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