Second-placed Rostov failed to narrow the gap to the Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at FC Krasnodar.
A precise spotkick by Pavel Mamaev and an injury-time winner by Francisco Wanderson set last-season's third place finishers Krasodar on their way to a well-deserved win, which lifted them up to sixth. The result left Rostov in second, six points behind league leaders CSKA Moscow and equal on points with two-time former champions Lokomotiv Moscow, who played out a 2-2 draw with city rivals Dinamo. Reigning champions Zenit St. Petersburg, who were beaten 4-1 at Terek Grozny on Saturday, sit fourth two points further back.
After a goalless first half, Rostov defender Denis Terentiev was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 83rd minute. Krasnodar soon made the visitors pay as Mamaev put his side 1-0 up in the 86th minute from the spot after Ricardo Laborde was brought down in the area. Rostov's Iranian forward Serdar Azmun pulled the scores level just two minutes later with a close-range header but second-half substitute Wanderson netted Krasnodar's winner from the edge of the penalty box in the second minute of stoppage time.
"It was an interesting match, which kept the fans in suspense until the last moments," Spartak head coach Dmitry Alenuchev said. "Of course we wanted to win and did our best for the victory today but the late defensive blunder dashed our hopes to get all three points."