MOSCOW, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 07th Nov, 2016 ) - Zenit St Petersburg missed the chance to pull level with leaders Spartak Moscow as they suffered their first league defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at Terek Grozny on Sunday. A brace by Albanian international striker Bekim Balaj set Terek on their way to a third consecutive league win, which lifted them into third. Zenit's Slovak international Robert Mak opened the scoring in the 10th minute, sending a rebound into an unguarded net after Terek goalkeeper Yevgeny Gorodov parried Axel Witsel's initial shot.
But Balaj scored twice within the space of four minutes to put the club from the capital of the Chechen republic into the lead. After the interval Zenit's Witsel squandered three clear chances to level before Luis Neto dashed the visitors' hopes to save the day in injury time when he was sent off for the second bookable offence. "It was a difficult and a nervous game," Terek manager Rashid Rakhimov said. "We've played well-organised football today.
We didn't succumb to panic after Zenit scored and just continued to play our regular football. "I'm pleased with my players' full devotion, which helped us to reverse the situation and win." Reigning champions CSKA Moscow, beaten in their last two league outings, lost points again as they were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors Amkar Perm. Veteran Sergei Ignashevich put the Red Army side into the lead with a precise spotkick in the 18th minute after Amkar skipper Petar Zanev brought down Mario Fernandes in the area. Amkar hit back through full back Georgy Dzhikia and midfielder Mikhail Kostyukov, who scored one apiece within just three minutes before former Manchester United midfielder Zoran Tosic rounded off the scoring with his first-half injury-time goal.