Rubin Kazan wins 2nd straight Russian league title

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Rubin Kazan has claimed its second straight Russian league title with one game to spare after a 0-0 draw with Zenit St. Petersburg. Rubin has 60 points from 29 games in the 16-team league, putting it out of reach for second-place Spartak Moscow. Spartak lost 3-2 to crosstown rival CSKA on Saturday to sit five points behind. Zenit and Lokomotiv Moscow are tied for third with 51. Rubin is located in Kazan, 750 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow. It is the third non-Moscow team to win the league championship but the first to successfully defend it. Alaniya Vladikavkaz took the title in 1995 and Zenit won in 2007. Rubin is set to host Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.


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