Spartak coach sacked after Dynamo loss
Dynamo Moscow gained sweet revenge for a crushing four-goal defeat to city rivals Spartak earlier in the season with a 5-1 away win - and saw Spartak swiftly sack Spanish coach Unai Emery.
Within minutes of the final whistle, Spartak general manager Valery Karpin told the Interfax news agency: "The club's shareholders have taken the decision that Emery will no longer coach Spartak. We will announce our next steps soon."
Dynamo's comprehensive victory moved them up to ninth place in the table, 15 points adrift of leaders CSKA Moscow.
When Spartak thrashed Dynamo 4-0, they were coached by Sergei Silkin, but on Sunday, the man who replaced him, Romanian Dan Petrescu, said: "It was my team season's best match so far.
"Now we shall forget about this win and prepare for our next match with Rubin, who are our most uncomfortable opponents."
Russian international striker Alexander Kokorin put Dynamo ahead in the 15th minute beating Spartak 'keeper Andrei Dykan with a deflected 25-metre free kick.
Equadorian midfielder Christian Noboa made it 2-0 three minutes later, latching on to Hungarian midfielder Balazs Dzsudzsak's cross.
Kokorin gave Dynamo a commanding 3-0 lead just before the break, picking up the ball in the centre circle and finishing off a solo run.
Late substitute Igor Semshov then struck twice in nine minutes before Artem Dzyuba netted an injury-time consolation goal for Spartak.
In Sunday's other match, Kuban Krasnodar cruised to a 4-1 win over Samara to move into fourth place.
Bulgarian midfielder Ivelin Popov scored twice with Senegalese striker Ibrahima Balde and Armenian international Marcos Pizelli chipping in with one apiece, and Kuban's Armenian midfielder Aras Ozbiliz netting an own goal for Samara.