After 14 rounds, blue-white-blue has 32 points. At the same time, Sergei Semak's wards have yet to play in the 15th round with Moscow CSKA.
Before the 15th round, only the metropolitan Lokomotiv had a chance to get ahead of Zenit, but the railwaymen drew with Ufa (1: 1).
Rostov can catch up with the Petersburg team in the event of its victory over Krasnodar and if Zenit lose to CSKA, but Valery Karpin’s team will not be able to rise to first place, as they lost to blue-white-blue in the full-time meeting.
Earlier, Tambov defeated Sochi in the 15th round of the RPL.