Zenit's title party warms Spalletti spirit

Zenit St Petersburg rounded off their Russian championship-winning season with a tame 0-0 draw against Samara, but that didn't stop their Italian coach Luciano Spalletti celebrating by ripping off his shirt at the award ceremony.

The 51-year-old former AS Roma coach's side had clinched the title a fortnight ago with a 5-0 thrashing of Rostov and yesterday he defied the freezing weather to express his joy at delivering the title to Zenit in his first season in charge.

"It's a great celebration day for all of us today," he said. "We praise our fans for their support. Thank you all."

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Zenit finished six points clear of CSKA Moscow, who were held 0-0 by Perm.

Deposed champions Rubin Kazan finished third and also ended with a 0-0 draw against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Russia's nine-time champions Spartak Moscow, for whom former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady now plays, drew 1-1 against Dynamo Moscow and finished fourth in the table. McGeady, who set up his side's goal for Brazilian striker Welliton, was later sent off.