Soccer-Crowd trouble mars Croatian derby, Cluj on verge of title

BELGRADE Mon May 5, 2008 6:56am BST

BELGRADE May 5 (Reuters) - Roundup of the weekend soccer action in eastern Europe:

CROATIA

One fan was seriously injured and 48 were arrested after champions Dinamo Zagreb, who secured their 10th league title last month, drew 1-1 at rivals Hajduk Split.

A 26-year-old fan had two fingers amputated after mishandling a pyrotechnical device that also injured four other people and police confiscated 111 flares before kick-off.

Fans fought running battles in the Adriatic city before and after the fixture, which has a history of crowd trouble.

Brazilian midfielder Etto snatched a late equaliser to earn Dinamo a point after Ante Rukavina had headed Hajduk into a 41st-minute lead.

ROMANIA

A Sebastian Dubarbier goal gave CFR Cluj a 1-0 home win over Gloria Bistrita and sent them top a point ahead of Steaua Bucharest with one match left after the champions lost 2-1 at bitter city foes Dinamo.

Cluj, who returned to the top flight four years ago for the first time since 1976, will win their first league title if they beat lowly city rivals Universitatea on Wednesday.

HUNGARY

Leaders MTK Budapest suffered a shock 2-0 home defeat by neighbours Vasas, allowing champions Debrecen and third-placed Ujpest to go level on points with them.

All three teams have 54 points with three matches remaining after Debrecen crushed REAC Budapest 4-0 at home and Ujpest snatched a late 1-0 win over Fehervar.

RUSSIA

Front-runners Rubin Kazan lost their 100 percent record following a 3-0 home defeat by Spartak Moscow but their closest rivals failed to take full advantage.

Second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow are six points behind after a 2-2 home draw with Luch Energiya Vladivostok while city rivals Dynamo are a further point adrift following a 2-0 defeat at promoted Shinnik Yaroslavl.

UKRAINE

Pacesetters Shakhtar Donetsk and champions Dynamo Kiev won in contrasting fashion to continue their absorbing title race with two games remaining.

Shakhtar stayed top a point ahead after a 79th-minute goal by Fernandinho gave them a 1-0 home win over Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih, while an Ismael Bangoura hat-trick helped Dynamo to a 4-1 win at struggling Zakarpattya Uzhgorod.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Champions Sparta Prague slipped to a 2-0 home defeat by fourth-placed Brno and opened the door to second-placed Slavia Prague, who can cut the deficit to one point when they visit Sigma Olomouc later on Monday.

SERBIA

Partizan Belgrade scraped a 1-0 win at Smederevo to stay top three points ahead of champions and city rivals Red Star, who won at Mladost Lucani by the same score.

(Additional reporting by Radu Timofte in Bucharest and Zoltan Fazekas in Budapest; Editing by Alastair Himmer)