Zenit in eight-goal romp in empty stadium

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FC Zenit St. Petersburg's head coach Andre Villas-Boas attends a press conference in St. Petersburg, on March 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Olga Maltseva)

FC Zenit St. Petersburg's head coach Andre Villas-Boas attends a press conference in St. Petersburg, on March 20, 2014

FC Zenit St. Petersburg's head coach Andre Villas-Boas attends a press conference in St. Petersburg, on March 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Olga Maltseva)

Moscow (AFP) - Zenit St Petersburg romped to an 8-1 rout of hapless Torpedo Moscow on Saturday but a two-match stadium ban meant fans missed out on the Russian Premier League goal glut.

Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, Brazilian star Hulk and Russian forward Alexander Kerzhakov netted a brace apiece while Igor Smolnikov and Oleg Shatov were also on target for Andre Villas-Boas's side.

Zenit, who were ordered to play two home matches behind closed doors due to the unruly behaviour of their fans in a match with Dynamo Moscow in May, dominated from the kick-off despite the eerie silence.

Smolnikov headed home Viktor Faizulin's pass to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.

Rondon added his first goal seven minutes later, while Hulk scored with a precise penalty to give Zenit a commanding 3-0 advantage at half-time.

After the interval Rondon and Hulk both scored again while Kerzhakov, who came as a substitute just before the hour mark, added a brace before Shatov made it 8-0 for Zenit.

Dmitry Aidov netted a late consolation for Torpedo, who have conceded 12 goals in their two matches so far.

"I am very pleased with the behaviour of my players, the result and the control they had in the game," said Villas-Boas.

"My players deserve the credit with no support from inside the stadium. But we achieved a great result against a team which looked very solid against CSKA a week ago."

Champions CSKA Moscow also preserved their 100 per cent start with Ivory Coast marksman Seydou Doumbia scoring in the 1-0 win on Mordovia Saransk's plastic pitch.

Doumbia, the league's leading scorer last season with 18 goals, scored from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go after he had been brought down in the area.

Mordovia's Belgian midfielder Richard Danilo was unlucky to see a close-range shot bounce back off the woodwork in the second minute of injury time.

"It wasn't a spectacular match as it was really hard to play on a dry synthetic pitch in high temperatures," CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said.

On Sunday, Russia's most successful club Spartak will clash with Dynamo in the Moscow derby, while last season's third-place finishers Lokomotiv Moscow take on promoted Arsenal Tula.

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