MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti)
Spartak Moscow honored eminent midfielder Yegor Titov in a testimonial match against Dynamo Kiev on Sunday that featured a host of football, tennis and hockey stars.
Titov, 36, was a revered playmaker who helped Spartak to six Russian league titles between 1995 and 2001. He left Spartak in 2008 to see out his career with FC Khimki in the second division and Lokomotiv Astana in Kazakhstan.
He was joined on the pitch by other football greats in Valery Karpin, Vladimir Beschastnykh, Dmitri Alenichev, Andrey Tikhonov, Alexander Filimonov and Ilya Tsymbalar.
Former tennis stars Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov made an appearance later on, along with hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils.
Titov's Spartak side won 5-3, with the man himself scoring once.
Named Russian player of the year in 1998 and 200, Titov racked up had 100 goals in 428 games for Spartak.
He was a regular Russian international, playing at the 2002 World Cup and notching up 47 total caps.
He courted controversy after testing positive for a banned substance following a Euro 2004 playoff against Wales, receiving a year-long suspension.
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