The Railwaymen do not stop! At the absolutely empty stadium Kuchuk’s men play a quite defensive game but still were better than the opponents. With these 3 points in Derby Lokomotiv solely take the 2nd position in the league table and are only 3 points behind Zenit who lost 2 points in the game against Amkar.
Comments and analysis of the match.
Because of the Nazi flag demonstration by Spartak Moscow fans at the Russian Cup game in Yaroslavl, the central game of the day - the Moscow derby between the ‘Red-Whites’ and the ‘Red-Greens’ - was held without any attendance. After first minutes of getting used to this unusual atmosphere the game has started. Almost immediately nominal host team had a chance to have an advantage but the captain, Dmitry Kombarov, missed the header just by some centimeters after the corner. Lokomotiv responded at 7th minute with Tarasov’s through pass that found Maicon who managed to surpass Parshivlyuk and passed the ball to N’Doye. The Senegalian just needed to strike the ball past the goalkeeper which was successfylly done: 0-1! Only ten minutes passed and the ‘Railwaymen’ score again. Harmless long ball from Durica should have been easily ended up Spartak’s goalkeeper’s hands, but Pes’yakov didn’t manage to catch it and Samedov turned out to be on the right time on the right place and calmly delivered the ball into the net: 0-2. However Spartak did not want to give up and continued to consistently attack. During one of such attacks Parshivlyuk crossed from the right flank to the center of the box where Movsisyan took advantage of Abaev and Corluka lack of coordination of actions and scored his 9th goal of the season: 1-2. But the ‘Red-Green’ did not panic or get demoralized, on the contrary, the managed to create a couple of dangerous moments. First N’Doye’s header was denied by Pes’yakov, and then Samedov couldn’t quite make it after Boussoufa’s through pass – again the Spartak’s goalkeeper was good. The second half started at a slower tempo, with Spartak’s solid ball possession. Lokomotiv did not let the opponents get too close to equalize, but in turn increased the goal difference on 77th minute of the game. Denisov threw the ball forward on N’Doye who without a foul forced Makeev out, possessed the ball, and made the double: 1-3! At the final whistle the Railwaymen could enjoy their well-deserved victory in derby. Vpered Loko!
Before the game some of the most active fans came to the club base in Bakovka to support and see off the players of the team to the match.
Thanks to Mike Michaelson