After the heavy defeat against Apollon, Leonid Kuchuk made some changes in the first XI. Ilya Abaev changed Guilherme, while on the left back returned Vitaliy Denisov. Dmitry Tarasov was substituted by Yan Tigorev. In attack, Alan Kasaev and Manuel Fernandes are out, in Aleksander Samedov and Aleksey Miranchuk. As striker there is Roman Pavlyuchenko.
The game at Cherkizovo started with a dangerous free kick of Zenit: Hulk hit the external of the post.
Before the half of first time, Zenit were again protagonist, but Abaev made a phenomenal save to the head of Witsel. Soon 'Railroaders' answered with the couple Miranchuk-Pavlyuchenko, but Lodygin was careful on 'SuperPav' kick. Roman then didn't profit by another great chance on Samedov cross.
The match was difficult for both sides and the last chances of first time were made by Zenit, in particular by Kerzhakov, who was dangerous with another free kick.
In the final seconds Egorov made a mistake: instead whistling a penalty after a fault of Javi Garcia o Yan Durica, he permitted Zenit to continue the match.
In the second half, Zenit earned a corner about at 60' and scored with Javi Garcia after a Lombaerts assist.
Five minutes later Leonid Kuchuk made three changes: on the pitch entered Fernandes, Kasaev e Dame N'Doye. Villas-Boas, then, changed also something, with the insertions of Kerzhakov and Fayzulin.
Five minutes before the finish of the match Zenit were dangerous again, but AVB team reached to earn the three points.
Lokomotiv - Zenit 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: Javi Garcia, 60.
Lokomotiv: Abaev, Shishkin, Corluka, Durica, Denisov, Tigorev, Pejcinovic Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk (Fernandes, 68), Maicon (Kasaev, 68), Pavlyuchenko (N'Doye, 61).
Zenit: Lodygin, Criscito, Lombaerts, Smolnikov, Garay, Hulk (Rondon, 83), Shatov, Javi Garcia, Witsel (Mogilevets, 90), Danny, Kerzhakov (Fayzulin, 76).
Yellow cards: Durica, 37. Hulk, 38. Maicon, 43. Lombaerts, 48. Corluka, 58. Criscito, 89.
Referee: Aleksander Egorov (Saransk).
August 31st. Moscow. Lokomotiv Stadium. 14.747 spectators.