Lokomotiv defeated Skenderbeu in the sixth week of the Europa League group stage and qualified to the next round.
'Railroaders' flew in Albania with the conviction that everything was in their hands. Just one point was enough to qualify to the next round, however Lokomotiv pointed to the victory.
Cherevchenko made some changes in the starting line-up relying on the unusual couple of defenders made up by Mykhalyk and Pejcinovic.
The first opportunity was for Skenderbeu, but Berisha's shot was saved by Guilherme. Some minutes later, Niasse could have given Lokomotiv the lead, but he missed an enormous chance one-on-one Shehi. Luckily the Albanian goalkeeper could have done nothing on a Tarasov's powerful shot - 0:1.
In the second half, 'Railroaders' tried to handle the vantage, without conceding many spaces to Skenderbeu.
Everything was decided in the last minutes, when Niasse finally scored his 13rd goal of the season and Samedov took advantage from a Skenderbeu defense's sleep.
Lokomotiv ended the group stage at the first place thanks to the defeat of Besiktas in Lisbon against Sporting, which is the second team qualified to the 1/32.