Moscow “Lokomotiv” and “Ural” continue the fight for exit from the group within the framework of the Russian Cup of the RPL route. This is already the fourth round and their second head-to-head confrontation.
The first match between the teams ended with a score of 2:1 in favor of the “railroaders”. In the Moscow meeting, Ural took the lead, but failed to maintain the lead. Nair Tiknizyan’s “goal plus pass” gave Loko the victory at home.
And in general, these teams have a very interesting history of confrontations with each other. Ural reached the final of the tournament only twice. And on both occasions in the last stage they were stopped by Lokomotiv. Amazing statistic.
The Russian Cup is a tournament for experiments and new combinations. And today the newcomers made their debut in both clubs. Timur Suleymanov returned to Loko from Paris NN and Belarusian national team player Vladislav Malkevich played for the hosts for the first time. They received more attention.
The first dangerous moment was not long in coming. Ural started actively, betting on the early goal. Ishkov’s shot from the right flank was parried by Lantratov, who was playing only his second match in this tournament. Before this, Loko veteran Guilherme played two games in a row in the Cup.
Lantratov made another incredible save in the sixth minute. Now the Brazilian Schettine turned out to be dangerous, as each game he adapts better to Russia and looks more confident. In the 15th minute he had two dangerous shots on goal.
And we can safely blame Lokomotiv’s defense for so many shots on Lantratov’s goal. Time passes, players change, but the Club continues to have problems in this area.
“Ural” had full control of the initiative. The team has an amazing physical preparation, without changing the speed throughout the game. And they themselves created the first dangerous moment in their goal. After a corner kick, the ball hit a Ural player and then hit the post. But then from the door, and nothing more dangerous.
After that, Loko believed in her own strength and became much more active in creation. But the locals still scored the first goal. In the 36th minute, Schettin was about to celebrate his first goal for Ural, but the referees disallowed the goal. Before this, the ball went out of bounds.
“Ural” entered the second half with the same attitude as in the first half of the match. Once again the team showed a lot of speed and Schettine was dangerous. But his fourth shot was also stopped by the goalkeeper of the Russian team Lantratov.
In the 59th minute the first substitutions of the game were made. Lokomotiv’s most scandalous player, Artyom Dzyuba, came onto the field. His presence was accompanied by whistles from the stands. He appeared on the field instead of Suleymanov, who made his debut and did not distinguish himself in any way.
With the departure of the new striker, Loko’s game strategy also changed. Now almost every attack of the team was accompanied by a pass to Dzyuba. However, this did not bring any benefit. The teams did not create really dangerous chances until the end of the match. Although with Dzyuba, Lokomotiv usually seems more interesting.
After the boring zeros came a series of penalties. Pomazun stopped Mitai’s first shot, but Shettine still sealed Lantratov’s goal. The Urals goalkeeper guessed the direction of Glushenkov’s shot, but he could not recover the ball. Bikfalvi struck with confidence and precision. Pomazun again received the third shot from Loko. Then Mishkich, Silyanov and Sungatulin scored with accurate shots from the point. This was enough for Ural to win.
Loko takes only one point from Yekaterinburg, and Ural at the same time two points. The Muscovites are ahead of Rostov in the standings with seven points. “Ural” rises to third place (5 points). But there is still the fourth round match between Rubin and the Rostov team ahead.