Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lokomotiv Moskva holds Zenit to draw

While the start of the campaign has been well below expectations Lokomotiv Moskva rose to the occasion as they held Zenit Saint Petersburg to a 1-1 draw in front of their ardent home supporters. Dick Advocaat's side had been the consensus top team in Russia in the early start of the season but they met their match on Sunday as Lokomotiv were stubborn defending and rarely offered clear scoring opportunities.

After an scoreless opening half, Zenit was looking frustrated and inable to break through the final third. Finally two minutes before the hour mark, following a foul on Konstatin Zurianov, the Russian internationals free-kick into the box was headed in by a soaring Kim Dong-Jin to give Zenit the one goal advantage. However any thoughts of returning to Petrovski with three points was squashed as twelve minutes later former of Dynamo Kyiv-man Rodolfo, got on the end of a corner that had been flicked on and sent it to the back of the net. Despite playing a man-down the final eleven minutes with Marko Baša was red-carded Lokolmotiv was bulldog tough in defending andthe match ended in a draw.

Zenit welcome Khimki to Petrovski next Saturday whilst Lokomotiv travels to face Kuban Krasnodar.