Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lokomotiv Moskva keeps chugging along with 4-0 win over Terek Grozny

Vladimir Maminov's unbeaten string at the end of Lokomotiv Moskva continued as his side devoured Terek Grozny 4-0. Despite urging patience when he took over, Mr. Maminov has restored the pride and passion of Lokomotiv only as a playing veteran of sixteen seasons could and has moved them to the top half of the table.

With Dmitri Sychev and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov out of the starting eleven, Lokomotiv's attacking trident comprised the highly promising Aleksandr Minchenkov, Peter Odemwingie and Romanian international Răzvan Cociş. Lokomotiv took the lead thirteen minutes in a Peter Odemwingie outraced Grozny defender Sergei Bendz to a long ball to the right before slotting it to the near post past 'keeper Rizavdi Edilov. The young Grozny goalkeepers day was made worse with a dreadful piece of defending as eight minutes prior to the hour as a long free-kick from the right was headed on by Răzvan Cociş into the box and after both Radoslav Zabavník and Jean Bouli failed to clear, Peter Odemwingie drove the loose ball in from inside the six yard box to make it 2-0. Four minutes past the hour Grozny was forced to play a man down as former Rapid Bucureşti-man Daniel Pancu was shown his second yellow-card of the day. Only a minute later Renat Yanbayev was the architect of the third goal as he drew the ball back from the byline to Dennis Glushakov who closed out perfectly from close-range. As time ran down Grozny were victimized by a less than memorable goal as David Mujiri's corner from the left skipped into the net and in without being touched.