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Morientes gives Monaco hope

Published: Wednesday 25 February 2004
FC Lokomotiv Moskva 2-1 AS Monaco FC Fernando Morientes scores to take the gloss off Lokomotiv's win.

Match statistics

Lokomotiv MoskvaMonaco

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners4
 
5
Offsides3
 
5
Fouls committed29
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

24 February 2004

Lokomotiv Moskva
2-1
Monaco
Celta
2-3
Arsenal
Bayern
1-1
Real Madrid
Sparta Praha
0-0
Milan

25 February 2004

 
Published: Wednesday 25 February 2004

Morientes gives Monaco hope

FC Lokomotiv Moskva 2-1 AS Monaco FC Fernando Morientes scores to take the gloss off Lokomotiv's win.

FC Lokomotiv Moskva earned a narrow 2-1 victory against AS Monaco FC in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first knockout-round encounter, but Fernando Morientes's headed goal at an icy Lokomotiv Stadium may yet prove crucial.

Away goal
The Spanish striker, on loan from Real Madrid CF, nodded into the net after the Lokomotiv defence had failed to clear a Jérôme Rothen free-kick, giving the French side a vital away goal after Lokomotiv had established a 2-0 lead.

Hosts start brightly
After a lengthy spell without competitive football, Lokomotiv were keen to get into their stride quickly and looked comfortable in possession from the off, stroking the ball around midfield.

First chances
Though Monaco matched them for possession in the early stages, it was the home side who made the better chances. On four minutes, Georgian forward Mikheil Ashvetia failed to leap quite high enough to head captain Dmitry Loskov's nicely weighted through-ball over the stretched goalkeeper Flavio Roma. When the same player did manage to take control of the ball after Gaël Givet's defensive error in the 16th minute, he could only shoot wastefully over the crossbar from just ten metres.

Lengthy break
Indeed, despite their bright opening, there were occasional glimpses of rustiness from Lokomotiv that bore the marks of a side between domestic campaigns. Ashvetia's finishing aside, lapses by the usually reliable Siarhei Gurenko and Dmitri Khokhlov brought flowing moves to abrupt ends as Monaco backed off.

Fine opener
Such concerns were washed away, though, when the home side opened the scoring in fine style just after the half-hour mark. Loskov's cross was swung in towards Khokhlov on the edge of the Monaco box. The striker chose to dummy, allowing Marat Izmailov to bewitch two defenders with the drop of his shoulder before firing high past a helpless Roma at his near post.

Monaco sluggish
It was a goal of the highest quality, quite in contrast with the uncharacteristic lack of spark to the visitors' game. The towering Croatian striker Dado Pršo was the focus of the visitors' play, but neither his aggression nor the supply from a jaded Rothen could open up the home defence.

Half-time change
Nevertheless it was Lokomotiv and not Monaco who made changes to their attack at the break, replacing the misfiring Ashvetia with the Nigerian striker, James Obiorah, starting his second spell at the club.

Lead doubled
And though Monaco showed more adventure in the early exchanges after half-time, it was Lokomotiv who extended their lead on the hour. Roma had turned a bouncing Evseev header behind, but following the ensuing corner Gurenko's 30-metre drive was first blocked by an unwitting Evseev and then steered low into the net by Vladimir Maminov.

Monaco's life-line
Loskov almost made it three after 67 minutes, slicing wide after good work by Obiorah and Izmailov, but just two minutes later Morientes handed Monaco their lifeline.

Chance goes begging
Lokomotiv should have restored their two-goal lead when Obiorah and Winston Parks were left unmarked after a defensive mix-up with just a minute left. But, with just the goalkeeper to beat and his fellow substitute available to his right, Obiorah failed even to test the goalkeeper to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the return match in France.

Last updated: 25/02/04 10.28CET

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Lineups

lokomotiv moskva

Lokomotiv Moskva

monaco

Monaco

1
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov (GK)
30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
7
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Goal32
Substitution79
3
EvraPatrice Evra
8
MaminovVladimir Maminov
Goal59
4
IbarraHugo Ibarra
10
LoskovDmitri Loskov (C)
7
BernardiLucas Bernardi
14
PashininOleg Pashinin
9
PršoDado Pršo
Substitution64
16
EvseevVadim Evseev
10
MorientesFernando Morientes
Goal69
17
SennikovDmitri Sennikov
14
CisséÉdouard Cissé
28
KhokhlovDmitri Khokhlov
Substitution83
15
ZikosAkis Zikos
30
AsatianiMalkhaz Asatiani
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
32
AshvetiaMikheil Ashvetia
Substitution46
27
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez (C)
41
GurenkoSergei Gurenko
32
GivetGaël Givet

Substitutes

22
KhapovZaur Khapov (GK)
29
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
2
NizhegorodovGennadi Nizhegorodov
Substitution83
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
18
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
50
ObiorahJames Obiorah
Substitution46
21
HislenNicolas Hislen
52
ParksWinston Parks
Substitution79
Yellow Card90+3
24
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution64
63
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
35
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
99
Jorge WagnerJorge Wagner
39
AblancourtJim Ablancourt

Coach

Yuri Semin (RUS) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

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