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Sychev double gets Lokomotiv back on track

Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 19.55CET
FC Lokomotiv Moskva 3-1 AEK Athens FC
Captain Dmitri Sychev scored two second-half goals as the in-form Russian side returned to winning ways in Group L, despite a late scare.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Lokomotiv Stadion

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Match statistics

Lokomotiv MoskvaAEK

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners10
 
6
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 October 2011, 19.55CET

Sychev double gets Lokomotiv back on track

FC Lokomotiv Moskva 3-1 AEK Athens FC
Captain Dmitri Sychev scored two second-half goals as the in-form Russian side returned to winning ways in Group L, despite a late scare.

FC Lokomotiv Moskva gave fresh impetus to their UEFA Europa League campaign as they eased to a 3-1 victory against AEK Athens FC.

After a fractious opening period, two second-half strikes by Dmitri Sychev proved the Greek Cup holders' undoing. The 27-year-old broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart following good work from Victor Obinna, and picked himself up to take a firm grip on the match from the penalty spot midway through the half. Dimitris Sialmas pulled one back late on, but Felipe Caicedo allayed any nerves by restoring their two-goal cushion.

The Railway Men, beaten 2-0 by RSC Anderlecht last time out, struggled to get going early on despite bossing possession. They looked sluggish, ponderous in midfield, with little pace or movement in attack, and AEK goalkeeper Giannis Arabatzis was not unduly troubled by their long-range pot shots – the best the home side could muster.

Guilherme had to be far more active at the other end when Steve Leo Beleck was put through on goal, producing a fine save to deny the Cameroonian forward. By half-time, coach José Couceiro had seen enough, introducing Obinna for the disappointing Maicon, and the substitute made an immediate impact, turning his marker inside out before finding Sychev alone in the penalty area. The Lokomotiv skipper dutifully slotted in from two metres.

With 19 minutes to go, Sychev doubled the advantage with an expertly taken penalty after being brought down by Nikos Karabelas. There was still time for some late drama, however, as Sialmas's 89th-minute header cracked open the door: Caicedo, on as a 66th-minute replacement, duly slammed it shut on the counterattack.

The result lifts the Russian side to six points in Group L; AEK remain on zero, and will need to come out on top when these sides meet again on 3 November.

Last updated: 06/12/12 23.41CET

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Lineups

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Lokomotiv Moskva

aek

AEK

1
GuilhermeGuilherme (GK)
99
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK) (C)
4
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
2
KontoesGiannis Kontoes
5
BurlakTaras Burlak
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
8
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
6
CalaCala
9
IbričićSenijad Ibričić
Yellow Card62
Substitution66
8
BeleckSteve Leo Beleck
11
SychevDmitri Sychev (C)
Goal47
Goal71
10
José CarlosJosé Carlos
Yellow Card67
18
IgnatyevVladislav Ignatyev
Substitution78
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
22
Da CostaManuel da Costa
Yellow Card75
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
Substitution73
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
21
VargasFabián Vargas
Substitution58
55
YanbaevRenat Yanbaev
24
BurnsNathan Burns
Substitution65
90
MaiconMaicon
Substitution46
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou

Substitutes

16
AmelchenkoAnton Amelchenko (GK)
28
MoschonasThodoris Moschonas (GK)
10
LoskovDmitri Loskov
Substitution78
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution58
13
ObinnaVictor Obinna
Substitution46
3
E. HelgasonElfar Freyr Helgason
20
B. IličBranko Ilič
7
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
25
CaicedoFelipe Caicedo
Substitution66
Goal90+3
9
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution65
28
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
11
SialmasDimitris Sialmas
Substitution73
Goal89
45
MinchenkovAleksandr Minchenkov
77
KlonaridisViktor Klonaridis

Coach

José Couceiro (POR) Nikos Kostenoglou (GRE)

Referee

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant referees

Nicky Siebert (NED), Angelo Boonman (NED)

Fourth official

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED), Tom van Sichem (NED)

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