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Lokomotiv comeback seals Russian Cup

Published: Thursday 21 May 2015, 20.59CET
FC Lokomotiv Moskva came from behind to beat maiden finalists FC Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 after extra time in Astrakhan and clinch their sixth Russian Cup.
by Dmitri Rogovitski
from Moscow
Lokomotiv comeback seals Russian Cup
Mbark Boussoufa gave Lokomotiv a lead they never surrendered ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 21 May 2015, 20.59CET

Lokomotiv comeback seals Russian Cup

FC Lokomotiv Moskva came from behind to beat maiden finalists FC Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 after extra time in Astrakhan and clinch their sixth Russian Cup.

FC Lokomotiv Moskva came from behind to beat FC Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 after extra time in Astrakhan and clinch their sixth Russian Cup.

I dedicate this victory to my dad, who passed away in March 2014. He made me a footballer, a coach, a person
Igor Cherevchenko, Lokomotiv interim coach

Kuban, aiming for their first major trophy in their maiden final, took the lead midway through the first half when Vladislav Ignatyev capitalised on a slip by Vitali Denisov. But Lokomotiv, currently led by interim coach Igor Cherevchenko, fought back and Baye Oumar Niasse's goal 17 minutes from time forced extra time.

In a cautious additional half-hour, Lokomotiv edged in front at the end of the first period when Mbark Boussoufa headed in Alan Kasaev's cross and Aleksei Miranchuk rounded things off with a solo goal. Lokomotiv are now just one away from PFC CSKA Moskva's record total of seven Russian Cups and are looking forward to a UEFA Europa League group stage place in 2015/16.

"This was my first final as a coach so there was a lot of stress," said Cherevchenko. "I want to thank the lads, who gathered themselves together at the break and fought back. Thank God it didn't go to penalties. I dedicate this victory to my dad, who passed away in March 2014. He made me a footballer, a coach, a person."

Midfielder Miranchuk said: "I don't know how to describe my emotions. It's my biggest victory to date, but the main one is still to come – we have a league to win." Roman Pavlyuchenko added: "This was our last chance to catch a train to Europe and prove we have a real team. We have worked previously with Kuban coach Leonid Kuchuk, so we knew how our opponents would play. Today we were fresher and luckier."

Last updated: 21/05/15 23.46CET

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