Lokomotiv kicked off Group D with a fine away win, but have reason to be wary for Atlético's visit to Moscow.
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Lokomotiv Moskva are in buoyant mood following an impressive matchday one victory, but have reason to be wary of Atlético Madrid having never beaten the Spanish side.
• Lokomotiv picked up a welcome – and rare – away victory at Bayer Leverkusen on matchday one, while Atlético rallied from two goals down late on to rescue a draw at home to Juventus.
• Atlético are unbeaten in their three previous games against Lokomotiv, most recently in the round of 16 in their victorious 2017/18 UEFA Europa League campaign. Saúl Ñíguez, Diego Costa and Koke scored in a 3-0 first-leg win at the Estadio Metropolitano before a 5-1 success at Moscow's Stadion Lokomotiv in which Ángel Correa and Saúl found the net, Maciej Rybus with the sole response for Loko.
• The teams shared a 3-3 draw in Moscow in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage, Peter Odemwingie scoring twice for Lokomotiv and Sergio Agüero doing likewise for Atlético.
• The win at Leverkusen was Lokomotiv's first away victory in the UEFA Champions League since a 2-1 win at Galatasaray in the 2002/03 first group stage. Their record between those two victories, qualifying included, was D4 L9.
• Second in last season's Russian Premier League, when they won the Russian Cup for the third time in five years, Lokomotiv are in the group stage for the fifth time overall and the second in successive seasons. Their 2018/19 appearance was their first since 2003/04.
• Last season Loko finished bottom of a section involving Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray, losing five games and picking up their only points with a 2-0 home defeat of the Turkish club on matchday five.
• The win against Galatasaray ended Loko's run of six consecutive European defeats – they had won the previous four. That run was the worst losing sequence in Lokomotiv's European history, eclipsing their five successive losses in 2003.
• Loko lost at home to Schalke (0-1) and Porto (1-3) before beating Galatasaray in last season's group stage. However, they have still won four of their last six home matches in the UEFA Champions League proper.
• The Schalke defeat ended Lokomotiv's four-match unbeaten run at home in UEFA Champions League matches, group stage to final –since a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in March 2003 – and a three-game home winning streak in the competition proper.
• Lokomotiv have won only five of their last 13 European fixtures in Moscow, losing six.
• Lokomotiv have won just two of nine matches against Spanish opposition in Moscow, most famously defeating Real Madrid 2-0 on matchday six of the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage.
• Their other victory came against Athletic Club in the first leg of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32 (2-1) – the sole time they have avoided defeat in their last six matches at home to Spanish clubs. However, a 1-0 reverse in the Bilbao return knocked Lokomotiv out.
• The win against Athletic is Lokomotiv's sole success in their last 12 matches against Spanish opponents, home and away (D2 L9).
• On matchday one, goals in the final 20 minutes from Stefan Savić and Héctor Herrera helped Atlético fight back from 0-2 down to snatch a draw against Juventus, a result that nevertheless ended their nine-game winning run at home in European matches.
• Second in Spain in 2018/19, this is Atlético's tenth UEFA Champions League group campaign; all but two of the previous nine have extended into the knockout stages.
• In last season's group stage, Atleti won 2-1 at Monaco on matchday one before unexpectedly going down 4-0 at Dortmund on matchday three – their joint heaviest European defeat – and recording a goalless draw at Club Brugge. They bowed out in the round of 16 after a 3-0 second-leg defeat at Juventus, losing 3-2 on aggregate.
• Despite the defeats at Dortmund and Juventus, Atlético have lost only three of their last 11 European away games, although they have also won only three.
• Atlético have lost only three of their last 23 matches in continental competition (W14 D6).
• Atlético have never lost in Russia (W4 D2), winning their last two away matches and picking up three victories in four trips to Moscow.
• The Rojiblancos have reached two UEFA Champions League and three UEFA Europa League finals in the last ten seasons.
Links and trivia
• Atléti's Šime Vrsaljko and Lokomotiv's Vedran Ćorluka both came through the ranks at Dinamo Zagreb and were international team-mates with Croatia.
• Saúl Ñíguez was part of the Spain team for a 3-3 friendly draw against Russia in November 2017. Vladislav Ignatyev, Anton Miranchuk, Aleksei Miranchuk and Fedor Smolov appeared for the hosts with two Smolov goals sandwiched by Aleksei Miranchuk's strike.
• Savić captained Montenegro in a 2-0 away defeat against Russia in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying in October 2015.
• Herrera provided both assists in Mexico's 2-1 win over Russia in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup; Smolov featured for the hosts.
• Koke missed in the penalty shoot-out between Spain and Russia in the round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Substitute Smolov converted Russia's first kick in their 4-3 win on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
• Have played together:
João Mário & Santiago Arias (Sporting CP, 2011–13)
• International team-mates:
João Mário, Éder & João Félix (Portugal)
Luka Djordjević & Stefan Savić (Montenegro)
• Summer transfers
In: Dmitri Zhivoglyadov (Ufa), Murilo Cerqueira (Cruzeiro), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris, loan made permanent), Luka Djordjević (Zenit), João Mário (Inter, loan)
Out: Vitaliy Denisov (Rubin), Dmitri Tarasov (released), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Rubin), Igor Denisov (retired), Taras Mikhalik (Volyn), Manuel Fernandes (Krasnodar)
• Lokomotiv claimed their third Russian Super Cup on 6 July, beating Zenit 3-2.
• Loko have picked up 23 points from their first 11 league matches this season, five more than at the same stage last season. They won 3-2 at Orenburg on 22 September and beat Zenit 1-0 on Saturday, moving above opponents who had been top of the table at kick-off.
• Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the only goal against Zenit, his fifth in the league this season in his 11th appearance, surpassing his best haul for a campaign set with Reims in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
• Holders Lokomotiv lost 4-1 on penalties at second division Baltika Kaliningrad in the last 32 of the Russia Cup on 25 September after a 1-1 draw.
• Solomon Kverkvelia made his first appearance this season at Baltika having recovered from a calf injury.
• Anton Miranchuk is expected to miss the rest of the group stage after suffering a foot injury in the 1-0 win at Sochi on 14 September.
• Aleksei Miranchuk has been out since 31 August due to a hamstring injury, but is close to a return.
• Jefferson Farfán and Boris Rotenberg are long-term absentees with knee injuries.
• Summer transfers
In: Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Felipe (Porto), Nicolás Ibáñez (Atlético San Luis), Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid), Renan Lodi (Athletico Paranaense), Héctor Herrera (Porto), João Félix (Benfica), Ivan Šaponjić (Benfica)
Out: Lucas Hernández (Bayern), Diego Godín (Inter), Juanfran (São Paulo), Axel Werner (Atlético San Luis, loan), Luciano Vietto (Sporting CP), Gelson Martins (Monaco), Rodri (Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Filipe Luís (released), Nikola Kalinić (Roma, loan), Víctor Mollejo (Deportivo La Coruña, loan), Javi Montero (Deportivo La Coruña, loan)
• Stefan Savić, Héctor Herrera and Álvaro Morata will all make their 50th appearances in UEFA club competition when they next feature.
• Atlético drew 0-0 at home to local rivals Real Madrid in the Liga on Saturday, making it three successive clean sheets.
• Atlético have won only one of their last five matches in all competitions, a 2-0 victory at Mallorca on 25 September despite losing Morata to two yellow cards within eight minutes of his introduction as a second-half substitute. That is the only one of their last four league matches in which Atlético have scored.
• Diego Costa opened the scoring at Mallorca, his first competitive goal since 30 March.
• João Félix was also on target at Mallorca, his second Atlético goal; the 19-year-old has been on the winning side in the last 17 club matches in which he has scored.
• Herrera scored on his Atlético debut in the 2-2 draw with Juventus on matchday one.
• Atlético's nine goals this season in all competitions have been scored by seven different players, only Vitolo and João Félix registering twice.
• Šime Vrsaljko has not played since January with a knee injury, while Borja Garcés is also sidelined with a similar problem.