Representatives of the Russian football Premier League (RFPL) while in group tournaments of the European Cup-2017/18’t lose. CSKA and “Zenith” has won “Spartak” and “Loko” has played (and away) with a draw.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
But if “Spartak” and CSKA beat in the Champions League, “Zenit” and “locomotive”, alas, only in the Europa League, less status and less money tournament. However, the “Krasnodar” not able to achieve this: the team of Igor Shalimov’s lost a lot poorer and a weaker composition of the Serbian “Tsrvena zvezde” in qualifying – and left a beautiful stadium, built by Sergey Galitsky, three at least of European Cup matches this season.
As for Loko, while conceding in the championship of Russia-2017/18 only comrade in the League of Europe “Zenith”, the opponent of the team of Yuri Semin was in the first round, of course, more serious. The Danish “Copenhagen” – not Macedonian Vardar is a team that periodically appear in the Champions League (I think he’s even stronger than the Slovenian “Maribor”, which was also a draw in Moscow “Spartak”).
We must pay tribute to “move” as it is called active fans, “Locomotive”. The match with perhaps the most serious opponent in the group (also got here from the Czech “Zlin” and Moldavian “the Sheriff”) has put forward quite an impressive team. Worried about red-green on the podium, of course, the President “Loco” Ilya Herkus, always try to be closer to the team. But the guys from the child team, “railroad”, claimed this year in the third power of the Russian division “Kazanka”, gathered to support senior colleagues at the TV – but suffered no less in unison.
In the end, they, like the audience in the stadium, saw a clear and confident performance of the team of Yuri Semin on the road. The composition was not surprised at the gate – Guilherme; in the centre of defence – Kverkvelia, Mykhalyk and pejcinovic; on the flanks, Ignatyev and Rybus; midfield – Igor Denisov and Tarasov; attacking Midfielders – Miranchuk Alexey (then he replaced the twin brother of Anton) and Fernandes; front Farfan (instead, he went champion of Europe-2016 Eder). Not to say that “the locomotive” have deserved to win, but skip had no way. In fact, not missed. 0:0 – the account for the first round we have to admit is quite normal, given the fact that he had met with the chief, perhaps, a rival group in his field.
“MK” conducted live online stream of this match.