Spartak Moscow will be hoping that their recent win over their rivals Lokomotiv will be enough to keep their hopes of European football alive.
Spartak, who was on four matches without a win, will hope that the win will turn their season around and that they will be able to finish the season strongly.
Spartak Moscow manager Dmitry Alenichev was pleased with his players and said that all of them were heroes. He was delighted with their determination and their commitment and stated that they deserve to win the game after such a performance.
Spartak had the first chance to open the score in the 26th minute, but the Lokomotiv Moscow’s goalkeeper did well to save a shot from Quincy Promes. The Dutchman benefited from a great pass from JanoAnanidze.
However, in the 43rd minutes, Spartak Moscow will take the lead after an own goal from Durica. The latter will be unable to clear a cross from Ivelin Popov and will divert the ball into his own net giving Spartak the lead.
Lokomotiv will attempt to equalize after the break but will struggle to find a way past the Spartak defense. They piled up the pressure on Spartak, but the latter managed to hold on. In fact, it will be Spartak that will add another goal through Ze Luis in the closing stage of the game.
This win was the first that Spartak Moscow managed over Lokomotiv since 2012, and they will be hoping that this will be the first of a long series.
Lokomotiv Moscow’s coach Igor Cherevchenko said that they had chances to win the game, but they did not manage to score. He said that he was pleased with his player’s performance and that they will need to recover for the remaining game of the season.