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Premier-Liga - 2011/12. Final Eight
Lokomotiv vs Spartak. 13 May 2012
Локомотив (Москва)
Спартак (Москва)


In exhilarating fashion the curtain set on the extended Sogaz Championship of Russia with Spartak defeating Lokomotiv 2-0 in a Moscow derby that pushes the Red-Whites into the Champions League courtesy of a second-place finish.



The victory will also serve as an exclamation point on Valeriy Karpin’s brilliant career at the helm of Spartak as the club confirmed that Unai Emery will handle the managerial duties in the upcoming campaign.

Coming off last weeks stunning late victory over Zenit Saint Petersburg, Spartak knew that only victory would give them opportunity for the coveted premier berth on the European stage and came onto the pitch with intent. Red-White’s manager Valeriy Karpin made three changes to last weeks line-up as he summoned Nicolás Pareja, Marcos Rojo and Rafael Carioca in for Rodri, Dmitri Kombarov and Emmanuel Emenike. Spartak carved out the first chance of the contest with Artem Dzyuba testing the Railwaymen ‘keeper from distance before taking the one-goal advantage at the twentieth minute. Coming Aiden McGeady's corner from the left, Marek Suchý sent a looping header from the near post to the far corner of the net. The Red-White’s doubled their advantage at the thirty-ninth minute as Aiden McGeady chased down a through ball on the right channel before delivering a cross from the by-line to the back post that Artem Dzyuba headed into the net. Spartak was in clear control with Lokomotiv’s response was lacking and maintained the two-goal lead through the break.

The complexion of the match changed little after the break with Artem Dzyuba fighting off three Railwayman defenders before sliding the ball to Ari on the right but his effort was easy for goalkeeper Alexander Filtsov to smother.  Resolute in defending in the final quarter-hour Mr. Karpin entrusted the lead upon the great promise of the future with Vladimir Obukhov, Alexsandr Zotov and Soslan Gatagov entering for Ari, Rafael Carioca and Aiden McGeady and they managed the charge to the letter. Four plus minutes of added-time ticked down and with referee Sergei Karasev’s final whistle Spartak claimed a brilliant 2-0 victory under the watchful guise of Valeriy Karpin.

Report by John Davies for Spartak Moscow

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