The fight in Russian Cup against Rubin Kazan' will be remembered for years by red-greens. It's not easy to win not only the penalties lottery, but also against injuries. In fact, to Rostov didn't fly Abaev, Pejcinovic and Logashov. In Moscow remained also Belyaev and Tigorev.
As left back, Bozovic recovered Renat Yanbaev, with also Guilherme and Tarasov in the starting line-up. In Rostov, instead, the squad was completely changed during this winter. Kurban Berdyev chose an unusual formation with three central defenders. As striker started Aleksander Bukharov, with Dzyuba and Azmoun on the bench.
The first half was played carefully by Loko, conceding only few spaces to Rostov. The possession was controlled by Manuel Fernandes, who led our attacks. However, 'Selmashi' were good at defense and dangerous chances hadn't been created. On the other hand, Rostov took advantages only from the velocity of the Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia.
In the second time, another fight started. Durica saved Guilherme on a shot of Doumbia, while Lokomotiv answered with a good action finished in a corner.
By that, 'Railroaders' started playing faster and thanks to a beautiful cross of Samedov, Skuletic scored a wonderful header: Loko took the lead after 64 minutes. After the 0:1, Pavlyuchenko replaced Skuletic and Boussoufa changed Tarasov.
Rostov wasn't ready to draw the game and our defenders protected the vantage. The final result is a tough game that permits to Lokomotiv to stretch of 4 points to Spartak.