Lokomotiv defeated Rubin in the week 28 of Russian Premier League, winning the first game under Cherevchenko.
Fans that came to Cherkizovo weren't afraid both from the rain and to miss the 1/2 of Hockey World Cup between Russia and USA. As required, players and Cherevchenko tried to forget all the past disappointment of the team.
Rubin wanted to take a revenge from the elimination in Russian Cup and also to continue fighting for an European spot. Therefore, 'Railroaders' had to face a very motivated squad.
The weather immediately influenced the match. In particular, former Loko midfielder Magomed Ozdoev was very unlucky when he scored an own goal on Boussoufa's cross - 1:0. In the second half, instead, Pavlyuchenko received a good assist from the Moroccan midfielder, dribbled Kverkveliya and beat Ryzhikov - 2:0!
After the second goal, Lokomotiv tried to defend the result. In particular, Rubin's attacks weren't dangerous. Only Ozdoev had a few chances, but the Ingush midfielder wasn't accurate.
In the last minutes Aleksander Samedov scored the penalty earned by Niasse that fixed the final score. Beforehand, there was a key moment - Dmitrij Barinov made his debut in the first team replacing Boussoufa.
Lokomotiv won its first game after changing the coach. The next step is the final of Russian Cup.