Lokomotiv drew against Besiktas in the third round of the Europa League's group stage.
Before the game, Besiktas' head coach Senol Gunes said: "I hope the match will warm the city." It happened: the game carried many fans at the Stadium, who supported very well the players on the field.
Cherevchenko had to face some problems in the starting line-up. In particular, Tarasov (injured) was replaced by Kolomeytsev, while Mykhalyk took the place of Pejcinovic. We need to say that the former Amkar's midfielder was the best on the pitch, providing a very solid performance.
The first half was balanced. Both squads tried being careful. However, as the home side, Lokomotiv were the most dangerous team. First N'Dinga and then Niasse could have opened the score. Besiktas, instead, relied on Ozyakup and Gomez in their attacks.
Thanks to the support of the fans, Lokomotiv started very well the second half. Zengin made a good save on a Samedov's shot, while Niasse had much more spaces where to attack.
As a consequence, after 54 minutes 'Railroaders' took the lead. Niasse found well Maicon in the area, with the Brazilian striker that beat the Besiktas' goalkeeper with a good shot.
Ten minutes later, Gomez score the 1:1 with an accurate shot. After the draw, Corluka was sent off for argument with a Besiktas' player. Many other players were booked too. Therefore, Cherevchenko was forced to include another defender on the pitch. The Tajik head coach went for Durica, who replaced Fernandes making his first appearance since April.
At the end of the game, Besiktas were surely more dangerous, but Lokomotiv defended very well the result. The homeward match will be on November 5th in Istanbul.