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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Preview Apollon - Lokomotiv.

АПОЛЛОН // Локомотив
Thursday, August 21st 2014
(GSP Stadium, Nicosia)
19.30 Apollon Limassol - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO).
Assistants: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO) and Miro Grgic (CRO).
Fourth official: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO).
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO).
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN).
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT).

No precedents in Europa League.

AbsentsLogashov (injured), Yanbaev (injured).
In doubt: Sheshukov (injured).

Apollon: //.
Lokomotiv: //.

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Ilya Kazakov.
-Russia-2. Commentators: ?.


For the first time since 2012, the last time was against Athletic Bilbao, Loko play in an European competition. The opponents is Apollon Limassol.

The club from Cyprus can't host games in his stadium, which didn't pass UEFA licenses, and so the match will be played in Nicosia, at GSP Stadium.

Apollon started preparing the preliminary round on Monday after have seen the match between Rubin and Loko. Cypriots media said that the coach, Christakis Christoforou will play to finish the match without suffered goals, which can be useful in the away game. Especially because the absence of the best Apollon best player and vice-captain, Gaston Sangoy, who won't be due to a disqualification. In this way the key player becomes Camel Meriem, who will have to unite defence and attack. He's almost 35 years old and the player with more experience into the team. 9 players also have more than 30 years old.

Last season Apollon played in Europa League and were send off in a group with Lazio (ITA), Trabzonspor (TUR) and Legia (POL). A curiosity: last year Apollon won against Nice the preliminary round. Pejcinovic didn't play the two matches due to an injury.

Apollon have already played against a Russian side. It was in Europa League 2010/2011, when against Sibir' the Cypriots club lost in Novosibirsk 1-0 and won in Limassol 2-1. For the away goal, Sibir' was qualified. 

In Loko, instead, Corluka returns after the disqualification in RPL, while Abaev could finally debut in this new season. Tkachyov could substitute Maicon, with Fernandes back on N'Doye. 

Apollon (4-2-3-1)
Bruno Vale
Mulder Joao Paulo - Charalanbous - Vasiliou
Hamdani - Meriem
Rezek  Papoulis - Robert
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Corluka - Durica - Denisov
Tigorev - Tarasov
Samedov - Fernandes - Tkachyov

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