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Wednesday 20 May 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Kuban'.

Локомотив Кубань 
Локомотив // КУБАНЬ
Thursday, May 21st 2015
(Tsentralnyi Stadium, Astrakhan)
18.00 Lokomotiv Moscow - Kuban' Krasnodar 
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Saint Petersburg).
Assistants: Nikolaj Golubev (Saint Petersburg) and Andrey Veretyoshkin (Saint Petersburg).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Fourth official: Sergey Lapochkin (Saint Petersburg).
Inspector: Stanislav Sukhina (Malakhovka).

No precedents in Kubok Rossii.

AbsentsDurica (injured), Sheshukov (injured), Tarasov (disqualified).
In doubt: Abaev (injured), Belyaev (injured), Tigorev (injured).

Lokomotiv: 7 (in RPL).
Kuban': 10 (in RPL).

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

-Russia 2. Commentators: Roman Trushechkin.


The final of Russian Cup is probably one of most important matches in the last decade for Lokomotiv, comparable only with the "gold game" against CSKA last season or the 1/16 in Europa League against Spanish side Athletic Bilbao. 'Railroaders' could write the history, but certainly Kuban' will be a tough opponent. 

While Lokomotiv born in 1999 won the National Championship against Rubin (2:0) yesterday, red-greens arrived in Astrakhan and had the first training today. Tsentralnyi Stadium is in perfect conditions, therefore are waited about 16.000/17.000 spectators. Here some quotes about the the tomorrow's match:

Guilherme: "I arrived here in 2007. A few earlier, Lokomotiv won the Russian Cup and I remember that players were happy and enthusiastic. This is a big thing to feel, there are ambitious objectives. Since then, we have been always close to the victories, now we must win something."

Pejcinovic: "Honestly speaking, the game in Orenburg was really tough. However, we're a team with character, elsewhere we wouldn't have reached the final of Russian Cup. I don't want that the final will be decided after penalties. We'll fight until the end to score the goal of victory and to remember it for ever."

Samedov: "On May 27th 2007 we won the Cup and it was an incredible sensation. There were an hot weather and over 50.000 spectators on the stands. Eight years are gone, now I believe we can have another success."

Aleksey Miranchuk: "This is the most important game of my career. During the season we made the fans angry, now we want to be forgiven. I also think that RPL and the Cup are two different tournaments: mistakes made in one shouldn't influence results of other one."

Russian legendary coach Yurij Syomin said: "The team has been trained by three former players for the first time. As players, they had already won some trophies. Now, they've a good chance to bring another one in Lokomotiv's palmares. We must support them, and players on the pitch and fans. I want fans to fill up the Stadium and to organize an excellent support. We need to bring the Cup in Bakovka and to continue the glorious history of the club."

Capello will attend the match, so the game will be surely interesting. Cherevchenko can't rely to Tarasov, who will be disqualified. The Russian coach should confirm the same starting line up that defeated Rubin. The only two doubts could be the choices between Yanbaev or Logashov and Niasse or Pavlyuchenko. Probably, Cherevchenko will decide the formation only after the training this evening. It's curious to notice that he has already won the Kubok as player for four times (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) like his assistants Pashinin (1997, 2000, 2001) and Oganesyan (1996). This could be a crucial point for the fates of the final.

By contrast, Kuban' is trained by another notable coach that made the history at Cherkizovo: Leonid Kuchuk. Therefore, it would be also a challenge within a challenge between him and red-greens players. 

In the last match in RPL, Kuban' was defeated by Amkar at Zvezda Stadium (Prudnikov). Xandao had to leave the pitch after 34 mins due an injury: his presence in Astrakhan is in doubt and could be replaced my Moldovan Armas. Furthermore, it also will be interesting to discover how Ignatjev and Tkachyov are going to behavior. Both are former Lokomotiv players and probably they want to take a sort of revenge. The third former player, Eshchenko, instead will miss the match after he had a car accident.

Do you want a report for each Lokomotiv match in Kubok Rossii this season? Go HERE.

Do you want a photo-report about all the successes in Kubok Rossii? Go HERE.

Would you like to discover all the victories of Lokomotiv in Russian Cup? Go HERE.

Would you like to know more about Astrakhan? Go HERE.

Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Yanbaev - Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
Samedov - Fernandes - Boussoufa - Kasaev
Kuban' (4-2-3-1)
Manolev - Armas - Sunjic - Sosnin 
Kulik - Kaborè 
Tkachyov  - Popov - Ignatjev

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