Champions Lokomotiv stumble at Orenburg
Reigning Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow slumped to a 1-0 defeat by promoted Orenburg yesterday as their stuttering start to the domestic season continued.
Andrea Chukanov hit an injury-time winner for Orenburg as they climbed to second behind Spartak Moscow, with Lokomotiv languishing in 14th with just two points from three games.
Lokomotiv substitute Jefferson Farfan thought he had secured a first victory of the season for his side in the 90th minute, only for the Peruvian’s effort to be ruled out for offside.
Orenburg then caught the visitors on the counter-attack, with Chukanov slamming a magnificent 25-yard strike into the top left-hand corner for a shock win.
“It’s a very honourable win over the reigning champions,” Orenburg head coach Vladimir Fedotov said. “I believe it will do my young players good. I am very grateful for their brave performance.”