Cham­pi­ons Loko­mo­tiv stum­ble at Oren­burg

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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.”

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