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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lokomotiv Steams to Cup Title

Lokomotiv, Russian soccer minnows representing Moscow's railroad workers, have upset the more glamourous Spartak 3-2 to win the Russian Cup.


Yury Drozdov scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining in Saturday's all-Moscow final played in front of some 30,000 fans at Dinamo stadium, surprising Spartak's goal keeper Alexander Filimonov with a low shot.


The win added a third national cup to Lokomotiv's rather modest trophy case. It won the inaugural Soviet Cup held 60 years ago, and also beat Spartak 1-0 in the 1957 final. Spartak has appeared in 15 finals, winning 10 of them.


The victory was especially sweet for Lokomotiv's coach Yury Syomin, who on Saturday celebrated his 49th birthday.


"It was the best present for our coach that we could think of," said Lokomotiv's captain and keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov.


Spartak had been the heavy favorite before the match. Lokomotiv played without its top striker Oleg Garin, out with a groin injury, while the European Champion's League quarterfinalist had all its regular starters in the lineup.


"It just wasn't our day," said Spartak coach Georgy Yartsev. "Even though we played a tough game in Samara just a couple of days ago, I don't want to make any excuses for our club."


Yartsev was referring to last Wednesday's hard-fought match against Krylya Sovietov, in which some 100 out-of-control Samara fans stoned Spartak's bus to protest a questionable penalty kick late in the game that tied the score 1-1.


The league's disciplinary committee will meet this week to decide if sanctions should be imposed on Samara.