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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Leeds Downs Lokomotiv, Draw Offers Spartak Next




English premier league leader Leeds United got what it wanted when it cruised to a 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow to reach the third round of the UEFA Cup - but its next opponent was not at the top of its wish list.


"Somewhere warm would be nice," manager David O'Leary said Thursday when asked if he would like to return to Moscow to play Spartak, which reached the UEFA third round with a third place Group G finish in Champions League play.


But those dreams were dashed when Friday's draw landed it to a showdown with Spartak Moscow.


Leeds reached the next stage on two Michael Bridges goals and an Ian Harte penalty.


Already 4-1 up from the first leg at Elland Road, Leeds scored all three goals in the first half to finish off the Russian side. Around half the 15,000 fans at Lokomotiv Stadium left at halftime, and there were only about a thousand left at the end.


After Dmitry Bulykin had missed an easy early chance from close range, Irish international defender Harte fired Leeds ahead from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after Australian forward Harry Kewell had been hauled down by Igor Chugainov.


Bridges stabbed home the second from close in after a header down by Lee Bowyer in the 28th minute, and, in the final minute of the first half, he got behind a defender in a run on goal and slid the ball past the goalkeeper for the third.


The only negative for Leeds was a yellow card for South African international defender Lucas Radebe, who will now miss the first game of the next round.


"At the very start, we were a little bit lucky. Lokomotiv had chances but then settled down, we got a penalty and that gave us confidence,'' O'Leary said.


Lokomotiv coach Yury Syomin admitted it was over after the penalty.


"The first goal was a shock to our team." he said.