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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Home Win Puts Loko Into Champions League

ReutersLokomotiv players celebrating their 3-1 victory behind a Shakhtar Donetsk player lying on the pitch. Loko's win secured the club a place in this year's Champions League.
Mikhail Ashvetia scored two goals and Sergei Ignashevich converted a second-half penalty kick Wednesday as Lokomotiv Moscow beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 to earn a berth in the group stage of the Champions League.

Russian champion Lokomotiv was one goal down after a first-leg loss in Donetsk two weeks ago but advanced with a 3-2 aggregate win.

Shakhtar opened strongly and dominated the game, constantly threatening Lokomotiv's goal.

In the eighth minute, Shakhtar midfielder Bakharev forced Lokomotiv goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov to fist his powerful free kick out for a corner.

Lokomotiv's first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Dmitry Khokhlov was tackled just outside the visitors' box, but his free kick went wide.

Georgian international striker Ashvetia headed in his first goal five minutes later off a pass from Maxim Buznikin.

Three minutes later, Lokomotiv captain Dmitry Loskov almost put Buznikin one-on-one with Shakhtar's Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa with a long pass from Lokomotiv's half, but the striker failed to control the ball.

The visitors equalized several minutes later when Anatoly Tymoschuk's free kick from 30 meters ricocheted off a Lokomotiv defender and hit the right post. Ovchinnikov fisted the ball for a corner kick.

Ashvetia was close to hitting the target from close range two minutes before the interval, but he failed to connect Loskov's pass from the right. But he headed his second goal off a pass from Loskov in the fading seconds of the first-half injury time and silenced 5,000 Shakhtar fans, who came to Moscow on five charter trains.

After the break, Shakhtar went on the offensive and wasted several scoring chances before Polish midfielder Mariusz Lewandowsky headed in a corner kick in the 71st minute.

But four minutes from regulation time, Ashvetia was fouled in the visitors penalty box, and Ignashevich converted a penalty kick, hitting the left upper corner of the net to the delight of a sellout crowd of 33,000 at the Lokomotiv stadium.

In Thursday's Champions League draw in Monaco, Lokomotiv landed a spot in Group B, where the Russian side will face Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Dynamo Kiev.

In other action, Rangers won 2-1 at FC Copenhagen, advancing 3-2 on aggregate. Celtic won at home 1-0 over Hungary's MKT to go through 5-0 on aggregate.

Several other big-name European teams cashed in, including Spain's Celta Vigo, Turkish side Galatasaray, Italy's Lazio, former champion Marseille, four-time European champion Ajax and Partizan Belgrade.

On Tuesday, four other clubs reached the main phase: Sparta Prague, England's Chelsea, Anderlecht of Belgium and Spain's Deportivo La Coruna.