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Loskov Hat Trick Saves Loko's Blushes

APLoko striker Dmitry Loskov hugging his goalkeeper, Sergei Ovchinnikov, right, as other players celebrate Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Brondby in Moscow.
LONDON -- Dmitry Loskov scored three goals Wednesday to help Lokomotiv Moscow come back and beat Brondby 4-2 in an exciting UEFA Cup Group B match in the Russian captial.

Martin Retov and Morten Skoubo had given the Danish team a 2-0 halftime lead, but Loskov scored the first of his goals in the 60th minute and Igor Lebedenko equalized in the 63rd minute.

Two minutes later, Loskov collected a pass from Francesco Ruopolo on the right and scored with a shot from just outside the box.

Loskov completed his hat-trick in the 84th minute.

Retov put the visitors in the lead in the 11th minute from outside the box, and Skoubo made it 2-0 in the 28th with a header off a Kim Daugaard free kick.

Lokomotiv now has four points from three matches in Group B, and leads Palermo on goal difference. Palermo, which plays at Espanyol on Thursday, drew 0-0 with Lokomotiv when they played Nov. 3.

Loko hadn't even found the net in the group stage before the Brondby game, in stark contrast to the five goals scored against Norwegian club SK Brann in the first round.

Brondby, which has played only two matches, has three points, the same as Espanyol. Israeli outsider Maccabi Petach-Tikva is last in the group and has yet to score a single point.

Loko first graced the UEFA Cup in 1993 and has failed to qualify on only two subsequent occasions: 1994 and last season, meaning the Railwaymen have enjoyed a total of 11 of a possible 13 campaigns.

With the Russian Premier League season finished, Loko will be looking to put together a long run in Europe to keep its fans happy, having deprived them of any reason to celebrate this year after losing 2nd place -- which comes with a ticket to the Champions League next season -- to rival Spartak on the last day of the season.

Loko had held a seemingly commanding 10-point lead in the league in the summer.

(AP, MT)