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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko Falls, Zenit Takes Scalp

Itar-TassSeville's Luis Fabiano Clemente falling Wednesday on Loko's Sergei Gurenko.
Lokomotiv Moscow kicked off its 2006 competitive calendar at Lokomotiv Stadium on Wednesday night with a 1-0 defeat to Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

But there was better news for Zenit St. Petersburg, which managed a 2-0 away win at Rosenborg.

With striker Dmitry Sychyov out with a knee injury and under the direction of new coach Slavoljub Muslin, Loko struggled to penetrate the Spanish side's defense throughout the game, and the Railwaymen failed to repeat the free-scoring performances they put up in their last two UEFA Cup matches.

After a first half of little action Sevilla started the second with renewed energy. After a number of attempts to beat Loko's new keeper, Alexei Polyakov, Frederic Kanoute broke toward the net and was stopped by an airborne Emir Spahic, who knocked the ball out for a Sevilla corner.

From Jose Luis Marti's cross, the ball deflected off Jordi Lopez's shoulder into the Loko net in the 74th minute for the contest's only goal.

In Trondheim, Zenit goalie Kamil Kontofalsky counted a first-half penalty save among his series of top-class saves on the night.

Zenit took the lead at the midway point in the first half when Andrei Arshavin clinically finished past Rosenborg keeper Espen Johnson.

Johnson was at fault for Zenit's second goal minutes later, when his poor clearance bounced off Alexander Kerzhakov into an unguarded net.

The second legs are scheduled for Feb. 23.