Lokomotiv Moscow have collected all three points against city rivals Dynamo on the first day of the Russian Premier League 2011/12 season.
Lokomotiv Moscow 3 -2 Dynamo Moscow
The grass pitch at Lokomotiv stadium in Cherkizovo was not ready to hold the match, so the first Moscow derby of the season was moved to the artificial surface of the Luzhniki arena.
Jan Durica scored the first goal of the extended Russian season, being first on the end of Dmitry Torbinsky’s cross from free-kick on the 4th minute and giving Loko the lead.
The Railway Men, who got two more in the second half through defender Taras Burlak and Torbinsky, looked to be heading for an easy win.
But Dynamo clearly didn’t deserve such a big score, and the Blue-and-Whites made their rivals worry in the end.
Aleksandr Samedov upset Lokomotiv’s Brazilian keeper Guilherme on the 90th minute and Kevin Kuranyi made it 3-2 less than sixty seconds later.
But it was all Dynamo had time to do as the referee blew the final whistle, indicating coach Yury Krasnozhan’s first win with Loko.
Spartak Nalchik 1-0 Krylia Sovietov Samara
Krasnozhan’s former team Spartak Nalchik entertained Krylia Sovetov in Chechen capital, Grozny and managed to score the winner only in stoppage time.
Igor Portnyagin was brought down in the Samara box and Leandro was perfect in executing a spot-kick, 1-0.
Anzhi Makhachkala 0-0 Krasnodar
The game was a Russian Premier League debut for Anzhi’s star-rookie Roberto Carlos and the whole Krasnodar team, who were promoted only because Saturn Moscow Region was disbanded due to financial reasons this winter.
The Makhachkala side were in control throughout the entire game, but failed to take advantage of the many chances they created, granting the visitors their first ever point in the top flight.