Players of the Moscow «Locomotive» has played out a draw with Cyprus «Apollo» in the first match of the play-off round of qualifications for the Europa League. The meeting, which took place in Nicosia, ended with the score 1: 1.
Hometown «Apollo» is Limassol. However, the team’s stadium in his hometown does not comply with the rules of the Union of European football associations (UEFA), for this reason, Apollo is forced to play its home European matches in the capital of Cyprus. For this reason, for example, another club of Limassol — AYOL — conducted home game of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League with Zenit St. Petersburg (1: 0) in Larnaca.
So it is not surprising that reporting the Meeting took place At an empty stadium and without a lot of excitement among fans of the hosts. This took the fans of «Locomotive», which actively supported their favorites In the whole tournament and most well were heard, when the guests opened the Score. Fans of the hosts responded early in the second half, a powerful pyrotechnic show, but in the future were not So active.
in the end, «locomotive» sold by rival world. The score was opened in the 39th minute Alan Kasaev powerful shot from distance, the hosts responded in the 80th minute goal Abraham huye Gnci. While Muscovites continued meeting in the minority once in the 75th minute Jan Tigorev for a rough reception he received a straight red card. And in the end Lokomotiv did, and left nine men, then as a 2nd yellow card was awarded to the defending Player Vitaly Denisov.
The match with the «Apollo» for «Locomotive» was 1st in the framework of the European competition since February 2012, when the red-green lost in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League future tournament finalists Spanish Athletic club of Bilbao (2: 1 at home and 0: 1 away). Also this first Meeting with Cypriot club in the history of «Locomotive».
This red-green held in Nicosia 105 Match of the European Cup in its history (42 21 victory draw and 42 defeats). For the first time Lokomotiv took part in European competitions in the autumn of 1993, when I failed in 2 matches 1/32 finals of the UEFA Cup Turin «Juventus» (0: 3 and 0: 1).
Apollo, with his hand held prior to the tournament with the «Locomotive» experience meetings with Russian clubs. In 2010/11 the team from Limassol met Novosibirsk Siberia in the framework of the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League. Then Siberians won on home win 1: 0, And on the road lost 1: 2, and went on for the away goal.
The second match of «Locomotive» with «Apollo» will be held in the Russian capital on August 28
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