Lokomotiv Moscow in bad form ahead of Beşiktaş clash

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Updated: November 2, 2015

Ahead of their first confrontation with the Black Eagles in Group H, Lokomotiv Moscow were on an impressive 11 game winning streak. Beşiktaş secured a point in Moscow after Mario Gómez’ strike from just outside the box cancelled out Maicon’s second half opener.

The end of Lokomotiv’s winless streak immediatly set in to motion a 3 match losing streak as the Moscow based outfit lost twice in their last two Russian Premier League fixtures aswell as their midweek cup match against Amkar (0-1).

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Rostov may not have been the biggest shock in the world, given that Rostov are doing quite well for themselves in the league. But the 6-2 defeat at the hands of Krasnodar this past weekend was certainly a stunning result, Lokomotiv found themselves trailing 5-0 after just 40 minutes had gone int he second half but managed to pull two goals back in the second half before conceding a late owngoal in second half stoppage time.

Lokomotiv are still in second position in the Russian league but have seen their lead on third placed Zenit St.-Petersburg shrink to only one point while their city rivals and league leaders CSKA Moscow now have a 9 point lead at the top.

While only two weeks ago Lokomotiv seemed well on their way to a possible first championship since 2004, that dream now seems far away while a defeat at the hands of the Black Eagles may also make things difficult in the Europa League despite currently being leaders in the group with 7 points.

Beşiktaş need a victory on Thursday to put them in pole-position to qualify for the next round, with Sporting and Lokomotiv facing eachother on matchday 5, a win against Lokomotiv will likely be decisive for the Black Eagles.

A win on Thursday would move Beşiktaş in to first place with 8 points, assuming that Sporting will beat Skënderbeu they’d be left on 7 points aswell as Lokomotiv Moscow. That would mean their confrontation on matchday 5 could be decisive. If Beşiktaş then beat Skënderbeu on matchday 5 they will have 11 points, meaning that if either Sporting or Lokomotiv lose on matchday 5 in their match against eachother, that the Black Eagles automatically qualify for the next round regardless on the result on matchday 6 in Lisbon.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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