Competition: UEFA Cup, Second Round, First Leg.
Lokomotiv Moscow: Nigmatoulline; Tchougainov, Arifoulline, Pachinine (Hovhannisyan), Lavrek; Drozdov, Kharlatchev, Loskov, Sarkisian (Maminov); Smertin, Dzanashia (Boulykine). Unused Subs: Poliakov, Solomatine, Semenenko, Neretine.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (
United had Ian Harte back at left-back after a knee injury and Gary Kelly took over from Danny Mills at right back, as they took on the second-rated Russian side Locomotiv Moscow, who had reached the semi-finals of the European-Cup-Winners Cup for the last two seasons. On a rainy night in Leeds, United just blew the Muscovites away with a display of power football that made them wish they had never left Russia to play their first ever game on British soil as a break from their ice and snow.
rain was always going to make conditions difficult, but the Russians must have
thought they were in the tropics having left behind the freezing temperatures
and a foot of snow in
Lucas Radebe was strong in defence as he prevented Zasa Dzanashia from getting in a shot and then United had a let off when Alexei Smertin was too greedy in possession and did not pass to two team-mates who were better placed. Locomotive were swift on the break and Maradonna look-alike Zaza Dzanashia had Nigel Martyn scurrying across his goal to push the ball round the post. Harry Kewell rode two tackles but put his shot over while Michael Bridges put a shot across the face of the goal. United took the lead after twenty-seven minutes with a fine set piece from Stephen McPhail who found the head of Michael Bridges on the left, and Jonathan Woodgate helped it on to Lee Bowyer who crashed the ball home. It was Bowyer’s sixth goal of the season and his third in the UEFA Cup.
given a shock in the thirty-sixth minute when Alexei Arifoulline
thundered in a shot from thirty-five yards which rattled the Leeds bar with
Nigel Martyn beaten. Dmitri
Boulykine, who had replaced Zaza
Dzanashia, threatened but Jonathan Woodgate stopped him with a fine tackle. Just on half time
United doubled their lead as Michael Bridges sent in a magnificent cross in
from the left and there was Lee Bowyer to rise and gleefully head the ball into
the net for his and
Lee Bowyer celebrates his first goal
Lee Bowyer dives to head the second goal
Lee Bowyer heads United’s second goal Lee Bowyer celebrates the second goal with Michael Bridges
Alan Smith acrobatically scores the third goal
Alan Smith is congratulated by Michael Bridges for his goal United celebrate Smith’s goal
Jonathan Woodgate climbs high to win a header
Lee Bowyer (2) Alan Smith and Harry Kewell were the
Ian Harte returned after injury Gary Kelly replaced Danny Mills at right-back Darren Huckerby was involved
in the last goal
Michael Bridges was Jonathan Woodgate’s fine Stephen McPhail’s Lucas Radebe was strong Nigel Martyn saved well
not on form header was saved free-kick led to a goal. in defence.
Ruslan Nigmatullin was in goal Igor Tchougainov and Andrei Lavrik were the full-backs.
Alexei Arifoulline and Oleg Pashinin were in central defence Alexei Smertin and Zaza Dzanashia were the forwards
Yuri Drozdov, Evgueni Kharlatchev, Dmitri Loskov and Albert Sarkisian were in midfield
Dmitri Bulykin, Sargis Hovhannisyan and Vladimir Maminov came on as substitutes