Zenit win Russian Super Cup in shootout against Lokomotiv

Zenit win Russian Super Cup in shootout against Lokomotiv
By Reuters

12/07/2015 at 20:32Updated 12/07/2015 at 20:41

Zenit St Petersburg won the Russian Super Cup by beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-2 on penalties after Sunday's game had finished locked at 1-1 following extra time.

Domenico Criscito scored the decisive penalty for Zenit, who lifted the trophy a third time after their 2008 and 2011 wins.

Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas handed debuts to former Dynamo Moscow midfielder Artur Yusupov and ex-Spartak forward Artem Dzyuba in the match played at their home stadium.

The first half was a tight affair but Lokomotiv took the lead after 28 minutes through Senegalese forward Baye Oumar Niasse`s shot from outside the penalty area.

After the break Villas-Boas`s side took a grip on the game but they had to wait until the 83rd minute to equalise with a header by defender Igor Smolnikov.

Extra time failed to separate the teams so the match went to a shootout and Zenit triumphed with Criscito's spot kick after Lokomotiv's Maxim Grigoryev and Vedran Corluka both missed.

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