Lokomotiv steamroll Al Sadd

Lokomotiv Tashkent dismantled All Sadd 5-0 in their AFC Champions League Group C match that took place in Uzbekistan on Wednesday.

The result presented the Uzbeki side with some revenge following their 6-2 defeat against the 2011 champions last month.

Having only gained one point from their opening three encounters, Lokomotiv coach Vadim Abramov made it clear to his players that only a victory in the Lokomotiv Stadium would keep them in contention for qualification for the Round of 16 and his players responded to his call.

The hosts started like a side with something to prove and their attacking intent was rewarded in the seventh minute when midfielder Sardor Mirzayev received the ball in space on the right flank and played in Ikromjon Alibaev, who opened the scoring with his second attempt after keeper Muhannad Naim could only palm the ball back to the striker.

They doubled their lead seven minutes later when Jasur Khasanov's cross found Marat Bikmaev in the box and his left foot shot gave the keeper no chance.

All Sadd missed two glorious chances at the end of the first half, but when midfielder Sanjar Shaakhmedov made it 3-0 in the 54th minute after combining with Bikmaev in the box, the match was over as a contest.

Lokomotiv continued to attack and after a mistake by defender Mohammed Kasola, Temurkhuja Abdukholikov squared the ball to Damir Kojasevic, who had an easy chance to finish from about 10 yards out.

In injury time, Lokomotiv added their fifth when Ruslan Korian tricked his way past the Al Sadd defense and rounded Naim and placed the ball in the empty net.

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