Blue-White-Sky Blues won Russian high-flying tiara for eighth time after tearing up steam locomotives
Francois Kamano’s Lokomotiv Moscow surrendered the 2020-21 Russian Premier League title to FC Zenit St. Petersburg after suffering a 6-1 cancellation.
As Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash approached at the Krestovsky Stadium, the steam locomotives needed a victory to remain in contention for the national tiara.
However, they were torn apart by the frenzied hosts who gave Sardar Azmoun a hat-trick in the seven-goal thriller.
Following the result, Zenit has now become the competition’s champion for the eighth time with two games to lose.
After winning their last 13 games in all competitions on the rebound, Lokomotiv headed to St. Petersburg with the ambition of causing an upheaval, but they were hit for six.
The hosts got off to a frustrating start when star player Wendel was replaced by Sebastian Driussi in the 13th minute due to a serious injury. Nevertheless, they took the lead six minutes later thanks to Artem Dzyuba.
Taking advantage of a poorly cleared ball from the back line of the visiting team, Driussi floated the ball in front of goalkeeper Guilherme.
In the 39th minute, Sardar Azmoun doubled the advantage after taking advantage of an assist from Driussi.
At the stroke of half-time, Azmoun completed his double from the penalty spot following a foul by Brazilian defender Pablo.
A minute into the second half, the Iranian striker completed his hat-trick to put his side four goals ahead when he scored a one-time effort past Guilherme with Malcom floating a brilliant cross.
Sergey Semak continued with his stunning form in front of goal as Dzyuba increased the lead in the 51st minute.
Five minutes later, Kamano struck out a goal for the visitors after stealing the ball from Yaroslav Rakitskyi before placing goalkeeper Andrey Lunev.
In the 67th minute, Malcom restored Zenit’s five-goal advantage with Dzyuba providing the final assist.
After 58 minutes of play, Guinean striker Kamano – who now has five goals in 23 league appearances – was eliminated for Vitali Lisakovich in the 58th minute.
While Ze Luis of Cape Verde was introduced for Fedor Smolov in the 65th minute.
With the title already lost, Lokomotiv will face Victor Moses’ Spartak Moscow for second place – which is the last Champions League qualifying slot.