MOSCOW (AP) – Weston McKennie's latest header gave Schalke a 1-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday, as the German team continued to recover from a poor start to the season.
Neither of them had much There was no chance of losing a wet night in Moscow, but McKennie made the difference in the 88th minute when the 20-year-old American midfielder jumped unmarked at the far post to head to Yevhen Konoplyanka's corner .
Schalke with four points in Group D and it is his second victory after a six-game winless race that included five consecutive defeats in the Bundesliga.
"This important victory should change the direction of our season," said McKennie. "We have not had the best start and we will definitely do better."
When playing their first group game of the Champions League since 2003, Lokomotiv had the best of Schalke in the first half, but its completion was poor. The Russian champion recorded only one shot to the target throughout the game when Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann stopped Dmitry Barinov's shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 27th minute.
With striker Fyodor Smolov was injured, "no We had forwards that could have come and add some flavor, "said veteran Lokomotiv coach Yuri Syomin, adding that his team was so tired that it lost focus on the corner, which led to the winning goal by McKennie.
"You lose concentration when you're tired and I think our players were very tired in the last eight or ten minutes," Syomin said.
Lokomotiv has lost its first two matches of the Champions League. Moored at the Russian league table, he is struggling to repeat the form that led him to claim a surprise title last season.
Porto hosts Galatasaray on Wednesday in the other Group D match.