NICK LEYDEN - Monday, June 13, 2011
Eugene Starikov made his third consecutive start as Tomsk shared the points with their visitors from Moscow in the Trud Stadium.
Despite scoring the game's first two goals and holding Lokomotiv at bay for nearly 75 minutes, Tomsk took home only a single point after surrendering two late goals.
After two consecutive starts against perennial title contenders, Zenit St. Petersburg and Rubin Kazan, Starikov was once again called upon by Valeri Nepomniachi to lead the attack against Lokomotiv.
The California product was dangerous early on, playing a part in the host's opener in the 14th minute.
Starikov's strike partner Maksim Kanunnikov received the ball roughly 25 yards from goal before turning his defender and carrying towards the endline. His low cross was headed for a wide open Starikov, who was making a back post run, only to be turned into the goal by a desperate Renat Yanbaev lunge.
Kanunnikov doubled Tomsk's advantage in the 37th minute, tucking home a rebound after Lokomotiv's Brazilian ‘keeper Guilherme Marinato could not hold Evgeni Bailyakin's 15 yard drive.
Unfortunately for the Siberians, they were unable to hold the high-scoring visitors for the entire game.
Substitute Senijad Ibricic steered home from the top of the six in the 74th minute, and Vladislav Ignatiev equalized in the 81st minute with an unstoppable 18 yarder after a give-and-go outside the box.
Starikov was replaced two minutes later by Sergey Sosnovskiy, but there would be no more fireworks.
The tie puts Tomsk in tenth place in the Russian Premier League. They will next be in action on Tuesday when they host Spartak in what will be the second of three consecutive games against teams from Moscow.