Real Madrid 4 - Lokomotiv Moscow 0
Real Madrid: Iker
Casillas, Míchel Salgado, Hierro, Karanka, Roberto Carlos (Solari 83'),
Figo (McManaman 88'), Flavio Conceicao (Celades 76'), Makelele, Savio, Munitis,
A depleted Real Madrid recorded their second win in a row to top their group with six points after today's matches. With Zidane still suspended, Morientes and Guti injured and Raúl only just passing a late fitness test, Savio and Munitis came in to the attack for their first starts of the season. Both players made their claims for a more regular place in the side, with Munitis getting the opening goal and Savio rounding things off with the fourth near the end. Munitis's goal came just before half time after Madrid had dominated a Lokomotiv side which was hard-working but lacking in talent, Raúl turning provider from the right wing for Munitis to hit a first time shot past Nigmatoulline. There was still time though for Figo to almost make it two before the break when his shot hit the bar and bounced back into the keeper's hands.
Munitis popped up again in the second half to win a penalty after Drozdov brought him down, Figo converting the penalty much to the relief of the home fans. Earlier on Lokomotiv had almost scored from a corner, Salgado saving the day from Maminov, and they were looking good on the breakaway. With ten minutes to go though Roberto Carlos produced another of his house specials, leaving Tchougainov for dead before drilling the ball across Nigmatoulline and in to the bottom corner, and the Brazilian was substituted just afterwards to a rousing ovation. His replacement Solari made his mark quickly, producing a shot which the keeper could only push out, and Savio was waiting to push the ball back in to the net. It was a comfortable victory which together with the win at Roma restores some confidence, and they now have to show that they can play at this level in all competitions.