Zlín v Lokomotiv Moskva background
Zlín can no longer qualify for the round of 32 but they will be seeking to depart the competition with their first win in Group F as they entertain Lokomotiv Moskva in Olomouc.
• Lokomotiv will qualify with a victory, but any other outcome will leave them dependent on the result of the other group game between København and Sheriff. Lokomotiv will be through if FCK do not win; they will also proceed if they draw and the other match finishes in anything other than a one-goal victory for København in which the Danes score at least four.
• Lokomotiv and Zlín had never played against opponents from the other’s country when they met in Moscow on matchday two. The Russian side made home advantage count, winning 3-0 with three goals in the opening 17 minutes from Manuel Fernandes. It was the fifth-fastest hat-trick scored in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final.
• The 29 games between Russian and Czech clubs in UEFA competition history have produced 13 wins to seven in Russia’s favour.
• Zlín have failed to win any of their matches in this season’s competition (D2 L3) and have scored just one goal.
• Lokomotiv have been defeated just once in their last eight away fixtures in the UEFA Europa League group stage (W4 D3), scoring 16 goals during that run.
• Zlín won the Czech Cup for the first time last season; the Ševci (Cobblers) have not played European football since the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup and are making their group stage debut.
• Lokomotiv are contesting the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League group stage for a fifth time and have failed just once to reach the round of 32, finishing bottom of their group in 2007/08.
Links and trivia
• The journey from Moscow to Olomouc, where Zlín are playing their European home games, is around 1,500km.
• Zlín’s Senegalese striker Dame Diop was on the books of Russian side Khimki in 2012/13 but never made a senior appearance.
• On-loan Lokomotiv forward Éder scored the extra-time winner for Portugal in the UEFA EURO 2016 final against France.
• Suspended for next match if booked: Vladislav Ignatyev, Taras Mikhalik (Lokomotiv).
• Yuri Semin took charge of Lokomotiv for a fourth time in August 2016, having lifted the club’s only two Russian titles during his second stint from 1992–2005. He also played for the club, from 1975 to 1977, and coached Dynamo Kyiv to the 2008/09 Ukrainian championship.
• Bohumil Páník started his coaching career with Zlín in 2000, and returned to the club in 2014, his adventures in between having included spells with Lech Poznań and Pogoń Szczecin in Poland. He guided Zlín unexpectedly to Czech Cup glory in 2016/17.