Weston McKennie’s late 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 team had much cutting edge as chances were missed on a wet night in Moscow, but McKennie made the difference in the 88th minute when the 20-year-old U.S. midfielder leapt unmarked at the far post to head in Yevhen Konoplyanka’s corner.
The win leaves Schalke with four points in Group D and is its second victory after a six-game winless run which included five straight defeats in the Bundesliga.
Playing its first Champions League home group game since 2003, Lokomotiv had the better of Schalke in the first half but its finishing was poor. The Russian champion recorded just one shot on target all game when Schalke keeper Ralf Faehrmann parried Dmitry Barinov’s shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 27th minute.
Lokomotiv has now lost its opening two Champions League games.
Porto hosts Galatasaray later Wednesday in the other Group D game.
Source: The Associated Press