MOSCOW, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie scored with a header two minutes from time to give the Bundesliga side a 1-0 win at Lokomotiv Moscow in a rain-soaked Champions League match on Wednesday.
Schalke’s first victory in Group D, in a disappointing game littered with misplaced passes, left them with four points from two games while the Russian champions have yet to get off the mark. Porto (one point) were hosting Galatasaray (three) later on Wednesday.
Lokomotiv, whose 71-year-old coach Yuri Semin is in his fourth stint at the club, edged the first half and Dmitiri Barinov had their best chance with a low shot from the edge of the area which was turned away by Ralf Faehrmann.
That proved to be Lokomotiv’s only shot on target.
Schalke, who have lost five of their opening six Bundesliga matches, improved after the break and carved out several openings.
One neat move down the left ended with Breel Embolo slipping the ball to Mark Uth whose shot went straight at goalkeeper Guilherme. Uth also flashed a low shot centimetres wide of the post in the 85th minute.
They finally broke through in the 88th minute when 20-year-old American McKennie outjumped three defenders at a corner to head in.
Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond