Wednesday was one of the quieter days in the run-up to the new season. In contrast to the usual menu of several exhibitions around Europe, there were two friendlies held on Russian soil featuring three of the League’s teams. 

Salavat Yulaev staged a friendly at home in Ufa against its SHL affiliate, Toros of Neftekamsk, and unexpectedly found itself upstaged by its “little brother.” Despite a double from Denis Bodrov and a goal from Anton Lazarev, the visitors hit back to seal a thrilling 4-3 win. 

Alexei Kudashov’s Lokomotiv welcomed Vaclav Sykora’s Severstal to Yaroslavl for a preseason warm-up, and this encounter also ended in defeat for the home side. Goals from Sergei Monakhov and Evgeny Kovyrshin gave the men from Cherepovets a 2-0 victory.

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