CSKA Moskva vs. Real Madrid  1 - 1


Mourinho content with draw

22 February 2012 12:07

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has labelled his side's 1-1 Champions League draw at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as 'not a bad result'.

Real had looked like taking a 1-0 lead back to Madrid for the second leg on March 14 after Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half strike, but Pontus Wernbloom bobbed up to level for the hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium in the third minute of injury time.

While Mourinho was not impressed with conceding such a late goal, the Portuguese coach remains confident the La Liga leaders will progress to the last eight.

"It's not a bad result," Mourinho said. "Without having done anything out of this world we had chances to score a second goal. I'm not happy but I'm not all that sad."

"Tonight's result means we must step up for the second leg. Our opponents made things difficult for us but didn't do all that much to threaten an equaliser."

"That said, they played a very hard and serious game. Their goal will give them a lot of joy. I'd be happy if all our away legs finished 1-1."

Mourinho was reluctant to blame his defenders for the late equaliser, after Alexey Berezutski headed a deep cross back into the penalty box, for Wernbloom to drill home.

"There are goals that come from a loss of concentration at dead-ball situations that are often easy to identify but I'm not sure if that was the case today," he said.

"I was quite far away and couldn't tell you at this moment."

CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky was pleased with the efforts of his men, in light of the fact they were without Japanese star Keisuke Honda and Pavel Mamayev.

"We executed our defensive plan pretty well but failed to perform decently up front," Slutsky said.

"The game was broken into separate episodes and one of them resulted in us scoring. We lacked a man in the centre of the park who would direct our game."

"We were without Honda and Pavel Mamaev, and Wernbloom became one of our heroes. He scored and performed brilliantly overall."

"We went all-in in the end and brought on some attacking players, increased the pressure on Madrid's defence and finally converted our last set piece."

"Madrid still are the favourites but the outcome of this match gives us hope for a good result over the two legs."


Champions League: CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 1

22 February 2012 00:56

A late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for CSKA Moscow against Real Madrid in their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie on Tuesday.

Pontus Wernbloom scored in the third minute of stoppage time to keep the tie level heading into the second leg in Madrid on Wednesday March 14, cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half opener at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The hosts made a positive start to the match, with Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa looking dangerous with their electric pace and dribbling ability, but no clear-cut chances were created and Real started to impose themselves on the game.

Real's dominance stalled slightly due to an injury to Karim Benzema 15 minutes into the match. The Frenchman went down innocuously and had to be withdrawn due a problem with his groin.

Mourinho's men had a great chance to take the lead after 17 minutes but were denied by a terrific double save from Sergey Chepchugov.

Gonzalo Higuain latched on to a loose ball just outside the box and lashed a left-footed shot at goal that was palmed away by the CSKA goalkeeper, who got up instantly to tip Sami Khedira's rebound effort over the bar.

The breakthrough did eventually come for Real Madrid, through Portuguese pair Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao.

The left-back found himself in an advanced position and whipped a cross to the back post which proved too much to handle for Zoran Tosic, who awkwardly headed the ball into the path of Ronaldo. The talismanic front man showed great composure to drill a left-footed half-volley at goal that squeezed past Chepchugov.

After the break Real's defence were on top, with CSKA struggling to mount any attacks of note.

The Spanish outfit had an excellent opportunity to double their lead in the 75th minute but another good save from Chepchugov kept his side in the match.

Ronaldo broke the CSKA offside trap and ran through on goal attempting to take the ball around the goalkeeper, who made an important save.

Ronaldo should have doubled his tally seven minutes from time when he found himself with plenty of space on the edge of the box but dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post.

The win looked to be in the bag for Real Madrid, but CSKA had other ideas.

In the last minute of injury time, Alexey Berezutski got on the end of a deep cross to head the ball back into the penalty box, and Wernbloom was there to smash home from seven yards.


Real clash excites Doumbia

21 February 2012 14:16

CSKA Moscow star Seydou Doumbia said he is motivated to perform in their Champions League round-of-16 clash with Real Madrid.

The Ivory Coast international has been one of the stars of this year's edition of Europe's elite club tournament with five goals in as many appearances, and he revealed that he is ready for Tuesday's first-leg against the La Liga leaders.

"The fans know that we are ready to beat Real Madrid. Their support is a huge motivation," Doumbia told AS.

"We have the intention to do something special. I am hyper-motivated to get a good result on Tuesday."

The match will take place at Luzhniki Stadium, with the second leg of the tie getting underway on March 14 at Santiago Bernabeu.


Champions League preview: CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid

20 February 2012 09:53

La Liga leaders Real Madrid head to snow-covered Moscow for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

Undefeated in the competition through the group stage, the Spanish giants go into the match as overwhelming favourites against a side that have played only one competitive match since the Russian Premier League's hibernation in late November.

With evening temperatures dipping as low as minus-10 degrees in the Russian capital, Jose Mourinho's men will look for no more from their brief stay than the three points.

The Real Madrid boss has taken 21 players on the plane to Moscow with Hamit Altintop, Angel Di Maria and Lassana Diarra missing out through injury.

Real Madrid now look to be cruising to a first Spanish title since the 2007-08 season having seemingly broken Barcelona's stranglehold on the mantle with a 10-point buffer going into the last 15 games.

"Everyone is happy, being happy works miracles and we are a group which is in good spirits," Mourinho beamed after Saturday's 4-0 win at home to Racing Santander.

"We have a lot of motivation although we know that it will be a difficult game in Moscow."

CSKA have a number of injury concerns despite their long layoff, with defenders Kirill Nababkin and Pavel Mamaev, Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez, Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda along with Flamengo-bound striker Vagner Love, all ruled out.

Manager Leonid Slutsky remains wary of Real after only a handful of friendly matches, the latest a 2-2 draw with Ukranian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in Turkey, and said a fast start would be the key.

"I'm confident that all of my players will come into the match with top concentration," Slutsky said.

"We need to start at full confidence. We all understand that a good start may determine the entire match."

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4 20 +9 36
5 20 +11 35
6 20 -2 27
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2 24 +27 55
3 24 +31 48
4 24 +19 46
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