Real Madrid CF launch their bid to extend their winning UEFA Champions League run into the knockout rounds with an away tie against PFC CSKA Moskva.
• Although the nine-time European champions won all six group fixtures, CSKA will draw inspiration from a record against Spanish opponents which shows no defeats in a total of five games, home and away.
• At this stage two years ago CSKA put out another Spanish team, Sevilla FC, with a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Tomáš Necid and Keisuke Honda. The home game had ended 1-1, Mark González scoring CSKA's equaliser.
• These teams have never met before but CSKA will be eyeing revenge on José Mourinho, whose FC Internazionale Milano team prevailed in their 2009/10 quarter-finals on their way to lifting the trophy. It was the furthest the Moscow club have progressed in the competition but they lost both legs 1-0.
• Before the Sevilla tie, the Army Men had only faced two opponents from Spain, beating RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage in Moscow. One of the most memorable results in the club's history came in the 1992/93 second round, six months after FC Barcelona had lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup for the first time, when CSKA beat them 3-2 at the Camp Nou for a 4-3 aggregate success.
• Madrid have finished as winners on their last two visits to Russia, beating FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 in the 2008/09 group stage and FC Lokomotiv Moskva 1-0 in the 2002/03 second group stage. Madrid had recorded three draws and four losses, including three in succession, in Russia before that Lokomotiv victory.
• CSKA owe their place in the last 16 to their form on their travels, particularly a 2-1 matchday six win at Inter which took the Russian side from fourth to second place in Group B. In contrast they suffered home defeats by Inter and LOSC Lille Métropole but beat Trabzonspor AŞ 3-0.
• Madrid scored 19 goals in the group, conceding only two. Their goal remained unbreached in three away games, winning 1-0 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb, 2-0 at Olympique Lyonnais and 3-0 at AFC Ajax.
• Madrid became only the fifth side – after AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain FC (1994/95), FC Spartak Moskva (1995/96) and FC Barcelona (2002/03) – to win all six games in a UEFA Champions League group stage. Milan, in the final, and Spartak both lost in the next round; PSG won their two-legged quarter-final and Barcelona won their next three games in the second group stage.
• Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich plus Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski all played for Russia against a Spain team featuring Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas at UEFA EURO 2008. The teams met twice, Spain winning 4-1 in the opening group fixture and then 3-0 in the semi-finals en route to their final defeat of Germany.
• Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Carvalho helped Portugal beat Russia 2-0 at UEFA EURO 2004 with Evgeni Aldonin on the losing team and Akinfeev an unused substitute.
• Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal's 7-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat of Russia in Lisbon in October 2004. Carvalho, Ignashevich and Aldonin also started the game with Akinfeev remaining on the bench. All five players started the return in Moscow in September 2005 which ended scoreless, the Berezutski brothers also playing.
• Mourinho also met CSKA in the 2004/05 group stage, his first season at Chelsea FC. With Carvalho among their ranks, the London club won 2-0 at home and 1-0 away.
• In the six Spanish Liga games he played against Madrid, Mark González appeared on the winning side just once, scoring the decisive goal as Real Betis Balompié came from behind to win 2-1 at home in 2008. He also got the equaliser in Real Sociedad de Fútbol's 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2006.
• Kaká played for Brazil in a friendly international against Russia in Moscow in March 2006 which the visitors won 1-0. Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Aldonin and the Berezutskis all appeared for the hosts.
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