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González comes to CSKA's rescue

Published: Wednesday 24 February 2010, 20.30CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 1-1 Sevilla FC
Mark González cancelled out Álvaro Negredo's first-half opener to keep alive the home side's hopes of a quarter-final place.

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Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaSevilla

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
7
Corners5
 
1
Offsides0
6
Fouls committed17
 
5
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 February 2010, 20.30CET

González comes to CSKA's rescue

PFC CSKA Moskva 1-1 Sevilla FC
Mark González cancelled out Álvaro Negredo's first-half opener to keep alive the home side's hopes of a quarter-final place.

Mark González fired a memorable equaliser to earn PFC CSKA Moskva a deserved draw against Sevilla FC in the first leg of a cagey first knockout round tie.

The game looked to be going away from Leonid Slutski's tiring men midway through the second half when the hitherto quiet González unleashed an unstoppable effort from distance. It was little more than the hosts deserved, having dominated before and after Álvaro Negredo's 25th-minute opener for Sevilla, and CSKA's night might have been better, too, had Andrés Palop not denied Tomáš Necid with full time approaching.

CSKA are newcomers to this stage but Keisuke Honda, their winter signing from VVV Venlo who was making his European debut, started the game as if he had never known anything else. Deft of touch and seemingly always in space, his direct running caused the Sevilla back line problems throughout. He gave early warning when he robbed the lax Federico Fazio, and when González and Necid failed to make the most of menacing through balls, Honda took matters into his own hands, firing into the side-netting from distance.

Miloš Krasić was also showing sparks of life after CSKA's winter hibernation and the outlook, like the clouds over Moscow, was gloomy for Sevilla. Manuel Jiménez's men have run hot and cold all season, beating FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou one week, losing at home to lowly Real Racing Club the next. It was set for another cold one, but then they scored. Jesús Navas broke down the right and drilled in a low cross that bounced over Sergei Ignashevich's outstretched leg and into the path of the grateful Negredo, who could not miss.

The Army Men were rocked, but reformed their lines and by half-time they had resumed their forward march. Evgeni Aldonin shot low past the upright and, given licence to push on, Aleksei Berezutski's teasing cross only just evaded González at the far post. It was more of the same after the restart as Krasić's cross homed in, inevitably, on Honda but Marius Stankevičius did just enough to divert his header for a corner.

It proved a false dawn, and the game was drifting when former Real Betis Balompié winger González conjured up another bolt from the blue in the 66th minute. Collecting the loose ball in midfield the winger let fly from all of 30 metres, his left-footed strike leaving Palop no chance in the Sevilla goal.

Like Negredo, it was his first goal in the UEFA Champions League proper, and after Necid had been denied the match was also destined to finish honours even. It is all to play for in the warmer climes of Andalusia on 16 March.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.05CET

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At a glance

What happened
Álvaro Negredo put Sevilla in front against the run of play but CSKA were on top after half-time and were rewarded with Mark González's spectacular 66th-minute equaliser.

Key moment
After González had finally rewarded CSKA's pressure, they looked the likelier winners and only a fine Andrés Palop save to deny Tomáš Necid late on kept the scores level.

Numbers game
Vasili Berezutski and Miloš Krasić made their 50th appearances in UEFA club competition; both have played in all seven of CSKA's games this season.

One on one
Navas and González were lively on the same wing, the former providing dangerous crosses from the Sevilla right and the Chilean threatening on CSKA's left.

Crowd pleaser
On a cold Moscow evening, the home crowd gave CSKA vocal backing although it was not until González's stunning 25-metre strike, that they had tangible reward.

What it means
CSKA won at FC Barcelona on their only previous visit to Spain and will need to score at least once on 16 March at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán to stay in the competition.

Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

sevilla

Sevilla

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK) (C)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK) (C)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
2
FazioFederico Fazio
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
6
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution59
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
13
GonzálezMark González
Goal66
Yellow Card80
8
ZokoraDidier Zokora
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution89
18
HondaKeisuke Honda
Yellow Card82
Substitution83
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
Yellow Card78
18
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
19
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Goal25
Substitution76
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
22
RomaricNdri Romaric
89
NecidTomáš Necid
35
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius

Substitutes

1
ChepchugovSergei Chepchugov (GK)
13
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution83
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
14
NababkinKirill Nababkin
5
DuscherAldo Duscher
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Substitution76
20
GuilhermeGuilherme
21
AcostaLautaro Acosta
Substitution89
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
23
LoloLolo
26
OlisehSekou Oliseh
25
PerottiDiego Perotti
Substitution59

Coach

Leonid Slutski (RUS) Manuel Jiménez (ESP)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

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