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Sow puts the seal on Lille's CSKA success

Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 20.07CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 0-2 LOSC Lille Métropole
Moussa Sow's 64th-minute goal clinched the visitors' first win in Group B, which revives their chances of qualifying from a tightly bunched section.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Luzhniki Stadion

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Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaLille

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners2
 
6
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed14
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)43
 
57

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

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Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 20.07CET

Sow puts the seal on Lille's CSKA success

PFC CSKA Moskva 0-2 LOSC Lille Métropole
Moussa Sow's 64th-minute goal clinched the visitors' first win in Group B, which revives their chances of qualifying from a tightly bunched section.

LOSC Lille Métropole reignited their hopes of making the UEFA Champions League knockout stage with a thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory at PFC CSKA Moskva.

Despite the temperature dropping well below freezing in the Russian capital, it was the visitors who were more fired up for the game, and but for better finishing they could have gone in at the break at least two goals up. However, Lille's pressure finally told in the second half, when a freak Vasili Berezutski own goal and a tap-in from Moussa Sow gave the French side their first win in Group B, lifting them off the foot of the section.

CSKA knew victory would give them a great chance of making the next round, yet the Army Men made a subdued start. It was Lille who had the better of the opening exchanges, with Vladimir Gabulov called into action on 15 minutes. The Russian international saved low down from Joe Cole after the England midfielder showed great skill to turn his marker, Sergei Ignashevich, inside out.

The Ligue 1 champions' best chance of the first period fell to Mathieu Debuchy five minutes later. CSKA failed to clear a corner and the ball dropped invitingly for the Lille right-back. His strike from close range was true but unfortunately for him crashed off the top of the crossbar and away to safety.

Rudi Garcia's side were doing a good job of keeping dangermen Vágner Love and Alan Dzagoev quiet, but the absence of Seydou Doumbia also blunted the hosts' attacking edge. With CSKA's four-goal top scorer in the competition suspended, Mickaël Landreau hardly had a save to make in the first 45 minutes.

Lille gained the lead they deserved four minutes into the second half, albeit in bizarre circumstances. Sow failed to control a right-wing cross on the edge of the area and with Vasili Berezutski trying to clear, the centre-back inadvertently sent the ball over the head of the despairing Gabulov and in via the crossbar.

Buoyed by that slice of luck, Lille doubled their lead on 64 minutes. The excellent Eden Hazard played a delightful ball which split the CSKA defence, putting Cole through on goal. His shot cannoned off the post, but straight into the path of the onrushing Sow, who slotted into the empty net.

CSKA hardly threatened, Aleksandrs Cauņa's stinging drive from 25 metres the closest they came to a response. It was the French outfit who looked the more likely to extend their advantage, with Hazard looking a menace every time he received possession.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.25CET

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Quotes

  • Leonid Slutski

    Read more" Their defenders play quite high and we should have used the spaces they left. Lille were better today"

  • Rudi Garcia

    Read more"We said we had to learn quickly and tonight the boys showed they had learned from our first four matches"

Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

losc

LOSC

30
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
1
LandreauMickaël Landreau (GK)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
Substitution75
2
DebuchyMathieu Debuchy
Yellow Card59
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
4
BalmontFlorent Balmont
9
Vágner LoveVágner Love
5
GueyeIdrissa Gueye
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
8
SowMoussa Sow
Goal64
Substitution74
14
NababkinKirill Nababkin
Yellow Card81
10
HazardEden Hazard
Substitution90+2
17
MamaevPavel Mamaev
14
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
Yellow Card53
19
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution87
18
BériaFranck Béria
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
22
ChedjouAurélien Chedjou
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Goal49
24
MavubaRio Mavuba (C)
26
OlisehSekou Oliseh
26
J. ColeJoe Cole
Substitution87

Substitutes

1
ChepchugovSergei Chepchugov (GK)
16
EnyeamaVincent Enyeama (GK)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
6
SouaréPape Souaré
5
VasinViktor Vasin
7
PayetDimitri Payet
Substitution87
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
9
De MeloTúlio De Melo
Substitution90+2
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Substitution75
11
ObraniakLudovic Obraniak
48
PopovArtem Popov
21
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
61
SerderovSerder Serderov
Substitution87
27
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution74

Coach

Leonid Slutski (RUS) Rudi Garcia (FRA)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Radek Příhoda (CZE)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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