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Solid CSKA better Benfica

Published: Thursday 17 February 2005, 23.45CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 2-0 SL Benfica CSKA secure victory despite a positive Benfica performance.

Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaBenfica

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 February 2005, 23.45CET

Solid CSKA better Benfica

PFC CSKA Moskva 2-0 SL Benfica CSKA secure victory despite a positive Benfica performance.

PFC CSKA Moskva gave themselves every chance of reaching the UEFA Cup last 16 with an impressive 2-0 victory against SL Benfica.

Vigorous spirits
The Russian team scored in both halves courtesy of goals from defender Vassili Berezoutski and Brazilian striker Vágner Love to put themselves in a promising position ahead of the away tie at the Estádio da Luz next Thursday. Benfica enjoyed the majority of the possession in a first half in which they were unfortunate not to score but were thoroughly outplayed in the second as CSKA emerged from the break in vigorous spirits.

Love chance
Benfica, third in the Portuguese SuperLiga, began the match positively and looked anything but the away side as they circulated the ball elegantly in the opening stages. Nevertheless, it was CSKA - in their first competitive game of 2005 - who fashioned the first chance when Vágner Love almost took advantage of a mistake in the visiting defence only to lose his footing and stumble over the ball as he went to shoot.

Berezoutski opener
Despite beginning the game on the defensive, CSKA went ahead on 12 minutes. Berezoutski managed to get his boot on the end of Daniel Carvalho's looping free-kick into the box which angled its way past a succession of Benfica defenders and looked as if it would have gone in even if the tall stopper had not provided a final touch to ensure it did.

Visiting domination
From that point on, however, the visitors dominated, enjoying long spells on the ball which only broke down when the move encroached on the host area. Yet the CSKA rearguard held firm, defending well and carefully following Benfica's triumvarate of forwards - Simão Sabrosa, Geovanni and Nuno Gomes - as they dropped deep to collect.

Audacious efforts
In the final minutes of the opening period Simão, Petit and Nuno Assis all took turns to try to level the score with audacious efforts from distance while CSKA’s only attempt of note during this period fell to Rolan Gusev, who also drilled wide from long range.

Words of warning
The Russian side, eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after two losses to Chelsea FC and one against FC Porto, emerged for the second half in determined mood. Within seconds of the restart, Carvalho jinked down the flank and fizzed in a dangerous cross which was headed away by the smallest of margins. Elvir Rahimic then pounced on a loose ball and hit a thundering strike on the half-volley which was charged down.

Fine goal
The greater ambition soon paid dividends and CSKA collected their second goal in the 60th minute just as Benfica were threatening to gain a foothold. Midfield player Rahimic nudged a ball into the path of Vágner Love, who controlled the pass with aplomb and slammed a right-foot shot into the corner past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Quim.

Last updated: 18/02/05 11.25CET

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Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

benfica

Benfica

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
Yellow Card43
6
PetitPetit
Yellow Card31
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
11
GeovanniGeovanni
Yellow Card57
Substitution73
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution79
13
AlcidesAlcides
Yellow Card11
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Goal60
Substitution90+2
15
Nuno AssisNuno Assis
Substitution59
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
18
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution81
20
SimãoSimão
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution73
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Goal12
Yellow Card34
37
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira

Substitutes

1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
14
KirichenkoDmitri Kirichenko
5
Paulo AlmeidaPaulo Almeida
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution81
7
CarlitosCarlitos
28
ShershunBohdan Shershun
Substitution79
8
Bruno AguiarBruno Aguiar
Substitution73
13
SamodinSergei Samodin
Substitution90+2
9
MantorrasMantorras
Substitution73
40
SalughinAleksandr Salughin
19
EversonEverson
45
DenisovVitali Denisov
22
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution59

Coach

Valeri Gazzaev (RUS) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Marcel Savaniu (ROU)

Fourth official

Augustus Constantin (ROU)

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