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Gazzaev rues 'grave mistakes'

Valeriy Gazzaev watched PFC CSKA Moskva concede a late equaliser to Fenerbahçe SK and admitted "grave mistakes" cost the Russian club maximum points.

CSKA's Jô (right) is challenged by Roberto Carlos
CSKA's Jô (right) is challenged by Roberto Carlos ©Getty Images

PFC CSKA Moskva coach Valeriy Gazzaev watched his side concede a late Fenerbahçe SK equaliser and admitted "grave mistakes" cost the Russian club maximum points tonight in UEFA Champions League Group G. Alex's early goal was more than cancelled out in the opening exchanges of the second half by Miloš Krasić's strike and Vágner Love's penalty but Deivid equalised from long range late on and left his coach Zico dreaming of the last 16 after the Turkish title-holders moved on to four points in the section.

Valeriy Gazzaev, CSKA coach
Both Fenerbahçe goals were scored after grave mistakes; in the Champions League opponents don't forgive such mistakes. We played to win and were very highly motivated, but when the score was in our favour we somehow lost the initiative. Our players looked tired, there was probably not enough time for them to rest after a difficult game on Saturday, and Fenerbahçe had an extra day. During the second half we had excellent chances from counterattacks and I thought we would score from one and secure the result we wanted but unfortunately these chances were not taken. Now after two games we have only one point which is not satisfactory, but of course we will do our best in the remaning games and will fight to the end.

Zico, Fenerbahçe coach
We did all we could. First luck was on our side, then not on our side, then again on our side. We faced strong opposition and there were many difficult moments, but in the second half we managed to pick up our game especially on the right. Since the match ended 2-2 it's hard to say which team performed better today. The main aim is to qualify, either in first or second, it doesn't matter which.