PFC CSKA Moskva 2-2 Fenerbahçe SK Deivid's strike five minutes from time in Moscow continued Fenerbahçe's positive start to Group G.
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Deivid's long-range drive five minutes from time gave Fenerbahçe SK a point at PFC CSKA Moskva that continues their fine start to UEFA Champions League Group G.
On a high from their Matchday 1 defeat of FC Internazionale Milano when Deivid scored the only goal, the visitors led on nine minutes through captain Alex. But not long after the interval some determined running by Miloš Krasić paid off as he levelled and Vágner Love then converted a penalty he had won himself to seemingly cancel out CSKA's opening loss at PSV Eindhoven until Deivid's strongly-hit shot crept under home goalkeeper Veniamin Mandrykin.
Both coaches had kept faith with their lineups from Matchday 1, and a repeat of their respective fortunes from a fortnight ago looked possible when the visitors went ahead. Mehmet Aurélio sliced a shot on the edge of the box which Aleksei Berezutski intercepted, but he skewed his header to his right. Alex, who had begun the move, had wisely continued his run into the area and was in prime position to head past Mandrykin.
CSKA had been the more lively side in the opening exchanges and continued to press after falling behind. Edu did well to cut out a Yuri Zhirkov cross aimed at Vágner Love, and the Brazilian striker came close himself as he burst past two visiting defenders and into the box but his shot deflected just wide. Zhirkov was causing plenty of menace down the left and hit the side-netting with a strong effort on the half-hour and Jô also went close with a promising drive. But although CSKA ended the first half 7-0 up in the corner count, the Fenerbahçe defence was holding pretty firm.
However, just eight minutes into the second half CSKA were in front. Vasili Berezutski played a curling long pass down the right to Krasić which Edu was unable to cut out. The winger darted into the box and although the advancing Volkan Demirel got a hand to his first effort, Krasić won the race to the byline and equalised from a tight angle. Four minutes later Vágner Love was felled in the box by Edu after some fancy footwork and the forward stepped up to send the Fenerbahçe goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.
Fenerbahçe then began to dictate the play, and Mandrykin had to be alert when Deniz Barış broke through and aimed for the near post with a low shot. The keeper was tested again by a strong Gökçek Vederson half-volley from the edge of the box and one of the substitutes sent on by Zico to refresh the Fenerbahçe attack, Kazım Kazım, also came close. However, with five minutes left Mandrykin was beaten by a low effort from Fenerbahçe's goalscoring hero against Inter, Deivid, to the delight of the noisy travelling fans.