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CSKA hope to keep Moscow run going

After five straight home wins in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, PFC CSKA Moskva are aiming for more of the same in this term's UEFA Champions League as they welcome Beşiktaş JK to the Luzhniki Stadium.

CSKA hope to keep Moscow run going
CSKA hope to keep Moscow run going ©UEFA.com

PFC CSKA Moskva and Beşiktaş JK will meet for the first time in their Group B encounter on Matchday 2 with the home side hoping to reproduce the fine form they showed at home in 2008/09.

Match background
• CSKA recorded five straight home wins last term as they advanced to the UEFA Cup round of 16. To have any chance of progressing from Group B they will have to improve on their efforts in Moscow during their last UEFA Champions League campaign, when they took just one point from their home matches in 2007/08.

• Besiktas have their own grounds for improvement – the visitors suffered from a severe case of travel sickness on their last appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2007/08, losing all three away games, including an 8-0 reverse at Liverpool FC.

• CSKA have had mixed fortunes against Turkish opposition. In the 2007/08 group stage they finished bottom of their section after a home draw and away defeat against Beşiktaş's city rivals Fenerbahçe SK.

• In the 1971/72 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round they beat Galatasaray AŞ 3-0 at home to complete a 4-1 aggregate success.

• Beşiktaş are unbeaten against Russian opposition, their most recent encounter with a Premier-Liga team coming in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage when they drew 1-1 at home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

• The newly returned Beşiktaş striker Nihat Kahveci will have fond memories of the club's only other encounter with a Russian outfit – a 6-1 aggregate triumph over FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round in August 2000. Nihat found the net in both meetings, a 3-0 home win and the ensuing 3-1 triumph in Moscow.

Team ties
• CSKA coach Juande Ramos was in charge of the Sevilla FC side that recorded a 3-0 home win against Beşiktaş in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage, going on to lift the trophy.

• Beşiktaş coach Mustafa Denizli finished on the losing side in Moscow with former club Kocaelispor, suffering a 2-1 reverse at Lokomotiv in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round – and eventual aggregate defeat by the same score.

• Denizli returned to Russia as coach of the Turkish national team in April 1998 and lost 1-0.

• Beşiktaş defender Matteo Ferrari enjoyed a UEFA Cup victory against CSKA in the 2002/03 first round. Ferrari's Parma FC drew 1-1 in Moscow then prevailed 3-2 back in Italy. CSKA's Deividas Šemberas, Elvir Rahimić and Aleksei Berezutski featured in the second leg.

• Nihat was in the Villarreal CF side defeated on away goals by Zenit in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32.

• CSKA's Mark González featured as a substitute for Liverpool FC in a 3-2 victory against Fenerbahçe in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage.