Home strength spurs Sevilla belief
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Sevilla FC have a 100% record in home games against visitors from Russia but, despite a 1-1 first-leg draw, PFC CSKA Moskva can take heart from the memory of a remarkable victory in Spain.
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Sevilla FC's record of 100% success in home games against visitors from Russia is a daunting prospect for PFC CSKA Moskva as they prepare for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. Then again, the Moscow club have their own 'perfect' record to bolster confidence.
• CSKA have to score at least once at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán to stay in the competition after Álvaro Negredo put Sevilla in front in Moscow on 24 February, Mark González levelling with a spectacular strike midway through the second period.
• Sevilla are looking for their third successive knockout triumph against Russian teams. In 2005/06, which ended with the first of Sevilla's back-to-back UEFA Cup triumphs, they lost 2-1 at FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the group stage, but then beat FC Lokomotiv Moskva home (2-0) and away (1-0) in the round of 32. In the quarter-finals they exacted revenge on Zenit with a 5-2 aggregate win, the home leg ending 4-1 in their favour.
• The Andalusian club, who have won all three home games against Russian visitors, succeeded CSKA as UEFA Cup winners after the Moscow team had become the first Russian side to claim European silverware.
• Sevilla won Group G by four points, losing only at FC Unirea Urziceni on Matchday 5 with qualification already assured. At home they drew 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart, beating Unirea (2-0) and Rangers FC (1-0).
• Sevilla had won all six of their home games in the UEFA Champions League before the draw with Stuttgart. During their successive UEFA Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007 they lost just one of their 14 fixtures at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, winning 11.
• In their only previous UEFA Champions League campaign, Manuel Jiménez's team exited the competition at this stage. After losing the first leg 3-2 at Fenerbahçe SK, they won the return by the same score but went out on penalties.
• Sevilla have drawn the first leg away from home in UEFA competition only once before, against FC Schalke 04 in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup semi-finals, when a goalless draw in Germany was followed by a 1-0 extra-time Sevilla success. Home and away, the Spanish side have earned a first-leg draw on seven occasions, winning the tie four times.
• CSKA qualified for the last eight of the inaugural UEFA Champions League season in 1992/93 but in their four subsequent campaigns this is the first time they have come through the group stage.
• Leonid Slutsky's side achieved their place with a 2-1 victory at Beşiktaş JK on Matchday 6 to edge out VfL Wolfsburg in Group B. It was CSKA's third victory in the pool; their other away games ended in a 3-1 defeat in Germany and a 3-3 draw at group winners Manchester United FC.
• The Army Men have only visited Spanish opponents on one occasion, in 1992/93. It provided the club with one of their most memorable results as, six months after FC Barcelona had lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup, they defeated the Catalan club 3-2 to win the second-round tie 4-3 on aggregate.
• That Barcelona triumph is the only time CSKA have drawn at home in the first leg of a UEFA competition tie and gone through to the next stage. Maccabi Haifa FC (2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 32, 0-0 home, 0-1 away), Parma FC (2002/03 UEFA Cup first round, 1-1 home, 2-3 away) and Viborg FF (2000/01 UEFA Cup first round, 0-0 home, 0-1 away) have all eliminated CSKA after earning a draw in Moscow.
• Juande Ramos, who won back-to-back UEFA Cups with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007, spent six weeks as CSKA head coach last autumn.
• Ivica Dragutinović and Miloš Krasić are team-mates in the Serbian national team.
• Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich plus Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski all featured for Russia against Spain at UEFA EURO 2008, Spain winning 4-1 in Group D and 3-0 in the semi-finals. Akinfeev and Ignashevich played in both games while both Berezutski brothers remained on the bench along with Andrés Palop and Fernando Navarro for their opponents.
• González has had spells at Albacete Balompié, Real Sociedad de Fútbol and Real Betis Balompié.
• Marius Stankevičius played for Lithuania in a 4-3 defeat by Russia in a Moscow friendly in August 2004.
• Dragutinović and Krasić played for Serbia in a 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against a Lithuania side containing Deividas Šemberas and Stankevičius on 11 October 2008. Dragutinović, Krasić and Stankevičius also appeared in the reverse fixture, won 2-1 by Lithuania on 14 October 2009.
• Luis Fabiano scored twice for Brazil in a 3-0 victory against a Chile side including González in a World Cup qualifier on 7 September 2008.
• Negredo scored twice for Spain in a 5-2 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifying tie in Zenica on 14 October 2009. Elvir Rahimić was on the opposing side as he had been when Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 1-0 in Murcia a year earlier, when Diego Capel lined up for the hosts.
• Russia forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov was at Sevilla from January 2007 to February 2008, winning the UEFA Cup, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.