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Sporting CP v CSKA Moskva background

Sporting CP will hope their home encounter with CSKA Moskva will be less traumatic than the teams' previous meeting in Lisbon, in the 2005 UEFA Cup final.

CSKA rejoice after winning the 2005 UEFA Cup final
CSKA rejoice after winning the 2005 UEFA Cup final ©Getty Images

Sporting CP will strive to gain some belated revenge for their 2005 UEFA Cup final defeat as they take on CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Previous meetings
• In the sides' sole previous encounter, Valeri Gazaev's CSKA beat José Peseiro's Sporting CP 3-1 in the 2005 UEFA Cup final, held at Sporting CP's Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vágner Love replied to Rogério's first-half strike as CSKA became the first Russian club to win a major European trophy.

• The teams for that game on 18 May 2005 were:
Sporting: Ricardo, Miguel Garcia, Enakarhire, Beto, Rogério (Douala 80), Pedro Barbosa, Rochemback, Moutinho (Hugo Viana 88), Tello, Liedson, Sá Pinto (Niculae 73).
CSKA: Akinfeev*, A Berezutski*, Ignashevich*, V Berezutski*, Odiah, Aldonin (Gusev 86), Dani Carvalho (Šemberas 82), Rahimić, Zhirkov, Olić (Krašić 67), Vágner Love.

* still registered to play for the club

Form guide
• Sporting CP have yet to win a match – home or away – against Russian opponents (W0 D1 L4), with all three of their home games against Russian sides ending in defeat. The visitors scored three goals in each of those games.

• CSKA's record in five fixtures in Portugal is W1 D3 L1, with their first defeat coming in their most recent visit – a 2-1 loss to Porto in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• Sporting CP lost out to Fiorentina on away goals in their only past UEFA Champions League play-off appearance in 2009/10.

• This is CSKA's first UEFA Champions League play-off. They are unbeaten in nine UEFA Champions League qualifying matches (W5 D4).

Links and trivia
• CSKA right-back Mário Fernandes and Sporting CP left-back Jefferson started their careers together in Brazil at São Caetano.

• Sporting CP's Islam Slimani scored for Algeria in a 1-1 draw against a Russia team featuring CSKA's Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski and Alan Dzagoev at last summer's FIFA World Cup.

• Sporting CP right-back João Pereira played in a 2004/05 UEFA Cup round of 32 tie against CSKA with Benfica. His side succumbed 2-0 in Russia then drew 1-1 in Lisbon.

• New Sporting coach Jorge Jesus oversaw six games against Russian opposition in his previous role as Benfica boss. His team lost all three of their matches in Russia, while their home record in those ties was W2 L1.

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