PSV seek Russian first at CSKA

Buoyed by victory over Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven will go in search of a first win in Russia when they visit Group B rivals PFC CSKA Moskva on matchday two.

PSV had the boost of a victory over Manchester United on matchday one
PSV had the boost of a victory over Manchester United on matchday one ©Getty Images

PSV Eindhoven will go in search of a second victory in Russia when they visit Group B rivals PFC CSKA Moskva on matchday two.

Previous meetings
• PSV beat CSKA home and away in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2007/08.

• Jan Wouters' PSV triumphed 2-1 in Eindhoven – Danko Lazović and Kenneth Perez scoring before Vágner Love's late reply – and then prevailed 1-0 in Moscow through a Jefferson Farfán header. PSV ended in third place in the group with CSKA bottom.

• The lineups for that encounter in Moscow on 27 November 2007 were:
CSKA: Akinfeev, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, A Berezutski, Šemberas, Aldonin, Rahimić (Grigoriev 86), Zhirkov, Dudu (Odiah 73), Ramón (Erkin 61), Janczyk.
PSV: Gomes, Salcido, Marcellis, Alcides, Zonneveld, Méndez, Rajković, Bakkal (Culina 77), Afellay, Farfán (Koevermans 81), Lazović (Perez 84).

Match background

CSKA
• CSKA will be looking to bounce back after their opening 1-0 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg.

• This is their third home meeting with Dutch visitors. They lost the first two matches by the same 1-0 scoreline – against Feyenoord in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup first round and PSV in 2007.

• CSKA's only victory in six attempts against Eredivisie opposition was a 3-1 win at Feyenoord in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. They have five survivors of that fixture in their current squad: Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski, and Alan Dzagoev.

PSV
• PSV have never won back-to-back games at the start of a UEFA Champions League group stage but will hope to buck that trend and build on their opening 2-1 comeback victory over Manchester United FC.

• PSV lost two of six away fixtures in the UEFA Europa League last season – both in Russia. They fell to a 1-0 defeat at FC Dinamo Moskva on matchday two of the group phase, then went down 3-0 at FC Zenit in the round of 32, confirming a 4-0 aggregate reverse.

• PSV also lost in Russia in a 2010/11 UEFA Europa League play-off against FC Sibir Novosibirsk, yet recovered to win the second leg 5-0.

Coach and player links
• As a player, PSV coach Phillip Cocu visited the Russian capital once in UEFA competition – for Barcelona's 3-1 victory at FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first group stage. He also figured in Barça's 1-0 home win against Lokomotiv.

• CSKA's Zoran Tošić faced PSV defender Simon Poulsen in Serbia's 2-0 reverse at Denmark in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier in June. Poulsen had been an unused substitute when Tošić scored in Serbia's earlier home loss (1-3) to the Danes in November 2014.

• Vasili Berezutski, Ignashevich and Dzagoev helped Russia beat Poulsen's Denmark 2-0 in a friendly match in February 2012.

• Akinfeev and Ignashevich played in Russia's 3-1 quarter-final win over the Netherlands at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Ahmed Musa featured 37 times and scored eight goals for VVV-Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie (2010–2012).

• Players who have played together:
Pontus Wernbloom & Héctor Moreno, Stijn Schaars, Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar's 2009 Dutch title-winning team)

Match facts

CSKA
• Russian Premier League leaders CSKA were held 1-1 at home by second-placed Lokomotiv Moskva on Saturday, Seydou Doumbia's 16th-minute penalty cancelled out by Baye Oumar Niasse's spot kick five minutes later.

• Akinfeev picked up a knee injury against Lokomotiv while Vasili Berezutski missed the match with an adductor problem.

• Losing 3-0 after 15 minutes, CSKA recovered to defeat FC Mordovia Saransk 6-4 on 20 September. All of the Army Men's goals were scored in the second half, with Musa and Seydou Doumbia each on target twice.

• Leonid Slutski's men won 2-1 after extra time at FC Baykal Irkutsk in the last 32 of the Russian Cup on 23 September.

• Aleksandrs Cauņa equalised with 11 minutes remaining, his first club goal since 18 November 2012.

• Akinfeev has conceded a goal in each of his last 32 UEFA Champions League appearances, qualifying included. His last clean sheet in the competition came when CSKA drew 0-0 at Arsenal FC on 1 November 2006.

PSV
• PSV's 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended when they lost 2-1 at Heracles Almelo on 19 September.

• Three days later, Luuk de Jong's 78th-minute penalty earned PSV, who led 2-0, a 3-2 victory against SC Cambuur in the Dutch Cup round of 64.

• PSV have won five of their last six games in all competitions, and beat NEC Nijmegen 2-1 in Eindhoven on Saturday.

• Jetro Willems has yet to play this season having sustained a left knee ligament injury on 14 July.

• Florian Jozefzoon has been sidelined since damaging right knee ligaments in January.

• Andrés Guardado is expected to be out for four to six weeks with the ankle injury he sustained on matchday one.

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