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Berezutski and CSKA foil Roma at the last

Published: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 20.09CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 1-1 AS Roma
Francesco Totti's 43rd-minute free-kick looked to have earned a crucial Group E win only for Vasili Berezutski to level with the last touch of the game.
by Richard van Poortvliet
from Arena Khimki

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Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaRoma

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts15
 
7
on target4
 
3
off target4
 
3
blocked7
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
5
Fouls suffered5
 
15
Passes441
 
613
completed381
 
550

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 25 November 2014, 20.09CET

Berezutski and CSKA foil Roma at the last

PFC CSKA Moskva 1-1 AS Roma
Francesco Totti's 43rd-minute free-kick looked to have earned a crucial Group E win only for Vasili Berezutski to level with the last touch of the game.

Vasili Berezutski rescues point for CSKA with last touch of game (90+3)
CSKA defender's attempted cross evades everybody to equalise
Francesco Totti's first-half free-kick seemed enough for Roma (43)
Teams still level on points in Group E with five each
Next games: Bayern v CSKA, Roma v Manchester City (10 December)

Vasili Berezutski scored a last-second equaliser to keep alive PFC CSKA Moskva's UEFA Champions League hopes just as AS Roma looked set to take a giant stride towards the round of 16.

The Italian side had been poised for three points on a freezing Moscow night thanks to a thunderous free-kick from Francesco Totti close to half-time, the 38-year-old Roma captain extending his own record for the competition's oldest scorer. However, three minutes into added time Berezutski's attempted cross evaded everybody to nestle into the Roma net and ensure Group E will go to the wire.

CSKA started brightly with Georgi Schennikov having the first opportunity of the match, shooting from an acute angle with Seydou Doumbia unmarked in the middle. Roma then gained the upper hand and largely controlled possession, but aside from a half-chance for Alessandro Florenzi, Igor Akinfeev was largely untroubled in the home goal.

Indeed, Leonid Slutski's team should have taken the lead on 39 minutes as Bebras Natcho slid Doumbia through on goal, yet Morgan De Sanctis produced a fine block to keep the scores level. As one Roma veteran excelled at one end of the pitch, another broke the deadlock four minutes later, Totti slamming a thunderbolt of a set piece past Akinfeev from just outside the penalty area.

Striving to build on that, Roma might have doubled their advantage on the hour when Radja Nainggolan sliced through the Army Men's defence. With only Akinfeev to beat, he managed to drag his right-footed shot wide of the left-hand post – CSKA were still in the contest.

Ahmed Musa and Alan Dzagoev both had opportunities to equalise with Roma sitting back, though the Giallorossi remained a threat to the Russian champions' goal. Adem Ljajić could have put the game beyond doubt with ten minutes to go, but Akinfeev saved well with his outstretched leg.

That stop appeared as if it would count for little as the match moved into its final seconds with Rudi Garcia's side still in front, yet then everything changed at the last. Berezutski picked up the ball on the left and delivered it into the box and, though neither Dzagoev nor Doumbia could make contact, De Sanctis was unable to keep it out as CSKA grasped a lifeline.

Last updated: 29/05/15 5.02CET

https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000548/match=2014379/postmatch/report/index.html#cska+foil+roma+last

Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

roma

Roma

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK) (C)
26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
2
Mario FernandesMario Fernandes
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Substitution83
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
8
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Substitution87
10
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
Yellow Card38
10
TottiFrancesco Totti (C)
Goal43
18
MusaAhmed Musa
Substitution81
16
De RossiDaniele De Rossi
19
CauņaAleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution64
20
KeitaSeydou Keita
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Yellow Card42
Goal90+3
23
AstoriDavide Astori
25
EremenkoRoman Eremenko
24
FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi
42
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Yellow Card84
25
HolebasJosé Holebas
66
NatchoBibras Natcho
27
GervinhoGervinho
Substitution77
88
DoumbiaSeydou Doumbia
44
ManolasKostas Manolas

Substitutes

1
ChepchugovSergei Chepchugov (GK)
28
SkorupskiŁukasz Skorupski (GK)
7
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution81
3
A.ColeAshley Cole
14
NababkinKirill Nababkin
6
StrootmanKevin Strootman
Substitution83
15
EfremovDmitri Efremov
7
IturbeJuan Iturbe
Substitution77
23
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
Substitution64
15
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution87
31
VitinhoVitinho
22
DestroMattia Destro
91
ChernovNikita Chernov
50
SommaMichele Somma

Coach

Leonid Slutski (RUS) Rudi Garcia (FRA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Achmüller (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution