CSKA scores last-gasp goal in 1-1 draw with Madrid
CSKA Moscow equalized from the last kick of the match when
Pontus Wernbloom scrambled the ball into the net, giving the
Russian club a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the
Champions League on Tuesday.
The Swedish midfielder’s debut game for CSKA ended with him
poking the ball home in the third minute of stoppage time in the
first leg at Luzhniki Stadium.
Madrid had won all previous six matches in the competition this
season and it was the first away goal conceded this campaign.
Wernbloom’s goal came after CSKA missed several opportunities
following Cristiano Ronaldo’s 28th-minute goal, which appeared to
have the put the visitors on course for victory in a match played
in subzero temperatures and on artificial turf.
Ronaldo scored his 36th goal of the season after CSKA had failed
to clear Fabio Coentrao’s cross from the left, the ball bouncing
for the Portugal forward to strike a left-footed shot into the
”Our opponents were tough and the match was hard,” Madrid
coach Jose Mourinho said. ”Our opponents did very little to score
but got their goal. They were very happy to get that. We had our
chances, especially in the second half, but we didn’t convert them.
In the end … I’m satisfied with the result.”
The return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid is on
Initially, CSKA goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov kept his side in
the contest with Madrid’s poor finishing ruining a number of
chances. It was the hosts’ first competitive match this year with
the Russian league starting on March 3, and their lack of fluency
showed compared to the familiarity displayed by Madrid’s
Madrid had to be patient to begin with, CSKA midfielder Alan
Dzagoev volleying Georgi Schennikov’s cross wide in the seventh
Madrid lost Karim Benzema to injury on the quarter-hour mark,
the France striker giving way to Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentina
forward’s first shot was saved two minutes later and Chepchugov
rose from the ground to stop Sami Khedira’s follow-up attempt.
Madrid’s defense snuffed out many of CSKA’s attacks, and the
visitors went down the other end to score when Coentrao found
Ronaldo and a failed headed clearance allowed the Portugal striker
to smash a shot under Chepchugov.
CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia headed a good chance wide just
before the break, and while the hosts continued to create after the
restart, it was Madrid that looked closer to scoring.
Playing because Angel di Maria was injured, Madrid winger Jose
Callejon fired wildly wide in a clear chance before Chepchugov
saved his point-blank attempt in the 52nd.
CSKA had its share of chances. CSKA winger Ahmed Musa broke away
in the 62nd but his poor effort was easily held by goalkeeper Iker
Casillas, while Dzagoev then missed Sekou Oliseh’s well-placed
But Madrid paid for its failure to put the game away. Chepchugov
saved Sergio Ramos’ header in the 76th, before an unmarked Ronaldo
inside the area rolled his shot just wide of the post with the
”It was great to get the injury-time goal and it really gives
us a chance going into the second leg,” CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky
said. ”Wernbloom is the hero with the goal, of course. But he
played a good defensive game on the whole.”