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

March 14.

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

goalkeeper beaten.

”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.”