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Champions League Qualifiers: First legs completed, CSKA has a sporting chance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The result of the first leg of the Champions League qualifying games was negative to CSKA Moskva, losing 2-1 in Portugal's capital city to Sporting Clube de Portugal but the tie for the Muscovites is very much down but not out. Sporting CP travels to Moscow defending a result crafted by Gutiérrez (12) and Slimani (82) after Doumbia equalized on 40'.

Leonid Slutski's side sits atop the Russian Premier League with six wins in the bag and this away tie against a sleek new-look Sporting CP under new coach Jorge Jesus (ex-Benfica, arch rivals across northern Lisbon) was the first defeat of the season, while being Sporting's third competitive game and the third victory.

Sporting's ball possession was far superior, 63% against CSKA's 37% but the scoreline shows just how dangerous CSKA can be in their masterful counter-attacking strategy, soaking up pressure, putting men behind the ball and launching attacks like rockets down the wings, trying to find Seydou Alan Doumbia, from Ivory Coast, playing at CSKA since 2010.

Tuesday's matches

Astana 1 (Kazakhstan) APOEL 0 (Cyprus)

Manchester United (England) 3 Club Brugge (Belgium) 1

Lazio (Italy) 1 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 0

BATE Borisov (Belarus) 1 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 0

Wednesday's matches

Basel (Switzerland) 2 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) 2

Valencia (Spain) 3 AS Monaco (France) 1

Celtic (Scotland) 3 Malmö (Sweden) 2

Rapid Wien (Austria) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 1

Skënderbeu (Albania) 1 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 2

  

Aleksei Federov

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