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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Late goal gives F Bahce 2-2 CL draw

Turkish soccer team Fenerbahce tied 2-2 with Russian CSKA Moscow in an away game in European Champions League Group G on Tuesday.

Fenerbahce grabbed a late 2-2 draw in Moscow in what a free-spirited and flowing game of football that had a little bit of everything.

An opportunistic finish from a poor header, a back pass that misfired, a silly hack to concede a penalty, and a goalkeeper letting the ball slip under him were all on offer in this comedy of errors.

CSKA were perhaps the better team for much of the game, but credit is due to Fenerbahce for mounting a comeback after falling 2-1 behind away from home, and refusing to throw in the towel.

In the end, it was a deserved point for both sides, though the home side will feel aggrieved.

Fenerbah├že took an early lead through their Champions League hero Alex, the Brazilian adding to his two against Inter by latching ont a poor clearance from Aleksei Berezutski after Mehmet Aurelio slipped as he prepared to strike.

CSKA were stunned, but proceeded to find their rhythm and run the show with the backing of the home fans.

They got a much deserved lead through the superb Krasic, who hassled Edu into a poor back pass, and latched onto it to finish in two attempts.

The Russians then got their second, with Edu once again guilty, this time of a clumsy challenge on Vagner Love.

The Brazilian picked himself up and tucked away the penalty to put his side ahead, and get the usually serious Gazzaev jumping in delight on the touchline.

It was to be Fenerbahces turn to raise their game, and they crowded the CSKA goal as the game headed into its final minutes.

They got their reward in fortunate circumstances, with Deivid's 25-yard drive squeezing under Veniamin Mandrykin.

Fenerbahce have four points from two games, while CSKA have just the one.

Stadium: Lokomotiv

Referees: Knut Kircher, Kai Voss, Thorsten Schiffner (Germany)

Fenerbahce: Volkan Demirel, Onder, Edu (Mn. 72 Yasin), Lugano (Mn. 77 Gokhan), Roberto Carlos, Deivid, Deniz (Mn. 72 Kazim), Aurelio, Vederson, Alex, Kezman

CSKA Moscow: Mandrykin, Vasili Berezutski, Ignashevich, Aleksei Berezutski, Semberas, Rahimic, Krasic, Dudu (Mn. 90 Aldonin), Zhirkov, Vagner Love, Jo

Goals: Mn. 9 Alex, Mn. 85 Deivid (Fenerbahce), Mn. 49 Krasic, Mn. 53 Vagner Love (penalty) (CSKA Moscow)

Yellow Cards: Mn. 52 Edu, Mn. 65 Lugano (Fenerbahce), Mn. 67 Krasic, Mn. 78 Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow)


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