CSKA Moscow last out badly in their plans to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. They suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of French team Lille, although it would have been extremely hard for CSKA Moscow to get anything from the match in the first place.
This is because they were missing a number of key players like Zoran Tosic and their top scorer Seydou Doumbia. While Zoran Tosic was injured, Seydou Doumbia missed the match after being suspended for a red card. Russian teams have not been doing well on the Champions League this season, and the 2-0 defeat is no surprise at this stage of the competition.
Due to the significant number of first-team players missing from the action, CSKA Moscow struggled to make any impact on the match, despite being at home. Hence, it was not surprising to know that Lille dominated the Russian team for most of the match. Their first major chance came in the 20th minute, but Moscow did enough to prevent the French team from taking the lead. However, they could not do anything about the penalty they conceded in the 39th minute, which was then converted by Franck Beria.
Eden Hazard and Joe Cole has been in excellent form for Lille this season in very much the same way Zoran Tosic has been for CSKA Moscow. They two combined to produce a magical performance, which led to the second goal 15 min later. “It’s a fair defeat. Injury problems didn’t allow us to show our best football. As soon as our players are getting a bit better and they have to go out on the pitch right away. Of course, it was a huge setback in a game against such skillful opponents as Lille,” Leonid Slutsky, CSKA coach, said.Read More