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Sevilla   1 - 2   CSKA Moscow (agg 2 - 3)

Keisuke Honda (right) celebrates scoring for CSKA
Honda (right) struck with a free-kick that should have been saved

By Paul Fletcher

CSKA Moscow stunned Sevilla in Spain to reach the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 1993 with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

Tomas Necid scored with a precise low shot late in the first half half but Sevilla immediately responded through Diego Perotti's close-range effort.

CSKA regained the lead after the break when Andres Palop failed to stop Keisuke Honda's free-kick.

Palop later denied Mark Gonzalez, while Igor Akinfeev saved from Luis Fabiano.

The Russian side now take their place in Friday's draw - but the result is a crushing disappointment for Sevilla, who were heavy favourites to win this tie after the 1-1 draw in Moscow.

It looked as though it might be an engaging and open second leg when Fabiano forced an excellent save from Akinfeev with just two minutes played after Jesus Navas superbly picked out his team-mate.

It is a bad result and I ask for our supporters to pardon us for that

Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez

But apart from a double effort from the impressive Honda, who forced a decent save from Palop and almost slotted home the rebound, there was little of note until the tie exploded into life with two goals in as many minutes.

Necid's opener six minutes before the break was pure quality, with the Czech Republic international collecting Honda's pass and creating space with a sensational first touch before slotting the ball home from the edge of the box.

The goal took CSKA 2-1 ahead on aggregate in the tie and was no less than the Russian side deserved after a committed opening half at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla, despite a performance that had previously lacked desire and ambition, responded immediately through Perotti.

CSKA were masters of their own downfall after failing to clear a long clearance from Palop, allowing the impressive Navas to pick out Perotti, who hooked the ball past the advancing Akinfeev.

Fredi Kanoute replaced Diego Capel for Sevilla after the restart and added an extra dimension with his aerial threat.

But the tie turned decisively when Palop was deceived by Honda's left-foot free-kick.

The Sevilla keeper seemed well positioned to save the strike but only succeeded in guiding it into the roof of his own net.

The goal ensured Sevilla needed to score twice to qualify - and the situation almost worsened for the Spanish team when Gonzalez burst down the left but saw his strike blocked by Palop.

Fabiano almost pulled a goal back but his close-range effort was saved but CSKA looked relatively comfortable as they closed out the tie.

Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez, who afterwards received a vote of confidence from president Jose Maria del Nido, accepted responsibility for the defeat.

"It is a bad result and I ask for our supporters to pardon us for that," said Jimenez. "The sole person responsible, is me.

"Sevilla did what they had to do, which was to give it their all but CSKA were well-organised and took its opportunities.

"Sevilla didn't give up and has been eliminated by a team who was better in both legs."

CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said: "The players did very well to stop Sevilla getting many clear chances.

"I am very proud that my team has made it through to the quarters."

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sevilla 1-2 CSKA Moscow FT
(HT 1-1)(agg 2-3)
  • Perotti 41
  • Necid 39
  • Honda 55

Sevilla

  • 01 Palop
  • 02 Fazio
  • 03 Dragutinovic
  • 18 Fernando Navarro (Adriano Correia 74)
  • 35 Stankevicius
  • 07 Jesus Navas
  • 08 Zokora
  • 11 Renato (Negredo 70)
  • 16 Diego Capel (Kanoute 46)
  • 25 Perotti
  • 10 Luis Fabiano yellow card

Substitutes

  • 13 Javi Varas,
  • 14 Escude,
  • 23 Lolo,
  • 05 Duscher,
  • 06 Adriano Correia,
  • 12 Kanoute,
  • 19 Negredo

CSKA Moscow

  • 35 Akinfeev
  • 02 Semberas yellow card
  • 04 Ignashevich
  • 06 Berezutsky yellow card
  • 24 Berezutsky
  • 42 Shchennikov yellow card
  • 13 Gonzalez yellow card (Mamaev 87)
  • 17 Krasic (Odiah 72)
  • 18 Honda (Rahimic 82)
  • 22 Aldonin
  • 89 Necid

Substitutes

  • 01 Zhemchugov,
  • 15 Odiah,
  • 10 Dzagoev,
  • 11 Mamaev,
  • 25 Rahimic,
  • 26 Oliseh,
  • 20 Guilherme
Ref: KassaiAtt: 40,000
SEVILLA
CSKA MOSCOW

Possession

  • Sevilla 50%
  • CSKA Moscow 50%

Attempts on target

  • Sevilla 0
  • CSKA Moscow 0

Attempts off target

  • Sevilla 0
  • CSKA Moscow 0

Corners

  • Sevilla 0
  • CSKA Moscow 0

Fouls

  • Sevilla 0
  • CSKA Moscow 0



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