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CSKA rescues late draw over Real Madrid

02-22-2012 11:23 BJT

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 match of the Champions League on Tuesday.

CSKA Moscow's Pontus Wernbloom (R) celebrates after scoring against Real Madrid with team mate Vasili Berezutski during their Champions League last 16 first leg soccer match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

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 a host of opportunities following Cristiano Ronaldo's 28th-minute goal, which appeared to have 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 net.

"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.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during his Champions League
last 16 first leg soccer match against CSKA Moscow at the Luzhniki
stadium in Moscow, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

CSKA Moscow's Seydou Doumbia (R) fights for the ball with Real Madrid's
Sergio Ramos during their Champions League last 16 first leg soccer
match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho reacts during his team's Champions
League last 16 first leg soccer match against CSKA Moscow at the
Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]


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