CSKA Moscow stun Real Madrid at the Bernabeu

first_img0Shares0000CSKA Moscow stunned Real Madrid but still finished bottom of their Champions League groupPARIS, France, Dec 12 – CSKA Moscow stunned a much-changed Real Madrid with a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, but still finished bottom of Champions League Group G as Viktoria Plzen beat Roma.The Russian side, who also downed Real 1-0 in the reverse fixture, had to better Plzen’s result to finish third and qualify for the Europa League. But Plzen edged out Roma 2-1 in the Czech Republic to render CSKA’s famous victory ultimately meaningless, despite inflicting the heaviest ever European home loss on the record 13-time champions.“It’s sad to say the least to beat Real Madrid, earn seven points, but finish bottom and get eliminated from Europe,” said CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko.“But we only have ourselves to blame. In any case, we’ve made sure we’ll spend the holidays in a great mood after tonight’s win.”Holders Real had already progressed to the last 16 as group winners, with Roma through in second place.Home coach Santiago Solari boosted CSKA’s hopes before kick-off by making seven changes to the starting XI which beat Huesca 1-0 in La Liga at the weekend, leaving Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Toni Kroos on the bench.Real’s youngsters started brightly, with Vinicius Junior forcing visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into a fine-one handed save, and Marco Asensio then curling the ball against the crossbar.But Goncharenko’s CSKA claimed a shock lead in the 37th minute, as Fedor Chalov danced through the makeshift Madrid defence and bent a left-footed shot into the corner.Georgiy Schennikov volleyed home shortly before the interval after an excellent team move to leave Real facing an embarrassing loss.At half-time Solari sent on Bale, the two-goal hero of last season’s final triumph over Liverpool, with Kroos following soon after.But it was CSKA who extended their advantage, as Arnor Sigurdsson fired low past Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal with 17 minutes to play.It mattered little though, as Plzen secured a place in the Europa League last 32 thanks to Tomas Chory’s 72nd-minute winner against Roma.Midfielder Jan Kovarik tapped in to break the deadlock in the 62nd minute, only for Turkish youngster Cengiz Under to level for Roma midway through the second half.But Plzen extended their European campaign when Chory headed in after Kovarik’s volley was pushed out by Antonio Mirante.Teenage midfielder Luca Pellegrini was sent off in injury-time after picking up two bookings in quick succession, as Roma’s winless run in all competitions stretched to five games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HURLING: DONEGAL MINORS PIPPED BY ARMAGH IN HARD-FOUGHT ENCOUNTER

first_imgDonegal finished their Ulster League campaign today with a disappointing defeat at home to Armagh, this was a game Donegal should have won. They began brightly with a goal from Tom Clare, Armagh replied with a goal from Sean Mc Cabe. Donegal were well on top but couldn’t score and had a number of bad wides, Kyle Mc Grath and Jamie de Ward got a point apiece, before Armagh’s sharp shooter Mc Cabe completed his hat trick with a brace of goals in a three minute spell before half time. Donegal completed the first half scoring with a point from Oisin Rooney. Half time score Armagh 3.0 Donegal 1.3.Donegal began the second half brightly and had 1.3 on the board before Armagh got their first score of the game. Donegal were 2 points ahead when disaster struck in the form of an Armagh goal followed quickly by a brace of points for the Orchard men. Donegal fought to the end and a goal at the death by Cathal Doherty gave them hope but unfortunately they ran out of time.Final score Armagh 4.6 Donegal 3.7Scorers Aaron Mc Cauley 1.1, Tom Clare 1.0, Cathal Doherty 1.0, Jamie de Ward 0.2, Oisin Rooney 0.2, Kyle Mc Grath 0.1 and Sam Doherty 0.1HURLING: DONEGAL MINORS PIPPED BY ARMAGH IN HARD-FOUGHT ENCOUNTER was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghdonegalhurlersMinorlast_img read more