Defending champions Real Madrid faced a major setback in the Champions League after they were left stunned 0-1 by CKSA Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium as the Spanish giants failed to score a goal for the third consecutive match.
But CSKA wouldn’t be able to be joyful in this victory of theirs as their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was sent off following a second yellow card just before the match ended.
Toni Kroos’ poor backpass resulted in the first and only goal of the match after just two minutes when Croatian winger Nikola Vlasic slotted it home to score his second goal in two matches in the Champions League.
Real Madrid, without their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, have now won two of their last five matches and new coach Julen Lopetegui repented the fact that his side missed a lot of chances. But he also said that they’ll start scoring, sooner or later.
“Of course, (they) played at home and the quick goal helped them, but we didn’t take our chances,” said Lopetegui, as quoted by The Indian Express.
“We need to create scoring chances, I’m sure that sooner or later we will start scoring,” he added further.
The Spaniard opted to have FIFA Player of the Year Luka Modric on the bench with his side already missing the services of Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco.
They were further hit by another injury before the break when Alvaro Odriozola replaced an injured Dani Carvajal. Despite coming up with attacks every now and then, they couldn’t really get anything substantial as they failed to find the back of the net in the first half. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro had a good opportunity to level the scores before the break but his shot hit the post while Karim Benzema’s header struck the bar before half-time.
Casemiro was substituted by Modric but failed to create any impact whatsoever.
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