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CSKA rescues late draw over Real Madrid

2012-02-22 07:15:45 GMT2012-02-22 15:15:45(Beijing Time)  China Daily

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]

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]

Chelsea's Frank Lampard acknowledges supporters at the end of their Champions League last 16 first leg soccer match against Napoli at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi (C) celebrates with teammate Edinson Cavani (L) after scoring against Chelsea during their Champions League last 16 first leg soccer match at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

Napoli's Goran Pandev (L) looks at Chelsea's manager Andre Villas-Boas during their Champions League last 16 first leg soccer match at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Feb 21, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

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.

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.

Napoli tops Chelsea 3-1

Chelsea fared nearly as badly as Arsenal on its trip to Italy, leaving English clubs in danger of missing the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.

Ezequiel Lavezzi scored two goals and Edinson Cavani had one as Napoli rallied from an early deficit for a 3-1 victory Tuesday night in the first leg of the total-goals, second-round series.

 "We will analyze strongly what we did wrongly because a couple of things need to get better," Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said.

Last week, Arsenal lost 4-0 at AC Milan. England's two other teams in Europe's top club competition, Manchester United and Manchester City, were eliminated in the group phase.

The last time there were no English clubs in the quarterfinals was 1995-96, when Blackburn was the only representative and finished last in its first-round group.

"It's not an ideal situation but we are still in the Champions League and we will fight to the end," Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said. Chelsea is winless in five straight matches in all competitions (0-2-3), likely to anger owner Roman Abramovich.

The Blues' troubles grew worse before the kickoff, when it said captain John Terry will need knee surgery and will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Villas-Boas gambled by not starting with the experienced trio of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien. Only three teams have come back from two goals down in a second leg.

 "I want to be the fourth," Villas-Boas said. "We're sure we can turn it around at the Bridge." In the final first-leg games Wednesday, Bayern Munich is at Basel, and Inter Milan is at Marseille.

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