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21.02.2012 » CSKA Moscow 1-1 Real Madrid. Merengues allow a late draw in Russia

Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid frustration face in the UEFA Champions League 2012 while wearing a Real Madrid jerseys without the bwin text/logo sponsorname impressed

Real Madrid tied 1-1 against CSKA Moscow, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League, counting for the last-16 knock-out stage. The Merengues conceded a late equalizer that now allows the Russian side to still dream with a presence in the competition's quarter finals. Cristiano Ronaldo with a great strike in the 1st half and Wernbloom close to the end, ended up being the goalscorers of the night.

A game in Moscow is never an easy one and playing with five degrees below 0, certainly didn't ease the mission. Real Madrid pulled off a 1-1 draw against CSKA and given the weather circumstances, it has to be accounted as a positive result. However, the Russian side would score the equalizer already in added time, leaving the Merengues with a light sensation of frustration, but still in a better a position to book a place for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals next month. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the Spanish side lonely goal, from a great left-foot strike while still on the 1st half. The two teams will clash again in the 2nd leg, which is scheduled for the 13th of March 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Real Madrid goals and highlights:

Cristiano Ronaldo putting the ball on the top of his head, in a UEFA Champions League game for Real Madrid, in 2012

In what was a cold night in Moscow, the Merengues showed their superiority during most of the game periods, by not allowing CSKA to create any dangerous situations from counter attacks. Real Madrid controlled the entire game and reached half-time leading by 0-1, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal. However, the Merengues ended up failing a few good goalscoring chances in the 2nd half and that somehow encouraged CSKA Moscow to succesfully chase an always painful late goal.

The game started with a truly unfortunate event, as Real Madrid French forward, Karim Benzema, injured himself after a right foot strike that went off target. José Mourinho was then forced to replace Benzema for Gonzalo Higuaín and naturally, Real Madrid's game style didn't change much afterwards.

Karim Benzema injury against CSKA Moscow, in a Real Madrid game in February, 2012

In the 28th minute, Real Madrid finally took the lead, after a beautiful left-foot strike from Cristiano Ronaldo, assisted by his fellow countryman, Fábio Coentrão. Mourinho has said repeatedly in the past that scoring an away goal in UEFA knock-out stages is most of the times crucial, when it comes to decide who gets qualified. Having scored that vital goal, only time will tell if it's going to turn out to be decisive and put the Merengues in the quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo goal for Real Madrid against CSKA Moscow, in the UEFA Champions League in 2012

The 2nd half was once again controlled by Real Madrid, but this time, the Merengues couldn't materialize their superiority with goals. The game dragged to the end without any relevant and noteworthy event, except for a few good chances missed by the Spanish side. By not giving its final blow in the game, Real Madrid allowed CSKA Moscow to believe in still pulling off a reasonably good result and the Russian side got rewarded in the final minute of the game. From a long free-kick towards the Merengues area, the Russians caught the Real Madrid's defense unfocused and Wernbloom didn't waste the chance to hit the ball to the back of the net. The final 1-1 result was then set and Real Madrid will now host CSKA Moscow, in the Santiago Bernabéu for the UEFA Champions League 2nd leg, in the 13th of March 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo escapes the marking from two defenders at once, in Real Madrid in 2012

Real Madrid line-up vs CSKA Moscow:

Goalkeeper: Casillas
Defenders: Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Ozil
Attackers: Callejón, Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
CSKA Moscow
vs
Real Madrid
1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
9
Shots
15
4
Shots on goal
8
1
Corner kicks
8
15
Fouls commited
10
1
Yellow cards
3
0
Red cards
0
46%
Ball possession
54%

Real Madrid next game will be against Rayo Vallecano for the Spanish League "La Liga", next Sunday (26-02-2012). In the meanwhile, you can watch Marseille vs Inter Milan, but also Basel vs Bayern Munich and Manchester City vs F.C. Porto, from our soccer live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be on the line-up against Rayo Vallecano.

Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid kick-off time (26-02-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 22:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 16:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 15:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 13:00
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 10:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 07:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-8: 07:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / espn.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, Arbeloa, Callejón, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, all celebrate Real Madrid goal against CSKA Moscow, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo heavy breath, in a Real Madrid game in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo fast sprint, totally in the air, in a Real Madrid match, for the UEFA Champions League, in 2012

Mesut Ozil showing his class, in Real Madrid 1-1 CSKA Moscow, for the UEFA Champions League in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo fighting for the ball, with an ugly CSKA defender, in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo in black tights, during a Real Madrid training session, in a cold Moscow (Russia)

Cristiano Ronaldo new look, wearing Adidas gloves, in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo strange face, opening his mouth when celebrating a goal for Real Madrid, in 2012

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