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Friday 22 September 2017

Honda steers CSKA through

A well-struck free-kick from Keisuke Honda gave CSKA Moscow a surprise 2-1 win at Sevilla last night to send the Russians into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years.

After a 1-1 draw in Moscow, goals from CSKA's Tomas Necid and Sevilla's Diego Perotti had the sides tied at 2-2 on aggregate before Honda's 55th-minute strike flew in off Sevilla 'keeper Andres Palop.

A surprise victory for the Muscovites put them into the last eight for the first time since 1992-93 and ended Sevilla's hopes of making their debut in the last eight.

Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano squandered a chance to put the home side ahead in only the third minute. The Brazilian international collected a whipped Jesus Navas cross from the right but hit his first-time shot straight at CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev.

Six minutes before the break, a mistake by Serbian defender Ivica Dragutinovic let Necid in, and he rifled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Sevilla were level within two minutes. A Palop punt bounced through to Navas and he crossed for Perotti to poke home.

Honda's winner came from a long-range free-kick which ricocheted into the top corner off Palop's fists and CSKA held firm against some desperate attacking in the final stages.

Irish Independent

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