2012 UEFA Champions League Match facts: CSKA Moskva v Real Madrid

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Feb 21st, 2012


UEFA milestones
• CSKA have won 49 games in UEFA club competition.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Pavel Mamaev and Kirill Nababkin serve one-match suspensions in the first leg.

Latest domestic information
• The Russian winter break started at the end of November and finishes on 3 March when second-placed CSKA face Premier-Liga leaders FC Zenit St Petersburg.

• The Premier-Liga has split in two for the second stage of this 18-month transitional championship, with the top eight playing each other twice – a process that began on 18 November. While past Russian seasons followed the calendar year, from 2012/13 the competition will run from summer to summer.

• CSKA returned to work on 10 January. They had training camps in Murcia (11-24 January) and Marbella (27 January to 10 February) in Spain – finishing fifth at the eight-team invitational Marbella Cup after losing to Chinese champions Guangzhou FC – and in Kadriye, Turkey (13-18 February).

• Friendly results:
23/01: CSKA 1-1 RFEF free agents, ESP (Vasin 80; Jonathan 11)
24/01: CSKA 0-2 Real Murcia CF, ESP (Vasin og 21, García 81)
30/01: CSKA 1-0 Videoton FC, HUN (Musa 15)
03/02: CSKA 0-1 Guangzhou FC, CHN (Qin 87)
06/02: CSKA 1-0 PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara, RUS (Dzagoev 40)
09/02: CSKA 2-0 FC Timişoara, ROU (Dzagoev 16 49)
16/02: CSKA 2-2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk, UKR (Tošić 39, Musa 56; Teixeira 32, Dentinho 72)

• Seydou Doumbia has registered 12 goals in the Army Men’s last ten competitive games (missing one through suspension); his team-mates mustered seven between them in that time.

• CSKA went into the winter break on the back of only their sixth win in 21 outings, against FC Internazionale Milano.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Pontus Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Ahmed Musa (VVV-Venlo), Kim In-Sung (Gangneung City FC)
Out: Vágner Love (CR Flamengo)

Injury news
• Tomáš Necid (torn knee ligaments, out since 10 June) and Zoran Tošić (knee, 3 November) have returned to fitness.

• Viktor Vasin, yet to make his competitive debut after suffering a cruciate ligament injury following his arrival at CSKA at the start of 2011, was an unused substitute in each of the last eight games before the winter break.

• Igor Akinfeev (torn knee ligaments, out since 28 August), Keisuke Honda (knee, 18 November) and Mark González (hip, 30 April) all remain sidelined. Aleksandrs Cauņa underwent surgery on 19 January after breaking his toe.

• CSKA are expecting around 72,000 spectators for the visit of Madrid, which would be the club’s record attendance at the Stadion Luzhniki. The previous highest crowd was 65,000 for the game against FC Spartak Moskva on 2 September 2007.

• Doumbia made group stage appearances against Sudan and Angola as Ivory Coast finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

• Chidi Odiah’s contract was terminated by mutual consent on 16 February.

Real Madrid

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Madrid have conceded twice; the best defensive record in the competition. They have had 56 shots on goal and been caught offside 27 times, both more than any other side in the last 16 ahead of the first legs.

Latest domestic information
• Saturday 18 February: Real Madrid CF 4-0 Real Racing Club (Ronaldo 6, Benzema 45+1 89, Di María 73)
Casillas; Ramos, Pepe (Carvalho 76), Varane, Marcelo; Özil (Di María 63), Granero (Khedira 71), Alonso, Kaká, Ronaldo; Benzema

• Ángel Di María scored on his first appearance of 2012 as José Mourinho’s side, shorn of the suspended Álvaro Arbeloa, claimed an eighth successive Liga win. Racing had Domingo Cisma sent off on 39 minutes.

• Madrid have won 27 of their last 30 games in all competitions, finding the net in every match during that run.

• Karim Benzema has scored eight goals in 2012 to take his tally to 58 in all competitions since joining Madrid. That is seven more than the club’s next highest French-born goalscorer, Zinédine Zidane.

• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 41 times in 40 games for club and country this season. He has also converted 23 successive spot kicks for the club since failing against UD Almería on 5 December 2009.

• Ronaldo struck his 13th Liga hat-trick for Madrid, and sixth of the campaign, in a 4-2 home win against Levante UD on 12 February. It took him past Ferenc Puskás’s tally of 12 for the club, but he has some distance to go to catch Alfredo Di Stéfano, who registered a record 22 league trebles for the Merengues.

• Madrid scored 67 goals in the first half of their Liga campaign, eclipsing the record set by FC Barcelona (61) last term. Ronaldo contributed 23, taking him past César Rodríguez’s Liga record of 22 for Barcelona in 1950/51.

• Iker Casillas has moved to fourth in the list of all-time appearances for Madrid, overtaking Fernando Hierro (601 games) in the 3-1 win against Real Zaragoza on 28 January. Only Raúl González (741), Manuel Sanchís (711) and Santillana (645) now lie ahead of the goalkeeper.

• Madrid’s club-record equalling run of 15 successive wins ended with a 3-1 home defeat by Barcelona on 10 December. They responded with a run of seven victories before another home loss to the Catalan giants (2-1) in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg; a 2-2 second-leg draw ended their cup defence.

• The 2-2 draw also halted Madrid’s club record 11-match winning run away from home, though Mourinho’s side remain undefeated on their travels for 14 games.

Injury news
• Di María (torn thigh, out since 30 December) and Marcelo (hamstring, 28 January) returned to action on Saturday, although the former has been ruled out of the CSKA trip with muscular bruising picked up against Racing.

• Lassana Diarra was a late withdrawal against Racing because of a back problem.

• Hamit Altıntop has been sidelined with a torn calf since 8 February.

• Ricardo Carvalho made his first appearance since 27 September on 18 January after recovering from strained knee ligaments. Sami Khedira returned to action after a month out with an ankle injury on 12 February.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: None
Out: None

• On 5 January, Casillas attended the inauguration of a new avenue bearing his name, the ‘Avenida Iker Casillas’, in his native Mostoles in the Madrid suburbs.

• Casillas, Marcelo and Ronaldo were all named in the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year for 2011.

• Ronaldo finished second to Lionel Messi in the voting for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or.

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