Real Madrid 0-3 CSKA Moscow: Report, Ratings & Reaction as CSKA Inflict Shock Defeat on Los Blancos

Real Madrid fell to a shock defeat in the Champions League, as CSKA Moscow beat them 3-0 on Wednesday evening.

Real were dominant at the Bernabeu, but after being second-best all game CSKA took a suprprising lead. Fedor Chalov scored past Thibaut Courtois with a fine finish to break the deadlock after 37 minutes.

The Russians then doubled their lead six minutes later, as the ball fell kindly to Georgi Schennikov from Courtois’ save.

CSKA scored their third goal to secure the win in the 73rd minute, as Arnor Sigurdsson’s first shot found the bottom corner wonderfully.

Here’s 90min’s review of Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Key Talking Point


?Real Madrid were dominant in the first half-hour and were all over CSKA. However they lost concentration and became sloppy and lacklustre in an embarrassing performance.

The defending from the inexperienced back four was very poor, though that could have been expected from a back line with an average age of just 24.

Despite the defeat Real Madrid were already through to the last 16, as they qualify for the knockout stages in first place ahead of Roma.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Courtois (5); ?Marcelo (6), Javi Sanchez (5), Vallejo (6), Odriozola (6); Valverde (6), Llorente (6), Isco (5); Vinicius Junior (7), Benzema (5), Asensio (6).

Substitutes: ?Bale (6), Kroos (6), Carvajal (6).

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STAR MAN – Although Real Madrid showed little class on the night, Vinicius Junior played well at left wing. The 18-year-old was positive going forward and was frankly Real’s only player who turned up on Wednesday, as they fell to a disappointing defeat.

WORST PLAYER – Although there were many poor performers to choose from, it was ?Isco in particular who didn’t play well. He was underwhelming all day long and contributed nothing to Real. He also had a huge chance to pull one back at 2-0 down, but completely wasted it in a shocking performance.


Key Talking Point

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At first CSKA seemed happy to absorb the host’s pressure, but they suddenly came into action before half-time to snatch two goals. The Russians started the game on the back foot, but took complete control of the game after their first goal to secure a famous victory.

In the end it was a deserved win for the visitors, who were impressive as they secured back to back wins over Real Madrid, the first team to do so since ?Juventus in 2008.

Despite a famous victory, CSKA bow out of European football after Viktoria Plzen’s shock 2-1 win over Roma. The results in Group G mean that CSKA finish bottom of the group, despite their valiant display in Madrid.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Akinfeev (7); Schennikov (7), Nababkin (6), Magnusson (6), Rodrigo Becao (6), Mario Fernandes (7); Vlasic (6), Bistrovic (6), Oblyakov (6); Sigurdsson (8), Chalov (8).

Substitutes: Hernandez (N/A), Nishimura (N/A).

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STAR MAN – There were many standout players, but Fedor Chalov was outstanding. He scored the first goal to give CSKA the lead, and he continued to lead the attack as the Russians secured all three points in an excellent performance.

WORST PLAYER – It is hard to pick a poor performer, but at times Rodrigo Becao looked uncomfortable. He didn’t have a woeful game, but occasionally he made CSKA’s defence look shaky.

Looking Ahead

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?Real Madrid return to ?La Liga action on Saturday afternoon, when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to the Santiago Bernabeu. They then jet off to the United Arab Emirates, as they play in the semi-final of the Club World Cup on 19 December.?


Tottenham Reportedly Make Approach to Sign Real Madrid Star Marco Asensio in January

?Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made an approach to sign Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio as the north London club look to add more depth to their squad.

The Spaniard has appeared 22 times in all competitions for Los Blancos this season, scoring four goals and adding four assists to his side. The youngster is highly rated and looks to have all the assets to be a future superstar.

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According to Marca (via Sport Witness), Tottenham have made an approach for the youngster as manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a big fan of the play-maker. 

Spurs made the controversial decision not to sign any players in the summer transfer window, and faced a lot of criticism for doing so. The club has suffered multiple injuries already this season, and their lack of recruitment has been exposed.

It appears Pochettino seems keen to avoid this situation again, hence the potential move for Asensio, though it’s understood a major roadblock to the move happening would be the player himself.

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Marca have reported that Asensio isn’t keen on a move to north London as the Spaniard would prefer to succeed at Real Madrid as opposed to leaving the club in the January transfer window.

While a deal for Asensio in the new year would be difficult, Spurs do appear to be making moves to ensure that their squad is deep enough to challenge on multiple fronts. After their successful qualification to the Champions League knockout stages, they’ll need as much depth as they can get.


Karim Benzema Lauded as ‘Best Number 9 in the World’ by Real Madrid Teammate Alvaro Odriozola

?Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola has spoken glowingly about his teammate Karim Benzema, claiming that the Frenchman is the best player in the world in his position.

Benzema has taken a lot of flak in recent seasons for his lack of goals, with last season’s tally of twelve in all competitions being his lowest since the 2009/10 campaign – his first in La Liga.

The 30-year-old is already into double figures this season, with five of those coming in the league, and Odriozola – a summer signing from Real Sociedad – claims that he has grown to adore Benzema since arriving at the club.

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“Before I came here, I already liked him, but now I’m in love with Karim,” the Spanish right back said, quoted by ?Goal. “It’s incredible to train with him. He’s the best number nine in the world.

“It’s true that there is criticism, but he has taken on a leadership role in the team.”

Benzema’s first goal against Viktoria Plzen last month was his 200th in ?Real Madrid colours, making him just the seventh player to reach that milestone for Los Blancos.

He has scored three goals and provided two assists in Real’s Champions League group stage campaign, with Santiago Solari’s side guaranteed to top Group G ahead of matchday six.

Odriozola has started seven games since Solari came in as manager, having only started three matches when Julen Lopetegui was in charge. However, he insists he bears the former manager no ill will.

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“I have a lot more things to thank Julen for than to reproach him for,” said Odriozola. “The answer was to work more. Now, I have more games, I feel the confidence of Santiago and now I have to return it on the pitch.”

Real Madrid host CSKA Moscow – the only team to beat them in the Champions League this season – on Wednesday evening.


Bayern Midfielder James Rodriguez ‘Will Return’ to Real Madrid to Rejuvenate Faltering Career

?James Rodriguez is said to be vying for a return to Real Madrid to rejuvenate his faltering career in the Spanish capital.

The Colombian joined Bayern Munich at the start of the 2017/18 season on a two year loan deal which cost an estimated £12m. That loan deal also included an option for Bayern to make the move permanent for a further £37m.

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After a difficult start to the 2018/19 campaign, reports have suggested that ??Rodriguez could be looking for a? way out of Bayern and now more fuel has been added to the fire.

Speaking on the television programme ‘El Chiringuito’, as per ?Sport, Colombian journalist Gatti has claimed that he has spoken to ?Rodriguez personally about his current situation.

Gatti claimed that Rodriguez’s desire is to move back to his parent club and the journalist insisted that Rodriguez explicitly told him: “I’m going to return to ?Real Madrid.”

Although Gatti refused to speculate on exactly when Rodriguez would return to Real Madrid, it is more than likely he would remain with ?Bayern until the end of the season.

Rodriguez himself has previously suggested that he would be happy to stay with Bayern, but only if he is granted enough minutes on the pitch.

“If I have to go because I am not playing then I will go. You know that I want to stay because I feel the love of the fans and all the Bayern family,” Rodriguez said, as quoted by ?Marca.

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So far this season, Rodriguez has made just 11 appearances in all competitions and is currently watching from the sidelines after picking up a knee ligament injury.


Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face CSKA Moscow in the UCL on Wednesday

Real Madrid will look to seal top spot in Group G when they welcome CSKA Moscow to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos sit on 12 points and require a draw against the Russian side to go through as winners ahead of Roma, who travel to Viktoria Plzen.

Expected to make changes from their 1-0 win at Huesca on the weekend, Santiago Solari could give starts to duo Isco and Marco Asensio.

Here’s Madrid’s potential lineup.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Keylor Navas (GK) – Belgium international Thibaut Courtois has started only two Champions League games this term and Navas is expected to be drafted in against CSKA.

Alvaro Odriozola (RB) – The 22-year-old’s versatility could be key should Solari switch to the 4-3-3 system. Dani Carvajal is expected to be rested.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Captain and leader, Ramos will be expected to lead the defensive line with Los Blancos needing a point to guarantee top position.

Raphael Varane (CB)  – France World Cup winner Varane could partner Ramos, whose European experience lead their side to European glory last season.

Sergio Reguilon (LB) – The 21-year-old has played twice in the Champions League this season and could feature ahead of Marcelo.

2. Midfielders

Toni Kroos (CM) – The former Bayern Munich midfielder’s eye for goal and defence splitting capabilities could be the difference.

Isco (CM) – Having registered a goal and an assist this campaign, Isco will be desperate to reclaim a regular starting place in the 11.

Marcos Llorente (CM) – Madrid youth product Llorente has enjoyed a handful of recent appearances for Los Blancos and could be given a second Champions League start.

3. Forwards

Gareth Bale (RW) – Taking on the responsibility of Madrid great Cristiano Ronaldo, the Welshman will look to continue his fine form in front of goal after netting against Huesca.

Karim Benzema (ST) – Just two goals away from equalling his Champions League tally for last term, the French striker, previously scrutinised for a lack of goals, will be keen to prove he’s Los Blancos’ main man.

Marco Asensio (LW) – Started four of their five group games, but the former Espanyol man is yet to contribute in either the goal and assist department.