The week two of the UEFA Champions league continued on Tuesday night with couple of very interesting matchups.
One of the games that caught our attention was the matchup between the Russian giant CSKA Moscow which hosted Tottenham Hotspurs. Both teams needed a good result in this match after their poor performances in the first round. CSKA somehow saved a point in their first round 2:2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, while Tottenham fell short at home, losing to Monaco 1:2.
It was supposed to a night of celebration for the home team who played it first official Champions league match at the brand new CSKA ARENA. The home fans got off their feet in the 6th minute as they were expecting the referee Antonio Lahoz to point towards the penalty spot. After a Zoran Tosic directed a shot towards the goal, the ball struck Jan Vertonghens hand in the penalty area, but the referee just waived his hand indicating that there was no intent and the game continued.
On the other side, Tottenham, who suffered a tough defeat at home to Monaco (1:2) in the first round, had more possession of the ball, but manage to create only one scoring opportunity in the first 35 minutes. After a nice run by Christian Eriksen, the ball rebounds to Delle Ali, who fires a thunderous strike from the edge of the box, but the ball hits the post and the result remained 0:0.
Although Tottenham was a much better team in the first half, the second half started off with couple of exciting scoring opportunities for the Russians. Zoran Tosic suddenly broke free in the box after a lovely pass by Lacina Traore, but the Serbian was once again inaccurate striking the ball outside the goal box.
Heung-Min Son finally got a piece of action after he found some room outside the box and unleashed an instinctive shot towards the goal, but the ball finished narrowly outside the left post. The same player, who almost saw the Tottenhams exit doors this summer, scored the winning goals in the 71st minute after a pass by Eric Lamela who displayed a nice vision. The Hotspurs created couple more scoring opportunities, but the end result stayed 0:1 in their favor.
Although CSKA had a huge support of their fans that came out for a special evening to enjoy the game at the brand new CSKA Arena, the home advantage was not good enough for the home team. There is simply not enough quality in this team to make it past the group stage.
The away team was a much better team tonight, almost in all segments of the game, controlling the possession of the ball, creating much better scoring opportunities despite the fact that they came to Moscow without 5 players from their starting lineup.
With this win, Tottenham now has 3 points and is only 1 point short of Monaco, which is ranked, 1st in group E with 4 points. Bayer Leverkusen holds the 3rd spot with 2 points and CSKA Moscow is ranked 4th with only 1 point.