Nigeria star Ahmed Musa on Wednesday night fired the goal which qualified CSKA Moscow to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the th...
Nigeria star Ahmed Musa on Wednesday night fired the goal which qualified CSKA Moscow to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the third season in a row.
CSKKA won 3-1 at home to reverse a 2-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal a week ago and advance on a 4-3 aggregate. And it was the Africans Musa and Seydou Doumbia from Cote d’Ivoire, who made it possible for the Russian army team. Doumbia, who also scored in the first leg in Portugal, grabbed a brace with Ahmed Musa providing the assist for the Ivorian's second goal of the night.
In stoppage time, Sporting were reduced to 10 men after Joao Mario crashed his leg against the chest of the speeding Ahmed Musa.
However, before all these heroics Sporting Lisbon had gone ahead against the run of play in the 36th minute through Teofilo Gutierrez. Doumbia then drew CSKA level in the 49th minute and completed his double in the 72nd minute when he finished off a low drive by Ahmed Musa.
The lively Nigeria international then popped up with the all-important goal with five minutes left on the clock.
Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (agg: 1-7)
A Wayne Rooney hat-trick followed by an Ander Herrera goal ensured that, despite Javier Hernández's penalty miss, Manchester United join Real Madrid and Barcelona in making a 20th group stage appearance. Coincidentally, Club Brugge now go into the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup for the 20th consecutive season, 11 more than the next longest run.
Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio (agg: 3-1)
Hakan Çalhanoğlu levelled the aggregate score late in the first half and Admir Mehmedi struck three minutes into the second before Lazio lost Maurício to a red card and Karim Ballarabi removed all doubt, meaning Leverkusen head for a tenth appearance in the group stage
CSKA Moskva 3-1 Sporting CP (agg: 4-3)
Teófilo Gutiérrez increased Sporting's aggregate advantage before the break but Seydou Doumbia scored twice and Ahmed Musa conjured a winner with five minutes to go. The visitors also had João Mário sent off late on.
Partizan 2-1 BATE Borisov (agg: 2-2, BATE win on away goals)
Ihar Stasevich pounced 25 minutes in for an away goal that proved crucial for BATE. With 16 minutes remaining Maksim Zhavnerchik put through his own net and deep in added time substitute Ivan Šaponjić gave Partizan brief hope. However, this is the fifth time BATE have gone from the second qualifying round to the group stage, twice more than anyone else.
APOEL 1-1 Astana (agg: 1-2)
Although a superb free-kick on the hour from Semir Štilić wiped out Astana's lead from the first leg, Nemanja Maksimović netted with six minutes left to book Kazakhstan's maiden UEFA Champions League group stage berth.