“We’ll always have Europe,” the perico fan seemed to whisper to Rick Blaine every time, on Thursday nights, he would leave LaLiga’s bitters for a couple of hours to focus on a continental competition that was an oasis. But on the roller coaster (sorry) that is this season, neither the Europa League nor has a parakeet ensemble that, in an abominable evening before a previously eliminated Moscow CSKA, he broke his absolute record of 26 continental matches without losing. Bad taste.
That Espanyol had earned the right to reserve in Europe was publicly recognized by Machín and David Lopez in the previous run- And it was not Russian, but it was revolution after all, the one that occurred before cSKA: he did not repeat a single player from the Bernabéu, and players were filmed coming out of injuries, such as Javi Lopez (left-left centre), Naldo, Ferreyra or Piatti. Singular the case of the winger, which was not a starter since the crusader broke, in February. Almost as much as Andrés Prieto, who had 572 without playing an official match.
The goalkeeper would take prominence at half an hour, when he saved a hand-to-hand against Chalov, sereno and imperturory as if leading a life as a starter. His ‘alter ego’ Pomazun, usually in the shadow of Akinfeev, had done the same in front of Piatti, after an exquisitely filtered assistance by Ferreyra.
But a bad choice of ‘Chucky’ in a kickback, already in the second half, precipitated the first whistles. And that Prieto, this time before Akhmetov, was still giving vine.
Again there was replica of Pomazun, forced by Wu Lei, before the resulting counterpunch Chalov ruled the 0-1 absolutely to empty door. The same thing did not happen to him soon after Vlasic, spectacular Croatian midfielder, who spoiled Prieto’s good performance by adjusting to his left suit to set the goal of CSKA’s triumph, which carried a larger beep and some white handkerchiefs in the presence of Chen Yansheng. Rick Blaine would curse Espanyol’s fate.
Goncharenko: “Victory is deserved”
CSKA Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko said on Thursday after a win against Espanyol at RCDE Stadium “The triumph is deserved” and noted that “lucky” was on the side of the team.
The coach was pleased over the course of the match. “It’s been an entertaining match, “ Mused. The blue-white hobby, however, bid off the team with hissafter after the defeat.
CSKA Moscow is eliminated from the competition, but the coach wanted to make a positive reading: “We leave knowing that these experiences are to continue to strengthen the team”. -EFE
Wu Lei (45′, Campuzano), Barn (71′, Piatti), Arnor Sigurdsson (77′, Konstantin Kuchaev), Schennikov (80′, Akhmetov Ilzat Toglokovich), Jonathan Calleri (85′, Naldo), Jaka Bijol (86′, Nikola Vlasic)
0-1, 83′: Nikola Vlasic
Referee: Kevin Blom
Ivan Oblyakov (70′,Yellow) Magnusson (71′,Yellow) Vadim Karpov (75′,Yellow) Igor Diveev (76′,Yellow