CSKA Moscow back in business

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November 01, 2017
Basel's Luca Zuffi, second right, scores during their Champions League Group A match against Switzerland's FC Basel 1893 at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday.

BASEL, Switzerland (AP):

CSKA Moscow clawed back into Champions League contention yesterday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Basel.

Basel seemed set to advance from Group A alongside Manchester United with two games to spare when they led at half-time through Luca Zuffi's clever 32nd-minute shot.

The game changed when CSKA's fit-again playmaker Alan Dzagoev came on for the second half and sparked the visitors' attack.

Dzagoev lifted a deft shot over Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik in the 65th, and midfielder Pontus Wernbloom fired in a low shot in the 79th from outside the penalty area.

Both CSKA scorers were teed up by inadvertent ricochets off Basel captain Marek Suchy, a former Spartak Moscow defender.

After Basel won in Moscow two weeks ago, the two teams both have six points. Group leaders Man United have a perfect 12 points after beating Benfica 2-0 but are still not assured of advancing.

Basel host the English team in three weeks' time.

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