CSKA Moscow stun Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow handed Real Madrid their worst-ever European home loss and got nothing in reward.
CSKA beat Madrid 3-0 yesterday for their second straight win over the defending Champions League holders, but still finished in last place in Group G and missed out on a Europa League spot.
The Russian team finished behind Viktoria Plzen, who defeated Roma 2-1. CSKA needed to better Plzen's result in the Czech Republic to finish third, with both teams already out of contention for the Champions League knockout stage.
CSKA finished with the same seven points as Plzen but lost on the head-to-head tiebreaker. Madrid ended with 12 points, three more than Roma. CSKA's 1-0 home win over Real Madrid in October was the team's only other group victory. The Spanish club was still coached by Julen Lopetegui at the time.
Real Madrid rested most of its regular starters after already clinching the group win, but it still made for a memorable victory for the visitors at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with goals from Fedor Chalov and Georgi Schennikov late in the first half, before Arnor Sigurdsson added another in the second.
The last time Real Madrid had lost a home game in the group stage of the Champions League was in 2009 against AC Milan.
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