Silva grabbed late equaliser for Monaco

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MOS­COW: CSKA Mos­cow were de­nied a first Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory this sea­son when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Group E lead­ers Monaco yes­ter­day.

Lacina Traore put the ‘Army Men’ in front against his par­ent club in the 34th minute but Bernardo Silva grabbed the equaliser late on.

CSKA were des­per­ately dis­ap­point­ing three weeks ago against Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur but the Rus­sians found top gear straight away against Monaco, caus­ing prob­lems with their pace and di­rect ap­proach.

The im­pres­sive Alexan­der Golovin orches­trated play from mid­field and the hosts took the lead after 34 min­utes fol­low­ing a good team move.

Zo­ran Tosic curled in a left-foot shot that Dani­jel Suba­sic could only parry and Traore tapped the re­bound into an empty net.

Igor Ak­in­feev then pro­duced a stun­ning re­ac­tion save from close range at the other end to deny An­drea Raggi a goal.

Monaco put CSKA un­der con­sid­er­able pres­sure early in the sec­ond half and cap­tain Valere Ger­main went close when his ef­fort was thwarted by a last-ditch chal­lenge from de­fender Vasili Berezut­ski.

Ak­in­feev made an­other top-class stop to deny Ben­jamin Mendy and the Rus­sian in­ter­na­tional looked des­tined to keep his first clean sheet in the group stages at the 40th at­tempt.

How­ever, Silva lev­elled for the vis­i­tors with three min­utes re­main­ing.

Monaco have five points from three games, one in front of Tot­ten­ham. Bayer Lev­erkusen are on three points while CSKA have two. — Reuters

MOS­COW: CSKA Mos­cow’s Ivo­rian for­ward Lacina Traore (L) and Monaco’s French mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko vie for the ball dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball match be­tween PFC CSKA Mos­cow and AS Monaco FC at the CSKA Arena in Mos­cow yes­ter­day. — AFP

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