CSKA Moscow 2-1 Besiktas: Dzagoev And Krasic Win It For The Russians
CSKA take the points at home and move atop Group B, for the time being.
Russian outfit CSKA Moscow made an important step in their Champions League campaign with today’s 2-1 victory over Besiktas.
It took less than seven minutes for the home side to earn an early lead. Highly rated playmaker Alan Dzagoev received the ball well outside the penalty area, and was not closed down. With all the room in the world, the Russian starlet struck a gorgeous long-range shot that put his side ahead.
Throughout the first half, CSKA continued to be the more aggressive side, even though the visitors managed to win the majority of possession. Shots from Mark Gonzalez and Milos Krasic peppered the Besiktas goal, but were saved by Turkish international Rustu Recber. On the other end, Besiktas’ attack was thwarted by a well-organised CSKA defence.
After the half-time break, CSKA played more defensively, and the Turks continued to hold the ball well. In the 61st minute, CSKA earned a surprise second goal through Milos Krasic, who fired in from an acute angle.
Krasic’s goal forced Besiktas to chase the game, and allowed CSKA to defend on their heels, absorbing pressure as it came. For the last 20 minutes or so, the visitors attacked better than before, but it was too little, too late. Ekrem Dag’s goal at the death put Besiktas back into the game, but only for a few seconds, until the final whistle blew.
The result leaves CSKA temporarily in second place in Group B, while Besiktas move to fourth with their second defeat in as many games.