Sevilla battle out valuable draw in freezing Moscow
Sevilla did well to earn a 1-1 draw away to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, in a lively Champions League round of 16 first leg clash, dpa reported.
Alvaro Negredo gave Sevilla an early lead in the freezing Luzhniki, but Mark Gonzalez levelled for CSKA with an astonishing shot.
Gonzalez said that "it was great to score, but this is not really a good result for us."
CSKA will now have to win in Sevilla's Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on March 16, which will certainly not be easy.
"It was a difficult game for us," said veteran Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop.
"We are not used to this kind of surface (an artificial pitch) and to this kind of weather. But we did well enough, in the circumstances."
Neither Sevilla nor CSKA have made it into the last eight of the Champions League before.
Sevilla's goal came in the 25th minute, when slippery Spain winger Jesus Navas broke free down the right and centred perfectly for Negredo to poke the ball home with his left foot.
Japanese striker Keisuke Honda came close to equalizing for CSKA three times, even though Sevilla dominated possession.
In the 66th minute, Gonzalez picked up the ball in a harmless position but then surprisingly let fly with a 35-metre left-foot screamer that gave a stunned Palop no chance at all.
Palop, however, earned his corn five minutes from time with a sharp low save from Czech youngster Tomas Necid, as CSKA looked for the winner.