Mourinho completes Chelsea revenge mission; CSKA progress
LONDON; Inter Milan manager Mourinho savoured a moment of sweet revenge for his sacking as Chelsea boss in September 2007 as Samuel Eto’o’s late goal at Stamford Bridge sent the Blues crashing out of Europe’s elite club competition at the last 16 stage while a costly goalkeeping blunder from Sevilla captain Andres Palop helped CSKA Moscow qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time with a 2-1 win on Tuesday
Inter won 1-0 — 3-1 on aggregate — over his former club while the Russians march on to uncharted waters at the expense of Sevilla having secured a 3-2 aggregate victory. Mourinho had promised not to celebrate if Inter won, but he leapt to his feet when Eto’o scored and then hurried down the tunnel at full-time to enjoy the moment with his players in dressing room.
With the last 16 tie level at 2-2 Palop allowed midfielder Keisuke Honda’s long-range free-kick to creep in on 55 minutes and Sevilla could not find the two goals they needed to advance.
Tomas Necid shot CSKA into a 39th minute lead
only for Argentine Diego
Perotti to equalise two
minutes later and level the tie 2-2 on aggregate. Palop then underestimated the ferocity of 23-year-old Honda’s freekick which forced its way in and proved the decisive moment in the tie.
Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez sprang a surprise by fielding Brazilian Luis Fabiano as a lone striker with three speedy wingers behind in Perotti, Diego Capel and Jesus Navas. The club’s 15 million euro club record signing Negredo was left on the substitutes bench along with Frederic Kanoute.
With just under three minutes gone Sevilla had a golden chance to go in front when Navas broke down the right and fed Fabiano but the Brazilian’s shot was straight at goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
A tame shot from Milos Krasic was all CSKA mustered until the 25th minute when Palop fumbled a Honda shot and the midfielder tried again despite being on the ground but his shot went wide. The Russians drew first blood on 39 minutes when Necid let the ball run cleverly before curling his precise shot into the corner to put his side 2-1 up on aggregate.
However, the lead lasted barely two minutes as a long goal-kick from Palop was poorly defended and Navas fed Perotti to prod home to level the match and the tie. The hosts were on the front foot but an unexpected goalkeeping mistake from the Palop gave CSKA another away goal and meant Sevilla had to score twice in the remaining 35 minutes.
The Russians held on to become the first side to beat Sevilla at home in this season’s Champions League and reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Sevilla’s exit follows that of Real Madrid.