Euro Watch: CSKA lose Honda to Milan
- 29 October 2013 14:12
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Although it won’t affect their upcoming meeting with City, CSKA Moscow’s influential Japanese midfielder has completed his long-rumoured move to Milan.
Milan coach Massimilano Allegri has confirmed that the Serie A giants have agreed to bring in the CSKA playmaker on a free transfer, along with Valencia’s Adil Rami in January.
Of course it was Honda who would have stolen a point for the Russian champions on the last Group D matchday, if not for a wonderful save by Joe Hart in added time.
On the pitch, CSKA ended their five-match run without a league win with a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of Krasnodar on Sunday.
"Leonid Slutsky’s men raced into a 4-0 lead in the first half, courtesy of a Zoran Tosic hat-trick and a strike from Ivorian striker, Seydou Doumbia."
...Euro Watch: CSKA v Krasnodar...
The visitors hit back through Mamaev five minutes into the second half but Sergei Ignashevich restored Moscow’s four-goal winning margin with three minutes left to play.
That win moved CSKA back above Krasnodar on goal difference into fourth place in the Russian Premier League but they still lie 11 points behind Zenit after 14 games.
Elsewhere, Viktoria Plzen lost 1-0 to Edin Dzeko’s former side, Teplice.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Czech champions after their 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague and 5-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
They are still in the title race, despite this latest league defeat but cannot afford too many more slip-ups. After 12 games they are trailing Sparta Prague by seven points at the league summit.
Finally, Bayern Munich failed to produce their best form last weekend but they were still too good for newly-promoted high-flyers Hertha Berlin.
It was a game that Pep Guardiola explicitly warned against complacency – understandable given Hertha’s remarkable start to the season on their return to the Bundesliga.
"Ramos gave the team from the capital a surprise early lead at the Allianz Arena in the fourth minute but two goals either side of half-time by Mario Mandzukic meant that the scoreline began to take on a more familiar look."
...Euro Watch: FC Bayern v Hertha Berlin...
Mario Gotze gave the home side a two-goal lead in the 54th minute before Tunisian midfielder Anis Ben-Hatira set up a grandstand finale by reducing the deficit just before the hour.
However, the European champions held on and, if anything, could have added to their three goals in the remaining minutes.
“They’re one of the best teams we’ve played so far,” Guardiola declared after the entertaining 3-2 win.
We’ll have more on City’s Group D opponents next week as we build-up to City’s next UEFA Champions League assignment at home to CSKA.
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