Real Madrid embarrassed by CSKA in worst European night at Bernabeu
CSKA Moscow floored Spanish giants Real Madrid 3-0 maxbet
at the Bernabeu with a dominant Champions League display. Real had already qualified for the last-16 as Pool G winners, but that should not mask a poor performance, even if it was by a much-changed team. But despite CSKA's victory, they could not secure third place in the group and Europa League qualification after Viktoria Plzen took that spot by beating Roma 2-1.
And that was rough justice on the Russian side, whose European season came to an end on a night of otherwise unbridled joy. maxbet
Goals by Fedor Chalov, Georgi Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson secured an emphatic CSKA success. It was Real's heaviest European home defeat and their first home reversal in the Champions League pool stage for nine years.
Real's back four repeatedly struggled, and that undermined an error-strewn performance as their margin of defeat accurately reflected CSKA's superiority. Real boss Santiago Solari made a number of changes, including handing starts to Isco and Marco Asensio, while a star-studded bench featured Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
And Real did not settle consistently during a first half that reached its conclusion with CSKA stunning their hosts by scoring two goals during a vibrant six-minute spell. maxbet
Chalov struck for the first in brilliant fashion, beating home goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a superb shot into the corner of the net.Chalov's goal highlighted hesitancy in the Real defence, but matters soon deteriorated for the Spanish giants.