Frédéric Barilaro went with the following line-up for this game: Badiashile, N'Gakoutou-Yapende, Mbae, Ouedraogo, Thiam, Muyumba, Diallo, Sylla, Mallet, Cardona, with Henin, Mihoubi, Alioui, Bakatin, Delpierre, Ntambani and Enjolras on the bench.
EVEN FIRST HALF
After a good start by the home side, the Red & Whites gradually regained control of proceedings. They first threatened from set pieces, in particular a free kick from Cardona that Diallo got his head to (8 mins) and a corner and shot by Sylla, who was flagged offside (12 mins).
But it was CSKA Moscow who seized the initiative in the 23rd minute, when Oleynikov’s cross rebounded off the post and Zhamaletdinov pounced on the rebound. The Muscovites then began to pump long balls towards their number 9, Chalov, while the Red & Whites controlled the play. The Monegasques found an equaliser when Sylla set up Muyumba to power home a crisp strike from the edge of the box (30 mins). The Academy starlets then spurned two good chances to take the lead themselves, as first Sylla saw his shot on the turn blocked (32 mins), before Cardona ran onto a good through ball from Diallo but directed his effort just off target (35 mins).
Before half-time, Mbae got back brilliantly to deny CSKA a second. The sides went in at half time level at 1-1, with the scoreline a fair reflection of the play.
CSKA DOMINATE THE SECOND HALF
Despite some intense pressing from a dominant CSKA at the start of the second period, the Red & Whites threatened with an attack led by Cardona, who overlapped Sylla down the left but saw his cross turned behind for a corner (49 mins). CSKA then created a string of opportunities in front of Badiashile’s goal, exploiting the flanks. The visitors’ defence cleared cross after cross, before an immense save from Badiashile prevented the Muscovites from retaking the lead.
But CSKA did manage to grab a second goal with a side-footed finish to a far post cross (57 mins). AS Monaco looked to hit back through Cardona’s curling shot (60 mins) and a clever volley from Alioui (67 mins) but in vain. Despite Frédéric Barilaro switching to a 3-4-3 formation, the Russians were in the ascendancy and went further ahead with two more goals in the 79th and 89th minutes.
After an evenly fought first half, the Red & Whites were collectively dominated by CKSA who claimed a deserved win.