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2017/18 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage
  • Haris Seferovic (50')
  • Vitinho (63' PEN)
  • Timur Zhamaletdinov (71')

Timur Zhamaletdinov rallies CSKA Moscow to victory at Benfica

CSKA Moscow forward Timur Zhamaletdinov made a memorable Champions League debut on Tuesday by scoring the winner in a 2-1 comeback victory at Benfica in Group A.

The 20-year-old substitute was on hand to prod in a rebound in the 73rd minute, four minutes into his first Champions League game.

The chance came after a ball over the top found CSKA defender Viktor Vasin in the opposition box. Vasin turned and shot, showing off skills more typical of a striker, and goalkeeper Bruno Varela could only parry the ball to the feet of Zhamaletdinov.

CSKA had to rally from 1-0 down after Haris Seferovic gave Benfica the lead in the 50th minute, beating CSKA defender Alexei Berezutsky to a cross at the near post from Richairo Zivkovic.

The Russian team hit back in the 63rd when Vitinho blasted the ball into the top-left corner from the penalty spot, after a hotly disputed hand-ball call against Andre Almeida.

After Zhamaletdinov put the Russian team ahead, Benfica pushed forward in search of an equalier, but couldn't break down CSKA's defense.

The win is a boost to CSKA's hopes of ending a four-season run of finishing last in their Champions League group.

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