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Roma close in on last 16 with win over 10-man CSKA Moscow

Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini shoots the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group G match against CSKA Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
 MOSCOW, Nov 8: Roma inched closer to a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over 10-man CSKA Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium.

An early Kostas Manolas header and Lorenzo Pellegrini’s neat finish just before the hour mark gave Roma the win. Iceland midfielder Arnor Sigurdsson meanwhile was on target for CSKA. Manolas got Roma off to a flying start when he glanced Pellegrini’s fourth-minute corner past CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Wednesday. CSKA poured forward trying to pull level but the visitors’ defence stifled the home team and left them trying fruitless long-range shots.

The hosts had a rare chance to score in the 26th minute when Slovenian midfielder Jaka Bijol met Nikola Vlasic’s corner but could only direct his header straight at Roma keeper Robin Olsen. Five minutes later Roma replied with a powerful free-kick by Aleksandar Kolarov, which forced Akinfeev to push the ball to Edin Dzeko, whose attempt flashed over the crossbar. – AFP

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