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CSKA did not allow fans to remain indifferent to the Super Bowl

August 27 2005

On the eve of the Monaco CSKA lost to Liverpool in the match for the UEFA Super Cup with a score of 1:3. Conceded, although he was close to victory. Considering the game takes place before the passions, the army team leaves no room for failure - after all they went to see himself Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. But it is in Russia - Europe as favorites Liverpool. And I was not mistaken, even though the time everything was against them.

Hype caused around the match, in Monaco, you can understand. Never before had a Russian club has not competed in the final Super Bowl. From the Soviet is fortunate to only Dynamo Kyiv. In 1975, two goals in Ukraine's capital and one in Munich, Dynamo out of the way the winner of the Cup of Champions Bayern. And after winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1986 Kievites on neutral ground lost by other holders of the main club trophy in Europe - Romanian Steaua - 0:1. Had a chance to play in the final Super Bowl and the owner of the Cup Winners Cup in 1981 in Tbilisi "Dinamo", but his battle with the same "Liverpool did not take place.

Recent progress up to May this year, dating back to 1988 when the USSR national team played in the finals of European Championships and won the Olympics in Seoul. Then there were three Euro Cup semi-finals of "Spartacus" and one - "Lokomotiv", but when they are due to the superiority of rivals, and when, because of the gravest mistakes the judges did not lead to the participation of Russian clubs in the major European club matches. And suddenly, "CSKA" take yes and win the UEFA Cup on a foreign field - and where - in Lisbon, where for seven months before our national team won an unprecedented post-war humiliation.

A few days later army took Vladimir Putin himself. Following the victory of the CSKA team showed Latvians in St. Petersburg "a dead donkey ears" in the form of two heads and political slogans in the stands. And then he heard a word about the revival of domestic football, the army's contribution to the improvement of the image not only of Russian football, but the whole of Russia in Europe.

But come August, and had to descend from heaven to earth. Team Russia held a colorless match in Riga, and if not embarrassing team in Slovakia, Liechtenstein, would lose nearly all the chances to go to the World Cup in Germany.

Lokomotiv is not easily passed Macedonian "Rabotnicki" and wasted a lot of chances to score in two games with the Vienna "Rapid" and paid for it five minutes before the end of the match in Moscow. Russia for the first time since 1997, was left without Champions League. "Zenit" only because more balls in a foreign field coped well with the Austrian "Superfundom, representing the village Pasching. After such failures, "CSKA" in the eyes of Russian fans simply had to pick up the fallen banner of national football.

Of course, the very participation of the team from Russia in a match for the Super Bowl - a huge success on the background of almost total absence of light at the end of the tunnel. But win it? In army, in principle, was a shortage of strikers - Dmitry Kirichenko was sold to FC Moscow, and his replacement was never found. And then there's Ivica Olic in the game for the national team of Croatia received a severe injury and was out until the end of the season. There was only Vagner Love, but he healed injury. In the hospital turned out to be yet Yuri Zhirkov with Vasily Berezutsky. So that Valery G. Gazaeva felt before the match explicit staffing shortages.

But even if there were no such losses, the success of the army team was by no means assured. Yes, Liverpool has lost its character and captain Steven Gerrard, but nothing more. All the rest - in order, and the names of many of them are well known even in Russia itself - Sami Hyypia, John Arne Riyse, Dietmar Hamann, Fernando Morientes - very often key players in their teams. Do not forget that the success of CSKA Moscow in May, became possible after taking off from Liverpool won the Champions League.In the main tournament failure, and success here - just so happens, this indicates that the level of the Champions League and UEFA Cup at the moment are different as heaven and earth. Therefore, Liverpool, by definition, was the favorite, which showed the rate of bookmakers in Europe.

In Moscow, euphoria reigned. Travel companies have been literally inundated with orders for things to do in Monaco - so strong was the desire to support their favorite team. Do not lag behind the country's leaders, the most eloquent of which was, naturally, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. He said that the victory of 1:0 it is completely satisfied, and talked about sveem desire to personally see the triumph of Army Sports. The company has been very exotic Minister for Europe - in support of CSKA in the tiny principality were sent 250 troops, representing all kinds of troops.

Before the match stadium named "Louis II", apparently not managed to marry for love, filled with several thousand Russian fans and a little more English. The advantage of initially owned the Liverpool, and they had quite a few dangerous moments.

But in the 28 th minute a great solo passage made Serbian midfielder CSKA Milos Krasic, and the ball after it hit just missed with a goalpost Liverpool. A minute later Vagner Love makes the cut through ball to Daniel Carvalho, and the one circling the goalkeeper scores a goal. 1:0 - and the Russian sector of the field flying Fire. Smokescreen could not dissipate within three minutes. Outraged British are beginning to be rude, get yellow cards, and have already obtained and red, but Dutch referee Rene Temmink their regrets. English fans, usually without a moment's silence, sitting in a sepulchral silence. It seemed that victory is swimming toward us.

But over time it becomes clear that Yuri Zhirkov had not yet recovered from his injury, the same can be said about Wagner Lave. Liverpool slowly presses the army to the gates, but the immediate threats to the gate Igor Akinfeev bit. And on 79 minutes English Spanish coach Rafael Benitez to replace the released black French striker Djibril Cisse. And even at 82-1 minute episode occurred, to determine all further events. Cisse in the fight against the captain of CSKA Moscow, Sergei Ignashevich managed to catch hold of the ball, and when you try to knock the ball defender army "spotted" refers to the palm of a Frenchman, flies over jumped out of the gate Akinfeev and Cisse struck an empty net. Was the game a hand intentional - it is difficult to say, but it was touching the palm and the ball the referee counted.

In extra time on the field was in fact already a team. After the error Substitute Roland Gusev Berezutski brothers and Ignashevich failed to stop the breakthrough Cisse. From the first beat Akinfeev handled, but the second has already occurred to the empty gates .- 1:2. At 109 minutes the same Cisse, passing like a knife through butter army defense, gives a pass to the empty goal Luis Garcia - 1:3. And although after six minutes in Wagner Love was polumoment, squeeze out of him Brazilians do not do it. 1:3 - and the Super Bowl was going home under the incessant singing of football fans for Liverpool.

After the match army fans on both sides blamed on the television screen than the light of a judge who, in their opinion, stole the victory. Indeed, he could remove it once a player for Liverpool, and the issue with a controversial first goal. "I can not say about the ugly officiating. No claims to the players I have, "- said the post-match press conference, Valery Gazzayev. True, the caveat that the level of skill players should be above judicial errors.

With the latter can not but agree. Yes, the goal was controversial, but the defense was not supposed to fall apart because of the extra time. And yet, should say a huge "thank you" CSKA, which gave an opportunity for Russian fans not from watching the European cup finals.CSKA looked very well for 80 minutes, but the psychological stability of this time was not enough. And got the script, return match in Lisbon. CSKA managed to give battle to his opponent, while transcending it objectively and in the classroom and in the experience of such meetings, and his defeat looked much better than the fiasco of "Locomotive" in the match against Rapid or draw the Russian team in Riga.

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