Super Eagles winger, Ahmed Musa, scored for his Russian club in their Group E UEFA Champions League clash at the Stadio Olympico on Wednesday night.
However, the goal by Musa turned inconsequential as his team, CSKA Moscow, were hammered 5-1 by Italian giants, AS Roma, who are only returning to the Champions League after over three years absence.
Roma got the best possible start as Coach Rudi Garcia’s men were two goals up inside the first 10 minutes. Gervinho first provided an assist for Juan Manuel Iturbe to net in the 6th minute before Iturbe returned the favour and Gervinho doubled Roma’s lead in the 10th minute.
CSKA, while hoping they could claw back the two –goal deficit suffered, saw themselves slipping further backwards as Maicon made it 3-0 after 20 minutes.
The ex-Inter and Manchester City right-back’s shot squirmed under the body of CSKA’s goalkeeper.
Celebrating his new contract with the capital based club, Gervinho added his second of the evening on 31 minutes when he cut inside from Francesco Totti’s pass and struck a low effort into the corner.
The first half ended 4-0 and CSKA Moscow returned more determined not to be further disgraced in the second half.
Things turned out even in the second 45 minutes with Roma adding just one goal to their tally and Musa registering his name on the scorers’ sheet in the 82nd minute.
In another game, Nigeria’s Chinedu Obasi was offered a cameo role as his German team, Schalke 04, held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw. Obasi was brought in with four minutes left on the clock. On the other hand, John Obi Mikel was not used by the Blues who will be disappointed with their home draw.
In Germany, Bayern Munich had to rely on a late strike by Jerome Boateng to secure a lone goal win over Man City. Barcelona also recorded same score line against lowly rated Apoel.
Ajax and PSG played 1-1 in Amsterdam while Porto pummelled Bate Borisov 6-0.