CSKA through after loss
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
CSKA Moscow moved into the last four of the Uefa Cup despite losing 2-0 at Auxerre.CSKA Moscow moved into the last four of the Uefa Cup despite losing 2-0 at Auxerre in their quarter final second leg.
The Russian outfit boasted a commanding 4-0 lead from last week's first leg, and despite being under sustained pressure, they rarely looked like surrendering their healthy advantage.
Auxerre boosted their slim prospects of overturning the deficit by scoring after just nine minutes when Yann Lachuer hooked the ball home after Bonaventure Kalou had nodded back a corner.
Such was CSKA coach Valery Gazzayev's displeasure with his team's performance that he made a double substitution after just 23 minutes.
The visitors threatened sporadically with Milos Krasic shooting wide before Gazzayev made a third change at the interval.
Benjani Mwaruwari chipped over and then headed wide as Auxerre pressed for more goals, while Lionel Mathis placed an attempt onto the roof of the net.
Auxerre did claim a second goal on 79 minutes after Luigi Pieroni was brought down in the box by Yuri Zhirkov, with the resultant penalty tucked away by Kalou.
Guy Roux's side bombarded the CSKA box in the closing minutes but they could not find further goals to deny the Russian club a semi-final meeting with Parma.