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​CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Tottenham take maximum points in Moscow

Tottenham deservedly enjoyed a 1-0 success away to CSKA Moscow for their first ever win on their travels in the Champions League group stages.

The North London outfit had lost only one of their five previous encounters with Russian clubs in all competitions prior to this meeting and their assured performance ensured this good record continued with this Group E victory.

A first half saw Spurs enjoy the majority of possession but a failure in the final third meant the teams went in at the break scoreless.

CSKA started brightly in the first competitive game between the teams, but after a couple of early corners it was Spurs who dictated the match in an entertaining opening 45 minutes. Yet it was only in the last 15 minutes that clear cut chances were created by the visitors.

Dele Alli came closest when his 20 yard effort crashed against the cross bar and it was the same player who rose highest to a Christian Eriksen cross but saw his header land on the roof of the net.

Tottenham did have the ball in the Moscow net shortly after hitting the woodwork but Vincent Janssen's neat finish was correctly ruled out for offside.

A hectic start to the second half saw Son Heung-min first denied a shot on the CSKA goal by a last ditch tackle but then moments later he flashed a shot narrowly wide and again Janssen went close. The home side then showed some form as Zoran Tosic shaved a post.

Tottenham looked to have a strong claim for a penalty as Janssen appeared to have his heels clipped but Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, the Spanish referee, was unmoved.

But on 72 minutes the visitor's pressure finally paid off helped by a goalkeeping error from Moscow custodian Igor Akinfeev. Son Heung-min's shot is only partially saved and the ball slowly crosses the line.

Not that this strike should too much of a surprise as CSKA have now failed to keep clean sheets in their last nine Champions League games against English opposition and have now conceded in each of their last 23 Champions League matches.

The home side increased the pressure as they went looking for an equaliser and suddenly Tottenham began to look uncomfortable but they held out for the first three points of the Champions League campaign.

Full Time

CSKA Moscow: 0

Tottenham: 1 (Son Heung-Min 72)

Ian Ferris
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