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CSKA Drops Ball After Bright Opening

APInter's Walter Samuel, No. 25, scoring with an 80th-minute header to seal his side's 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow at Lokomotiv stadium on Tuesday.
Walter Samuel scored a late goal to lead Inter Milan to a 2-1 away win over CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The winner came in the 80th minute, when CSKA goalie Veniamin Mandrykin failed to hold Samuel's close range header.

"The ill fate follows us in the Champions League. ... We have conceded such an easy goal, but we lost to a stronger team today," CSKA coach Valery Gazzayev said, in acknowledgement of the many second-half chances Inter created but did not convert.

Inter now has six points after three games in Group G, while CSKA has one and will travel to Inter on Nov. 7.

CSKA controlled the game in the first half at Lokomotiv stadium, while the visitors looked for their chances on the flanks. Figo, who followed Raul Gonzalez, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Paolo Maldini and Oliver Kahn as the sixth player to make 100 Champions League appearances, made several dangerous crosses into the box early in the game but his teammates were unable to capitalize. Inter was forced to reshuffle its midfield after just 16 minutes when France international Patrick Viera made way for Dejan Stankovic after not fully recovering from a hamstring strain.

Brazilian striker Jo put CSKA ahead in the 32nd minute. He connected with Daniel Corvalho's pass, benefited from a lucky bounce to move past Ivan Cordoba and lofted the ball over Inter goalie Julio Casar. The hosts had two more clear chances to extend their lead before Gazzayev was forced to substitute two key players before halftime.

Brazilian playmaker Dudu injured his right Achilles and was replaced by Eduardo in the 42nd. Two minutes later, Figo collided with defender Alexey Berezutsky, cutting his right leg with his spike. CSKA was also without injured striker Vagner Love.

Inter took control in the second half, and Hernan Crespo equalized in the 52nd minute following.

Retreating from an offside position, Crespo was fortuitously played onside by CSKA midfielder Milos Krasis' headed deflection of Esteban Cambiasso's header. Crespo calmly slotted the ball past Mandrykin from a one-on-one position.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Cruz, who came in for Crespo in the 62nd, both came close before Mandrykin's blunder handed Inter the win. Samuel's header off a Luis Figo free kick bounced awkwardly in front of the goalie, who should nonetheless have been able to keep it out.