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Love's Goal Too Little, Too Late in CSKA Loss

ReutersRoma's Francesco Totti celebrating scoring on Dinamo Wednesday in Rome.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- With CSKA Moscow trailing by two in the 89th minute of Wednesday's match at PSV Eindhoven, Vagner Love's goal wasn't enough to ease the pain.

After a scoreless first half in which several opportunities went by, Danko Lazovic put PSV ahead in the 59th minute and Kenneth Perez added another in the 80th, resulting in a 2-1 victory over CSKA in their Group G Champions League opener.

Dinamo Kiev also lost its opener Wednesday against Italian Serie A leader AS Roma in Group F.

At Eindhoven, Perez, who replaced injured playmaker Ibrahim Afellay in the 27th minute, was the key to PSV's win, setting up Lazovic's strike before sealing the deal himself.

"This is not a justified result. We played well and created enough chances but unfortunately we failed to convert them," CSKA coach Valery Gazzaev told reporters.

His team made an impressive start with its first chance coming after six minutes, when Jo broke through on the left flank but his inviting cross was just missed by Love.

PSV was toiling until Afellay left the pitch with a broken toe and was replaced by Perez. The Dane sparked a marked improvement in his team's performance.

The home side gained control and created its first chance within minutes, when Lazovic broke through after Vasily Berezutski failed to clear the ball and forced a save from goalie Venyamin Mandrykin.

Both sides spurned chances to open the scoring with close-range headers minutes before the break, with Danny Koevermans and Love both missing the target.

PSV forced CSKA onto the back foot in the second half and created a handful of chances that Koevermans and Lazovic failed to convert.

The breakthrough finally came just before the hour, with Perez recovering the ball inside the Russian defense and supplying Lazovic for the opening goal.

CSKA pushed forward in search of an equalizer and Love created a good chance for Yury Zhirkov, who missed from close range.

Exploiting space on the counter-attack, Perez settled the match when he beat Mandrykin with a fierce shot at the near post.

Love struck back for CSKA and the Premier League champion could even have snatched a draw three minutes into injury time, when Jo headed wide.

"Good result in a difficult match," said PSV coach Ronald Koeman, whose side topped the standings on goal difference.

"We created more chances then our opponent and therefore deserved the win, but with a bit of bad luck they could have equalized in the final minute."

CSKA's next Group G match will take place at home against Fenerbahche on Oct. 2.

In Rome, goals from Simone Perrotta and Francesco Totti helped Roma to a confident start with a 2-0 win over Dinamo Kiev.

Italy midfielder Perrotta sneaked in behind the Dinamo defense to head in a Max Tonetto cross and put the home side in front in the ninth minute.

Totti broke free from some tight marking 25 minutes into the second half to double the advantage with a diagonal right-footed shot.

Roma's 100th victory in European competition maintains its 100 percent record, after winning its first three Serie A games and beating Inter Milan in the Italian Super Cup last month.

"My players did well all match. They were convinced they could win and controlled the game almost all the time," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti told a news conference.

"They did what they know how to do and played at pace. It was a beautiful match".

The home side played with authority after taking the lead and had few problems fending off the visitors' rare excursions forward in the first half.

Dinamo goalie Olexandr Shovkovskiy saved powerful shots from Tonetto, while Brazilian defender Juan hit the post in the 28th minute.

Dinamo tried to fight back after the break but efforts by substitute Diogo Rincon and Ayila Yussuf were well off target.

Brazilian midfielder Mancini and Perrotta had good chances to extend Roma's lead.

Substitute Ludovic Giuly missed out when he blasted a shot at Shovkovskiy but Roma captain Totti put the result beyond doubt.

Doni saved superbly from Serhiy Rebrov to stop the visitors from pulling one back and Cassetti hit the Dinamo post with a thunderous long-distance shot in the closing stages.

The last time the two sides met at the Stadio Olimpico in the Champions League was in September 2004, when Dinamo was awarded a 3-0 win after the match was abandoned because Swedish referee Anders Frisk was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

Dinamo will host Sporting Lisbon on Oct. 2.