Monaco rescues draw against CSKA with late Silva goal

Bernardo Silva’s late goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Monaco away to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.

CSKA had been heading for victory thanks to a first-half goal from Ivorian striker Lacina Traore — who is himself on loan from Monaco — but Silva leveled in the 87th with a curling shot.

That enraged CSKA goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev, who had produced some spectacular saves including a one-handed stop in the lead up to Silva’s goal. Akinfeev was unsuccessfully trying to stop his decade-long record of Champions League matches without a clean sheet from reaching 40 games.

Traore, sent on loan in the summer after a poor season in Ligue 1, had stabbed the ball into the net in the 34th minute after Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic parried Zoran Tosic’s shot.

Still missing star striker Radamel Falcao, who is out with concussion, Monaco only sporadically tested CSKA’s tiring defense in the second half on a cold night in the Russian capital but surged late on to claim a draw through Silva’s goal.

The draw leaves Monaco top of Group E on five points, while CSKA is last and in danger of finishing bottom of its Champions League group for the fourth season in a row.

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