Lisbon - CSKA Moscow forward Timur Zhamaletdinov made a
memorable Champions League debut on Tuesday by scoring the winner in a 2-1
comeback victory over Benfica in Group A.
The 20-year-old substitute was on hand to prod in a rebound
in the 73rd minute, four minutes into his first Champions League game.
The chance came after a ball over the top found CSKA
defender Viktor Vasin in the opposition box. Vasin turned and shot, showing off
skills more typical of a striker, and goalkeeper Bruno Varela could only parry
the ball to the feet of Zhamaletdinov.
CSKA had to rally from 1-0 down after Haris Seferovic gave
Benfica the lead in the 50th minute, beating CSKA defender Alexei Berezutsky to
a cross at the near post from Richairo Zivkovic.
The Russian team hit back in the 63rd when Vitinho blasted
the ball into the top-left corner from the penalty spot, after a hotly disputed
hand-ball call against Andre Almeida.
After Zhamaletdinov put the Russian team ahead, Benfica
pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but couldn't break down CSKA's defence.
The win is a boost to CSKA's hopes of ending a four-season
run of finishing last in its Champions League group.