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Roma close in on last 16 with win over 10-man CSKA Moscow

AFP  |  Moscow 

Roma inched closer to a place in the knockout stages of the thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over 10-man CSKA Moscow in the Stadium.

An early Kostas Manolas header and Lorenzo Pellegrini's neat finish just before the hour mark gave Roma a win that puts them three points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of Group G ahead of the European champions' clash with Viktoria Plzen later on Wednesday.

Iceland meanwhile was on target for CSKA. Manolas got Roma off to a flying start when he glanced Pellegrini's fourth-minute corner past CSKA on Wednesday.

CSKA poured forward trying to pull level but the visitors' defence stifled the home team and left them trying fruitless long-range shots.

The hosts had a rare chance to score in the 26th minute when Slovenian met Nikola Vlasic's corner but could only direct his header straight at Roma 'keeper

Five minutes later Roma replied with a powerful free-kick by Aleksandar Kolarov, which forced Akinfeev to push the ball to Edin Dzeko, whose attempt on the rebound flashed over the crossbar.

However CSKA came out all guns blazing in the second half and Sigurdsson levelled five minutes after the break, expertly taking a fizzing Ilzat Akhmetov pass under pressure in the area and stroking the ball past Olsen's outstretched hands.

The hosts had their tails up but were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute Icelandic defender was sent off for his second bookable offence after chopping down lively Roma

Pellegrini made them pay just three minutes later when he slipped an offside trap and poked past Akinfeev to help Roma to record three consecutive wins for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign.

Roma are now five points ahead of third-placed CSKA with two games remaining and can seal qualification against Real Madrid at the Stadio Olimpico later this month.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 10:00 IST