CSKA Moscow and Arsenal last met 12 years ago, and yet the Russian outfit lined up remarkably similarly on their return to face the Gunners!
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CSKA GO BACK TO THE FUTURE
As CSKA Moscow unveiled their line up for their Europa League quarter final clash against Arsenal, there was something familiar to eagle eyed fans.
The last meeting between the two sides came in November 2006 as they faced off in the group stage of the Champions League – and on that day the Russian outfit fielded an identical back three to that which took to the park at The Emirates on Friday morning AEST.
12 years down the track, Sergei Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski and Aleksei Berezutski all assumed their same positions in defence for CSKA.
They showed their age in the match, a combined 108 years, being torn apart by an energetic Gunners attack.
While the visitors’ defence hadn’t changed, the same couldn’t be said of the North Londoners – whose back four featured not a single survivor from the previous meeting between the sides.
GRIEZMANN’S FORTNITE CELEBRATION
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is the latest sports star to look to popular video game Fortnite for celebration inspiration.
The Frenchman doubled his side’s lead against Sporting Lisbon in their Europa League quarter final with a tidy finish before whipping out the ‘take the L dance’ from the game.
In other sports, the likes of NRL star Josh Dugan, Boston Red Sox’ Xavier Bogaerts as well as Bayern Munich’s youth team have all busted out celebrations taken from Fortnite.
RONALDO VISITS HIS OLD TEAM
With Sporting in Madrid to take on Atletico, a familiar face dropped in to wish the squad luck.
A former star of the Portuguese club, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo paid a visit to the team’s hotel before the clash – and they’ll be hoping some of his form rubbed off on them!
Sporting staff and players chatted to and took photos with Ronaldo who had come to offer his support – and was understandably in good spirits after his exploits in a 3-0 win over Juventus.
CR7 made 25 senior appearances at the Portuguese club before being poached by Manchester United as a teenager.
He was a part of the side’s youth setup from the age of 12 and was promoted to the first team aged just 16.
ADVERTISING BOARDS TELL THE FUTURE
As Mesut Ozil attempted to send a ball in the direction of Aaron Ramsey in Arsenal’s quarter final win over CSKA Moscow, the advertising boards at The Emirates appeared to predict the future.
“A game changing delivery,” the hoardings read as Ozil released an outstanding ball which the Welshman dispatched into the goal care of an audacious side footed chip over keeper Igor Akinfeev.
The goal sent the Gunners up 3-1 and most certainly changed the game.
PROLIFIC IMMOBILE STRIKES AGAIN
Lazio star Ciro Immobile again found the net as his side beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-2 in their quarter final clash.
The Italian’s strike takes his goals per minute ratio to an astonishing one per 87 minutes – meaning he effectively averages better than a goal a game.
The remarkable statistic is bettered only by Ronaldo, who’s other worldly average of one goal every 78 minutes is unrivalled anywhere in Europe.
Immobile just can’t stop scoring at the moment.