Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa whose last gasp winner for CSKA Moscow against Sporting Lisbon took them UEFA Champions League for the third straight season will lead the Russian side to Germany to face Wolfsburg tonight.
Last month, with just five minutes left to play in the play-off stage of the lucrative Europe club competition, with the Portuguese giant enjoying a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and also having the edge of scoring a crucial away goal earlier in the day, Musa conjured up the winner to sent the fans of the Russian army club into celebration.
It is Wolfsburg’s second UEFA Champions League campaign in the very same way that they began their first – with a home match against PFC CSKA Mosvka.
Wolfsburg beat CSKA in their first ever UEFA Champions League fixture on 15 September 2009. Grafite hit a hat-trick for Armin Veh’s hosts, Alan Dzagoev scoring for a CSKA team coached by Juande Ramos.
CSKA still ended up second in the group with Wolfsburg third, having turned the tables with a 2-1 victory in Moscow two months later. Tomáš Necid and Miloš Krasić struck second-half goals to overturn Edin Džeko’s opener for the German side.
Wolfsburg finished second in the Bundesliga last season to earn a second tilt at the UEFA Champions League group stage, having first featured in 2009/10.
Last season Dieter Hecking’s men reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League, their run ended by a 6-3 aggregate defeat by SSC Napoli.
En route to the last eight, Wolfsburg put nine goals past Russia’s FC Krasnodar in the group stage, winning 4-2 away and 5-1 at home. That latter success made it three wins out of three for Wolfsburg at home to Russian sides.
For CSKA this is their third consecutive campaign in the UEFA Champions League group stage. In each of the past two seasons they failed to advance, finishing bottom both in 2013 and last term.
CSKA’s elimination from Europe was confirmed on German soil last season when they fell 3-0 at FC Bayern München on matchday six. Bayern had already defeated them 1-0 at the Arena Khimki.
CSKA have lost on all four previous visits to Germany, including another 3-0 reverse at Bayern in their opening game of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign.


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