MONACO, November 2. /TASS/. Russia’s CSKA Moscow football club is set for an away clash tonight with Monaco in the second leg match of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
Following three first leg matches played Monaco currently tops Group E standings with five points and is followed by Tottenham with four points, Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 3 points and CSKA in the end with 2 points.
Tonight’s match will be held at the 18,500-seat capacity Stade Louis II arena and is crucial for the Moscow football club, which will have almost no chances of advancing further in the tournament in case it loses this game to Monaco.
Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, is currently ranked second in the French national football championship and has one of the best offensive lines, which scored on the average of 2.9 goals per match in the last 10 games the club played.
CSKA on the contrary was lately struck by a string of misfortunes as the club managed to win only one out of five recent matches it played at the level of the national championship.
The first-leg match was played at the 30,000-seat capacity CSKA Stadium in Moscow on October 18 and much to the delight of home crowds CSKA FC was leading 1-0 almost till the end of the game, but guests Monaco scored in the 87th minute to tie the score at 1-1, which remained unchanged until the final whistle.
Founded in 1911, CSKA Moscow FC won a total of seven titles of the former-Soviet top league tournaments, clinched six RFPL titles and won the 2004/2005 UEFA Cup.
Football club’s Head Coach Leonid Slutsky was named in May this year the country’s best coach after CSKA Moscow won the champion’s title in the Russian Football Premier League’s 2016/2016 season tournament.