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Thu Apr 24 10:28:55 SAST 2014

Napoli get the better of the Blues

Sport Staff | 22 February, 2012 06:300 Comments

EZEQUIEL Lavezzi scored twice as Napoli came from behind to beat visitors Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie last night.

Edinson Cavani, who laid on both of Lavezzi's goals, scored the other for the Serie A team after Juan Mata had put Chelsea ahead.

Mata scored in the 27th minute following a mistake by Paolo Cannavaro before Napoli's South American double act sprang into action.

Lavezzi levelled in the 38th minute, the Argentine's first goal in the competition, and Cavani headed them ahead in first-half stoppage time after hesitant Chelsea defending. The Uruguayan then set up Lavezzi's second in the 65th minute.

A last-minute strike by CSKA Moscow newcomer Pontus Wernbloom snatched a 1-1 draw for the Russian side against Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given the visiting Spaniards a deserved 1-0 lead after 28 minutes, taking full advantage of a CSKA defensive mix-up and beating nervous-looking goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov with a low volley into the far corner.

It was Ronaldo's 17th goal in his 23rd Champions League game for Real and 32nd in total in Europe's premier club competition.

The home side sorely missed their first-choice keeper Igor Akinfeyev, who is still recovering following knee surgery.

The Russians rarely threatened until Sweden midfielder Wernbloom, who joined CSKA in January, beat Iker Casillas from 10 metres following a goalmouth scramble in the last minute of added time, sending a record 70000-strong home crowd wild.

Manchester City finally got the apology they had been waiting for last night when striker Carlos Tevez said he was sorry for his behaviour over recent months, setting up a possible return to action at the Premier League club.

The Argentine striker also withdrew his appeal against a gross misconduct charge handed to him after he spent three months in his homeland without the club's permission. - Reuters

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