Real Madrid Suffer Biggest Ever Home European Defeat against CSKA Moscow
The biggest shock of the night in the Champions League came in Spain, where Real Madrid were beaten 3-0 by CSKA Moscow and in the process they recorded their biggest ever European home defeat in their history. Madrid had already qualified for the next round, and they go through as group winners but there is no doubt that it was still a hugely embarassing night for them, and another problem to deal with in what has been a very tough season already and we are not even half way through yet.
Despite playing a weakened team, names such as Courtois, Marcelo, Isco and Benzima all appeared in the Madrid starting eleven, so this was by no means a poor side that they put out. However, it was a dismal performance and one that left the fans incredibly unhappy yet again this season, something they are probably getting used to by now.
Things didn't look too bad for Madrid in the opening stages of the game, and they had a number of chances to take the lead early on in the game. However, they didn't take those and eventually CSKA Moscow found a way past. From the moment they took the lead, Madrid switched off, looked disinterested and played well below what is normally expected from them. This has been a tough season, and last night was another tough night for the Spanish giants.
Last year's Champions League winners are having a horrid season so far, and they simply have to turn things around over the coming weeks. They have qualified for the next round of the Champions League, and going through as group winners they will be given a slightly easier task. They are priced up at 11/1 to win the tournament yet again, a competition they have a very rich recent history in. Their Spanish rivals Barcelona are the current 9/2 second favourites behind Manchester City, who head into the knockout round as the 3/1 favourites.