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HOLLOW VICTORY:Despite stunning Real Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, CSKA Moscow ended at the bottom of their group after Viktoria Plzen defeated AS Roma

AFP, PARIS

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CSKA Moscow stunned a much-changed Real Madrid with a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, but still finished bottom of Group G as Viktoria Plzen beat AS Roma.

The Russian side, who also downed Real 1-0 in the reverse fixture, had to better Plzen’s result to finish third and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

However, Plzen edged out Roma 2-1 in the Czech Republic to render CSKA’s famous victory ultimately meaningless, despite inflicting the heaviest-ever European home loss on the record 13-time champions.

“It’s sad, to say the least, to beat Real Madrid, earn seven points, but finish bottom and get eliminated from Europe,” CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko said.

Real had already progressed to the last 16 as group winners, with Roma through in second place.

Home coach Santiago Solari boosted CSKA’s hopes before kickoff by making seven changes to his starters, and goals from Fedor Chalov, Georgiy Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson gave CSKA a comprehensive win.

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