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Champions League, round of 16, first leg

CSKA Moscow 1 - Sevilla 1

Sevilla emulated Barcelona's result, drawing 1-1 at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday to keep up their impressive record in Europe. Played in sub-zero temperatures, the Andalusians took some time to warm up, with Honda driving a couple of shots just wide early on. But with twenty-five minutes on the clock Negredo opened the scoring for Manolo Jiménez's team after the defence failed to cut out a cross from Jesús Navas. Adonin drilled a long shot just wide and Honda got his bonnet to a cross either side of half time, but Negredo tested Akinfeev following a short free kick a few minutes later. Midway through the second half though ex Betis and Liverpool winger Mark González caught out Palop with an impressive shot from outside of the area to equalise, and Necid could have won it for the Russian side had Palop not made two top class saves from the striker later on. (24.02.10)

Stuttgart 1 - Barcelona 1

Defending champions Barcelona came away from Stuttgart with a 1-1 draw in their first leg tie, a result which gives them the edge for the return game in three weeks' time. Guardiola's side were under pressure from the start though, and Cacau headed the German team in to the lead from Celozzi's cross midway through the first half. Lehmann was lucky to see his save from Messi's shot roll against the upright however before the break, and soon after the restart Ibrahimovic equalised, beating the keeper at the second attempt after Piqué headed the ball across. A few minutes later Molinaro deflected an Ibrahimovic shot over the bar with his upper arm, but the referee turned down appeals for a penalty. (23.02.10)