Aiden McGeady was forced to taste defeat today as CSKA beat Spartak 3-1 today in the Moscow derby.
Only 13,000 fans were in the Arena Kimki for the match which guarenteed CSKA automatic entry into next season’s Champions League groul stage courtesy of finishing second to Zenit St Petersburg.
Spartak took the lead in the 17th minute through Ibson and held the advantahe until Japanese striker Hona levelled in the 52nd minute.
CSKA took the lead ten minutes later through Seydou Doumbia with Wagner Love completing the scoring in the final minute.
Spartak must lift themselves for Tuesday’s home clash with Marseilles. After winning the opening group match in France a draw should be good enough to take Spartak into the last 16 with their final match away to Czech outfit Zelina.
In Italy Artur Boruc returned to the San Siro but was unable to prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from scoring the only goal of the game as AC Milan beat Fiorentina 1-0.
Mainz 05 got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga but Morten Rasmussen was missing as they won 3-2 away to Borussia Moenchengladbach to go second in the table behind Borussia Dortmund
In England Darren O’Dea didn’t have any luck with his return to club football as Ipswich went down 1-0 away to Hull City.
Closer to home there were Scottish Cup successes for Declan Gallagher and Danielle Giordano as Stranraer won the derby with Girvan 4-2 and Montrose beat Whitehill Welfare 3-1 to progress into Monday’s fourth round draw.