Mark Gonzalez struck a magnificent equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Sevilla.
Gonzalez, who joined CSKA last summer from Sevilla's local rivals Real Betis, smashed home an unstoppable 35-yard drive in the 66th minute to cancel out Alvaro Negredo's first-half opener for the Primera Division outfit.
The draw was a fair result in freezing conditions in Russia, where CSKA enjoyed the majority of the few chances that either side created, but were rarely able to test visiting goalkeeper Andres Palop.
After a relatively quiet opening, Sevilla took the lead in the 25th minute through Negredo.
Adriano fed the ball out to Jesus Navas on the right, and the quicksilver winger went outside his marker before firing in a perfect low cross that bisected the two CSKA centre-backs and their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and allowed Negredo a simple tap-in at the far post.
Japan international Keisuke Honda was looking CSKA's biggest threat and he fired two efforts not far wide from the edge of the box. Gonzalez sent a spectacular volley wide and Tomas Necid also tried his luck, but Palop was rarely called into action in the opening 45 minutes.
Palop had still not had much to do in the game when he was beaten by Gonzalez's stunning strike just after the hour-mark.
Gonzalez has never been a prolific scorer during his career and the Chile international cannot have scored many better goals than this as his long-range effort flew into the far side of the net with Palop barely moving a muscle.
Leonid Slutsky's men then almost grabbed a late winner to take to the second leg to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan after Tomas Necid fashioned himself a great opening.
Necid cut inside Federico Fazio and was left with only Palop to beat. However, he was unable to beat the veteran custodian, who stuck out his right foot to deflect Necid's low shot behind for a corner and earn his side the draw.
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