CSKA Moscow has become the first Russian football (soccer) team to win a European Club Championship, with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon of Portugal in the UEFA Cup final.
Daniel Carvalho set up all three goals Wednesday night at Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon. Trailing 1-0, the Brazilian sent a free kick to Alexei Berezutskiy for the equalizer in the 57th minute.
In the 66th minute, Carvalho sent a low ball into the box to Yuri Zhirkov, who netted the go-ahead goal through the legs of the Portuguese club's goalie. Vagner Love finished the scoring in the 75th minute into an open net after another pass from Carvalho.
Sporting had briefly thrilled the home fans early in the 28th minute when Rogerio scored.
CSKA Moscow is the first Russian team to win a European football final. Dynamo Moscow came close, reaching the 1972 Cup Winners' Cup final, but lost to Rangers of Scotland.
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