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CSKA Moscow face Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven
CSKA Moscow face Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at home in the Champions League on Tuesday as they attempt to gain the victory which will keep their European season alive.

A 4-2 defeat to Inter Milan on November 7 put paid to the team's chances of making it to the Champions League playoff stages, and the Russian club's hopes are now centered on claiming third place in Group G - and a subsequent UEFA Cup spot.

CSKA's 2007/08 Champions League campaign has been a dismal disappointment to the club's fans - with four games played, the team are without a win and are bottom of their group with one point.

However, victory on Tuesday will see CSKA pull level on points with PSV, and another win, away to Turkish side Fenerbahce on December 12, would almost certainly see their European adventure continue come spring.

"Our goal was to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League, and we have failed to do that," the club's manager, Valery Gazzayev told a UEFA website.

"However, we still have a chance to play in the UEFA Cup so my players will be sufficiently motivated. They are professionals and we're preparing very seriously. Our Russian internationals are in great spirits too, so the psychological level is high. Everybody is ready to play these last two matches of our campaign at a high level."

The Russian national team qualified for Euro 2008 on November 21 with a narrow 1-0 win in Andorra.

Three other Russian sides, Zenit St. Petersburg, Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow, are currently involved in the UEFA Cup group stage, and all three teams have a good chance of making it through to the tournament's playoff stages in 2008.

CSKA won the UEFA Cup in 2005, having qualified for the competition via the Champions League.


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