Football / European Round-up: Marseille draw no relief

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CSKA Moscow's players - afflicted by spasms of cramps after months without competitive action - overcame their myriad problems to force a commendable 1-1 draw with Marseille in their Champions' League tie in Berlin last night.

The Russian season ended four months ago, a period of time which showed in CSKA's sluggishness. But the French champions failed to build on Abedi Pele's 27th-minute goal, allowing the Muscovites to regroup and then equalise through Ilshat Fayzullin after the break. The 5,000 Russian soldiers watching could not contain their glee.

Jean-Pierre Papin, who Marseille sold to Milan for pounds 10m, repaid another slice of his transfer fee with a long-range goal in the Rossoneri's 1-0 win at Porto. The Group B favourites' treble dream (European Cup and domestic League and Cup) looks increasingly feasible.

IFK Gothenburg stay two points behind the Italians following their impressive 3-1 success at PSV Eindhoven. The Dutch - who have had a dreadful week - moved ahead through Arthur Numan before Mikael Nilsson, from 30 yards, and Johnny Ekstrom, with two, settled matters in the Swedes' favour.

Barcelona, the European Cup-holders, moved to the top of the Spanish League with a 2-0 win over Oviedo; the champions lead Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on goal difference.

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