Lisbon: Brazilian samba and Russian steel combined to clinch an historic UEFA Cup final victory for CSKA Moscow as they stunned Portugal's Sporting 3-1. Playing in their own Jose Alvalade Stadium, Sporting seemed set to spark a Portuguese party when Rogerio's superb 29th-minute strike from just outside the box gave them the lead. But the army side stormed back in 19 second-half minutes with three goals, all created by Brazilian playmaker Daniel Carvalho, to become the first club representing Russia to win a European club final. Alexei Berezutsky, one of twin defenders in CSKA's side, headed CSKA level on 56 minutes and nine minutes later, Carvalho carved open Sporting's defence for Yuri Zhirkov to run in and fire under Ricardo. Brazilian striker Vagner Love sealed their revival 15 minutes from time, finishing off Carvalho's pass after a swift counter-attack to send 2,000 CSKA fans into a frenzy on a balmy evening in the Portuguese capital.
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