The Spanish giant will vie to extend their imperious domestic form into Europe - but face a stern test of their credentials in frigid Moscow
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CSKA Moscow has some key personnel missing Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Real Madrid, including goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (torn knee ligaments), Mark Gonzalez (hip) and playmaker Keisuke Honda (knee).
Latvian midfielder Aleksandrs Cauna, who underwent surgery in mid-January after breaking his toe, is also ruled out, while Pavel Mamaev and Kirill Nababkin serve one-match suspensions.
The absence of several established players could force CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky to hand competitive debuts to January signings Pontus Wernbloom and Ahmed Musa.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will be deprived of the services of Angel Di Maria, who aggravated a leg injury during Saturday's win over Racing Santander.
Also sitting out the trip to the Russian capital is Lassana Diarra, who is nursing a back problem, while Hamit Altintop is sidelined with a calf injury. Karim Benzema is likely to retain his place in attack ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.
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- CSKA Moscow, which is currently enjoying their three-month winter break in Russia, has not played a competitive match since Dec. 7, when it beat Italian giants Inter 2-1 at San Siro in the group stages.
- The Russian side has never faced Real Madrid before, but are unbeaten against Spanish opposition in five outings (W3 D2).
- Should CSKA win against Real, it would represent its 50th victory in UEFA club competitions.
- Real Madrid has won 27 of its last 30 matches in all competitions, scoring in every game in that sequence.
- Los Merengues are the only side in the competition with a 100 per cent record and boast the best defence with just two goals conceded.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) has converted 23 successive penalty kicks for Real since failing against Almeria in December 2009.