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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev keeps first UCL clean sheet since 2006

CSKA Moscow's Georgi Schennikov's early goal would be enough to end Benfica's hopes of qualifying for the UCL knockout rounds.

Igor Akinfeev kept his first Champions League clean sheet in more than 11 years as CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-0 on Wednesday.

CSKA boosted their hopes of qualification from Group A with the victory, which was secured by Georgi Schennikov's opener and an own goal from Jardel.

Akinfeev ensured Benfica were unable to make a fight of it by keeping his first clean sheet in the Champions League since Nov. 1, 2006 -- not including qualifiers -- ending a run of 43 games without one.

The last team unable to find a way past the 31-year-old in Europe's top club competition was Arsenal during their 0-0 draw with CSKA.

CSKA sit third in Group A following Wednesday's result, three points behind leaders Manchester United and below second-placed Basel by virtue of their inferior head-to-head record.

The Russian side face United at Old Trafford in their final group fixture on Dec. 5.

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