Date: 16th September 2021 at 10:52pm
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secured a comfortable 5-1 win over in the opening match of their European Conference Group Stage at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.

The Bulgarian side took an early lead as found space in the box after a quick counter attack and rifled into the roof of the net. The were level midway through the half through a magnificent Lorenzo Pellegrini effort however, as the captain brought the ball down outside the box and flicked a curling effort into the top corner.

were ahead shortly before halftime as collected the ball from Eldor Shomurodov and fired in from the edge of the box. The lead was extended on the hour mark as Pellegrini found his second, rolling in a tame effort after meeting a Riccardo Calafiori cutback.

CSKA finished the match with 10 men after picked up a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Carles Perez, and took full advantage as tapped in from a freekick. broke the offside trap to add a fifth and complete the rout, as Jose Mourinho’s side made a dream start to their campaign.