Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow and reignite their Champions League Group D campaign.

Manuel Pellegrini had complained about the pitch at the Khimki Arena, and the City boss must have feared the worst when Zoran Tosic put the hosts ahead.

The former Manchester United player lobbed Joe Hart before Aguero levelled after David Silva's cross.

Aguero capped a gutsy City display by heading home Alvaro Negredo's cross.

It was far from comfortable for Pellegrini and his players, who were forced to endure some anxious moments against the Russian champions to record their second away win of the group stage.

Pellegrini condemns racist chants

Indeed City goalkeeper Hart had to produce a fine stop with an outstretched leg to deny Japan international Keisuke Honda an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

But victory over CSKA in the return game at the Etihad Stadium on 5 November ought to allow City to start planning for the knockout stages for the first time.

After their flat performance against Bayern Munich three weeks ago, City now have six points from three games, three more than the Russians.

CSKA painted the pitch green in some areas after Pellegrini said it was "unbelievable" Uefa passed it fit for use following heavy rain.

But the Chilean's pre-match criticism of the surface was quickly brushed aside as City peppered the hosts' goal.

Aguero, Yaya Toure, who said after the game he had been subjected to racist chanting, and Negredo all had chances before poor defending in the 32nd minute allowed Tosic to produce a moment of quality that was all too rare during his stint at Old Trafford between January 2009 and June 2010. 

City's remaining Group D games

5 November: v CSKA Moscow (home)

27 November: v Viktoria Plzen (home)

10 December: v Bayern Munich (away)

The 26-year-old Serbia international found the net with a delicate lob after Honda won an aerial duel with Javi Garcia.

Yet the character lacking from Pellegrini's side in the 3-1 home defeat by Bayern last month was in ample supply as Aguero spearheaded the turnaround.

Within two minutes the visitors were level, the Argentina forward getting ahead of marker Sergei Ignashevich to turn Silva's low cross home from close range.

And three minutes before the interval, Aguero put City in front with his ninth goal of the season, a brave header following a delightful cross from the outside of Negredo's boot.

CSKA pushed forward in search of an equaliser after half-time, Tosic proving a serious threat as City lived dangerously.

Substitute Ahmed Musa thought he had equalised in the 80th minute with a terrific 20-yard strike but his effort was ruled out as Pontus Wernbloom fouled Toure.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"I'm very happy. The result is very important for the team. The whole team concentrated with intensity on a difficult pitch.

"Aguero and Silva are both top players and every match they show how they can play football. We are not in the next round but this is very important for us."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

CSKA Moscow

  • 35 Akinfeev
  • 14 Nababkin
  • 42 Schennikov
  • 23 Milanov
  • 24 Berezoutski (Berezoutski - 6' )
  • 04 Ignashevitch Booked
  • 21 Tosic
  • 03 Wernbloom Booked
  • 88 Doumbia
  • 07 Honda
  • 08 Zuber (Musa - 50' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Chepchugov
  • 05 Vasin
  • 06 Berezoutski
  • 11 González
  • 18 Musa
  • 25 Rahimic
  • 31 Vitinho

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 42 Yaya Touré Booked
  • 14 Javi García
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 16 Agüero (Clichy - 89' )
  • 09 Negredo Booked (Dzeko - 72' )
  • 21 Silva (Nasri - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 08 Nasri
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 22 Clichy
  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 35 Jovetic
Ref: Ovidiu Hategan

Match Stats

Shots

9 20

On target

5 9

Corners

3 7

Fouls

14 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2.

90:00 +2:36

Attempt saved. Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:02

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

90:00 +1:02

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy replaces Sergio Agüero.

88:00

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

86:31

Attempt saved. Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georgi Milanov.

85:24

Offside, Manchester City. Matija Nastasic tries a through ball, but Edin Dzeko is caught offside.

84:56

Attempt saved. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zoran Tosic.

83:50

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

83:50

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:56

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a headed pass following a corner.

82:31

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kirill Nababkin.

81:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:00

Delay in match Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) because of an injury.

80:32

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

80:32

Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:23

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

79:04

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:04

Foul by Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow).

78:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces David Silva.

78:10 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:02

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

78:02

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:53

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:53

Foul by Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow).

74:44

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:32

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

74:32

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:05

Corner, CSKA Moscow. Conceded by Javi García.

72:11

Attempt missed. Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

71:34

Dangerous play by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

71:34

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Álvaro Negredo.

70:32 Booking

Booking Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) is shown the yellow card.

70:22

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) has gone down, but that's a dive.

69:42

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

68:51

Offside, Manchester City. Yaya Touré tries a through ball, but Matija Nastasic is caught offside.

68:50

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matija Nastasic with a headed pass.

68:19

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Keisuke Honda.

67:51

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Igor Akinfeev.

67:46

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

67:05

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:05

Foul by Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow).

66:24

Offside, CSKA Moscow. Keisuke Honda tries a through ball, but Kirill Nababkin is caught offside.

65:45

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

65:44

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

63:40 Booking

Booking Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:32

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

63:32

Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:36

Offside, CSKA Moscow. Igor Akinfeev tries a through ball, but Seydou Doumbia is caught offside.

61:09

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

61:09

Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:02

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:02

Foul by Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow).

56:49

Offside, CSKA Moscow. Keisuke Honda tries a through ball, but Pontus Wernbloom is caught offside.

55:44

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

55:44

Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:01

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

53:19 Booking

Booking Sergei Ignashevitch (CSKA Moscow) is shown the yellow card.

53:12

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:12

Foul by Sergei Ignashevitch (CSKA Moscow).

51:59

Attempt saved. Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kirill Nababkin with a cross.

49:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Ahmed Musa replaces Steven Zuber.

49:26

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

49:26

Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:42

Hand ball by Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow).

48:22

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

47:05 Booking

Booking Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

46:48

Hand ball by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

45:56

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:56

Foul by Georgy Schennikov (CSKA Moscow).

45:00

Second Half begins CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2.

45:00 +1:04

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Igor Akinfeev.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00 +0:03 Booking

Booking Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

44:48

Hand ball by Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow).

43:54

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sergei Ignashevitch.

43:30

Attempt blocked. Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

41:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a through ball.

36:07

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

36:07

Steven Zuber (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:39

Offside, Manchester City. Yaya Touré tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

33:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

31:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 0. Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a through ball.

30:35

Corner, CSKA Moscow. Conceded by Pablo Zabaleta.

29:14

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

24:27

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:27

Dangerous play by Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow).

24:17

Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:54

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:54

Foul by Steven Zuber (CSKA Moscow).

23:22

Corner, CSKA Moscow. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

22:37

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

22:07

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:07

Foul by Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow).

20:52

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yaya Touré with a through ball.

18:55

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Alexei Berezoutski.

16:44

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:44

Foul by Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow).

15:05

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

15:05

Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:12

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

14:12

Zoran Tosic (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:29

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:29

Foul by Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow).

12:52

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a cross.

11:58

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

7:00

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Silva.

6:37

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Georgy Schennikov.

5:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Alexei Berezoutski replaces Vassili Berezoutski because of an injury.

3:03

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

2:33

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Vassili Berezoutski.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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