Champions League - Group E
CSKA2Man City2

CSKA Moscow 2-2 Man City

Manchester City players protest
Manchester City were unhappy with the award of a late penalty
  • Aguero and Milner give City two-goal half-time lead
  • Substitute Doumbia nets and wins controversial late penalty
  • Game played behind closed doors as punishment for CSKA
  • City have two points from three group games

Manchester City's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League suffered a major blow as they lost a two-goal lead at CSKA Moscow.

Sergio Aguero tapped in Edin Dzeko's pass to give City the lead in a near-empty stadium with fans banned over previous CSKA disturbances.

James Milner slid home the second and then hit the post, before Seydou Doumbia converted from six yards.

Doumbia was fouled late on and Bedras Natcho levelled from the spot.

Leaky City
Manchester City have conceded in 10 straight Champions League matches - 18 goals in all - and have not won since beating Bayern Munich in December 2013.

The impact of Doumbia from the bench helped prevent a seventh successive defeat in the Champions League for CSKA but his tumble under a challenge from Aleksandar Kolarov will anger the visitors.

Kolarov seemed to simply stand his ground in the 18-yard box but the Hungarian referee pointed to the spot in a moment that may end City's hopes of reaching the knockout stages for just the second time in four attempts.

Manuel Pellegrini's side now have two points from three games in Group E after losing at Bayern Munich and drawing at home to Roma.

Arena Khimki
Acoustics inside Arena Khimki were unusual with only sporadic crowd noise as a result of a ban on supporters

They beat CSKA home and away in the group stages of last year's competition and will have to beat them at Etihad Stadium in two weeks to stave off another early exit for one of Europe's richest clubs.

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Pellegrini blames cold Moscow weather

Pellegrini had vowed in pre-season to improve on his side's recent European performances but also raised concerns before kick-off that the closed ground - a Uefa punishment for past violent and racist behaviour from the home side's fans - could provide a strange challenge for his players.

Those worries were fully realised as City conceded for the 10th Champions League game in a row and threw away a two-goal half-time lead they had comfortably merited.

The echoes of a handful of dignitaries, stewards and youth-team players could be heard early on inside the Arena Khimki when Ahmed Musa and former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic both flashed efforts just wide from range.

But silence met Aguero's opener when Dzeko raced on to David Silva's through ball to provide a tap-in and an 11th goal in as many games for the Argentine.

City's remaining group fixtures
DateOpponent
5 NovemberCSKA Moscow (home)
25 NovemberBayern Munich (home)
10 DecemberRoma (away)

After Aguero's fifth goal in three games against CSKA, he turned provider when his scuffed cross-shot allowed Milner to race in and double the lead.

The England midfielder smashed against the post moments later when well placed and his miss would ultimately prove costly as the hosts - fresh from a 6-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar at the weekend - stunned their visitors after the break.

As City eased off - creating no meaningful opening in the second half - their hosts grew in confidence and Musa drilled an effort across goal for substitute Doumbia to convert.

The English champions have faced Bayern Munich three times in the group stages, as well as Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Real Madrid, Napoli and Villarreal, as Uefa's seeding system - based on past European performance - has worked against them.

That system will change from next season - and City may well welcome an easier draw, because once Natcho's late penalty eluded Joe Hart, their chances of a run to this year's final in Berlin look decidedly slim.

CSKA Moscow's latest sanction came as a result of crowd disturbances in their Group E opener at Roma
CSKA Moscow's latest sanction came as a result of crowd disturbances in their Group E opener at Roma
City complained of racial abuse in this fixture last season but both sets of players gathered in an anti-racism campaign ahead of kick-off
City complained of racial abuse in this fixture last season but both sets of players gathered in an anti-racism campaign before kick-off
Manchester City celebrate
Edin Dzeko's assist for Sergio Aguero appeared to set City on their way to a comfortable win before the home side found their feet
Seydou Doumbia came off the bench to score his third goal in two Champions League appearances against City
Seydou Doumbia came off the bench to score his third goal in two Champions League appearances against City
Joe Hart dived the right way for Natcho's penalty but City now have just two points from three games
Joe Hart dived the right way for Natcho's penalty but City now have just two points from three games

Line-ups

CSKA

  • 35Akinfeev
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 24Berezoutski
  • 4Ignashevitch
  • 6BerezoutskiSubstituted forDoumbiaat 45'minutesSubstituted forCaunaat 90'minutes
  • 42Schennikov
  • 7TosicSubstituted forEfremovat 69'minutes
  • 66Natcho
  • 25Alekseevich Eremenko
  • 23Milanov
  • 18Musa

Substitutes

  • 1Chepchugov
  • 14Nababkin
  • 15Efremov
  • 19Cauna
  • 71Bazelyuk
  • 88Doumbia

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 20Mangala
  • 11Kolarov
  • 7Milner
  • 42Y Touré
  • 6FernandoBooked at 57minsSubstituted forJoveticat 86'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forFernandinhoat 78'minutes
  • 16Agüero
  • 10DzekoSubstituted forJesús Navasat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 13Caballero
  • 15Jesús Navas
  • 22Clichy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Demichelis
  • 35Jovetic
Referee:
Istvan Vad

Match Stats

Home TeamCSKAAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, CSKA Moscow 2, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, CSKA Moscow 2, Manchester City 2.

Attempt blocked. Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dmitri Efremov.

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Georgy Schennikov (CSKA Moscow).

Substitution

Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Aleksandrs Cauna replaces Seydou Doumbia because of an injury.

Offside, Manchester City. Yaya Touré tries a through ball, but James Milner is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dmitri Efremov.

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

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

Foul by Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Fernando.

Goal!

Goal! CSKA Moscow 2, Manchester City 2. Bebras Natcho (CSKA Moscow) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty CSKA Moscow. Seydou Doumbia draws a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Manchester City. Joe Hart tries a through ball, but James Milner is caught offside.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow).

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces David Silva.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Sergei Ignashevitch (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Roman Eremenko (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Fernandes.

Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sergei Ignashevitch (CSKA Moscow) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bebras Natcho following a set piece situation.

Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Bebras Natcho (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Seydou Doumbia.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Edin Dzeko.

Substitution

Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Dmitri Efremov replaces Zoran Tosic.

Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernando.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georgi Milanov (CSKA Moscow).

Goal!

Goal! CSKA Moscow 1, Manchester City 2. Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Musa.

Attempt missed. Roman Eremenko (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Georgy Schennikov.

goal

As It Stood

A

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B

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3Liverpool21012203
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C

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D

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E

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2Roma311179-24
3Man City302134-12
4CSKA301238-51

F

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4Apoel Nic301213-21

G

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3NK Maribor302128-62
4Sporting301246-21

H

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4Ath Bilbao301224-21
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