Champions League
Man CityManchester City1CSKA MoscowCSKA Moscow2

Manchester City 1-2 CSKA Moscow

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Etihad Stadium
Seydou Doumbia celebrates his side's opening goal
Doumbia has scored five of his 10 Champions League goals against Manchester City
  • City bottom of Group E with two games to go
  • Toure sent off and will miss Bayern game
  • Doumbia double as CSKA win for the first time in England
  • City have won only one of their last five games

Manchester City's Champions League campaign reached crisis point as they were beaten by CSKA Moscow on a desperate night at Etihad Stadium.

Not only did they lose to two first-half goals from Seydou Doumbia, they also saw midfielders Fernandinho and Yaya Toure sent off after the break and ruled out of their next home game against Bayern Munich.

Toure had equalised Doumbia's first goal but that was a rare high spot in a dismal performance by Manuel Pellegrini's side, who simply cannot solve the Champions League puzzle.

City now have no wins and only two points from four group games and could still be eliminated even if they win their final two group games - against Bayern Munich and Roma.

They will be out before the final round of matches if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the match between CSKA and Roma.

And on the evidence produced so far, it is hard to see a team that mysteriously looks so ill-at-ease in this tournament turning their performances around to produce the results to qualify for the knock-out stages.

City's fans were furious with Greek referee Tasos Sidiropolous at the final whistle, not only for the two red cards but also for a case of mistaken identity that spared CSKA's Pontus Wernbloom a dismissal.

Former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live
"The referee wasn't brilliant, but City were worse.
"I thought they'd win comfortably, two or three-nil. I was a long way off that prediction.
"It really was a lacklustre performance - nobody was out there sprinting or making any runs in light blue."

The bottom line, however, was that this was a shocking performance from the Premier League champions, especially in defence in the first half when they conceded the goals that condemned them to another defeat.

CSKA were without midfield man Zoran Tosic because of problems with his visa, but it was City bogeyman Doumbia who did the damage as he now has five goals against them in four Champions League games.

It was exactly a year ago, on Bonfire Night 2013, that Alvaro Negredo's hat-trick gave City a 5-2 win here against CSKA, but this was a far cry from that as this performance summed up all the struggles they have had in this tournament.

City face a huge task against all odds to escape this group because nothing they have offered up in the Champions League suggests they will see off Bayern and Roma.

It will also leave Pellegrini facing awkward questions because their efforts this season suggest they have gone backwards in their attempt to challenge Europe's elite.

City knew victory was the minimum requirement to maintain their push for progress - but once again they suffered a self-inflicted wound inside two minutes.

Gael Clichy was perhaps harshly punished for handball but there was no excuse for Toure's slack marking from the free-kick that allowed Doumbia to arrive unattended and head powerfully past Joe Hart.

Toure quickly made amends by scoring the equaliser with a perfectly clipped free-kick from the edge of the area, but this did nothing to ease City's defensive nerves in a performance that occasionally descended into shambles.

Back to Russia with love
CSKA's victory was the first by a Russian side away to English opposition since Spartak Moscow's win over Ray Harford's Blackburn Rovers in September 1995.
Russian sides have lost six and drawn eight of their subsequent visits before tonight.

Doumbia should have put CSKA back in front when he raced through but guided his shot inches wide, much to the relief of City and their increasingly anxious supporters.

He did not pass up his next opportunity, however, when Clichy's horribly sliced clearance allowed Bebras Nacho to play in Doumbia, who this time showed more composure to score easily.

Pellegrini needed to take action after such a dismal first half and his response was to send on Samir Nasri and Fernandinho - followed by Edin Dzeko just after the hour when there was no upturn in their fortunes.

Just when City thought their night could not descend any further, Fernandinho was red-carded for picking up two rapid yellow cards, while referee Sidiropolous then did CSKA a favour, booking Sergei Ignashevich when the card should have gone to Wernbloom, who would then have been sent off.

There was another red card on the way but it came for Toure, who deserved to be dismissed for a reckless, arms raised challenge on Roman Eremenko.

To cap a frustrating night, City striker Sergio Aguero had two penalty appeals turned down late on as CSKA held out.

Manchester City players react against CSKA Moscow
Manchester City fell at the group stages in two of their last three Champions League campaigns
Seydou Doumbia celebrates his side's opening goal
Seydou Doumbia's opener was the fastest goal ever conceded by City in the Champions League
Stefan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero (right) had scored in City's last two Champions League encounters
Yaya Toure is sent off against CSKA Moscow
Yaya Toure apologised on Twitter after the game for his first red card for City


Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 26Demichelis
  • 22Clichy
  • 15NavasSubstituted forNasriat 45'minutes
  • 6RegesSubstituted forDzekoat 65'minutes
  • 42Y TouréBooked at 81mins
  • 7Milner
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 90mins
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forFernandinhoat 45'minutesBooked at 70mins


  • 3Sagna
  • 8Nasri
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Caballero
  • 20Mangala
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 38Boyata

CSKA Moscow

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 35Akinfeev
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 24Berezoutski
  • 4IgnashevitchBooked at 77mins
  • 42Schennikov
  • 18Musa
  • 3WernbloomBooked at 28mins
  • 66Natcho
  • 10DzagoevSubstituted forEfremovat 86'minutes
  • 25Alekseevich EremenkoBooked at 79mins
  • 88DoumbiaSubstituted forMilanovat 67'minutes


  • 1Chepchugov
  • 6Berezoutski
  • 14Nababkin
  • 15Efremov
  • 19Cauna
  • 23Milanov
  • 71Bazelyuk
Anastasios Sidiropoulos

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamCSKA Moscow
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 1, CSKA Moscow 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dmitri Efremov (CSKA Moscow) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bebras Natcho.

  5. Booking

    Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  7. Post update

    Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dmitri Efremov (CSKA Moscow).

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Dmitri Efremov (CSKA Moscow).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Georgy Schennikov (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Dmitri Efremov replaces Alan Dzagoev.

  15. Post update

    Corner, CSKA Moscow. Conceded by Joe Hart.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

  17. Dismissal

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) is shown the red card for fighting.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Roman Eremenko (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Roman Eremenko (CSKA Moscow) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood


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4Malmö FF410329-73


1Real Madrid4400112912
2FC Basel42026606


1B Leverkusen43017349
3Zenit St Petersburg411234-14


1B Dortmund44001311212


1Bayern Munich44001111012
3CSKA Moscow411259-44
4Man City402246-22


4Apoel Nicosia401314-31


4NK Maribor403139-63


1FC Porto4310123910
2Shakhtar Donetsk4220142128
3BATE Borisov4103219-173
4Ath Bilbao401326-41
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