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October 23, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
Arena Khimki — Khimki
Referee:‬ O. Hațegan‎
Attendance:‬ 14000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: CSKA Moscow 1 - 2 Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini's side secured victory as Sergio Aguero continued his rich vein of form with a double strike against the Russians, while Joe Hart made a telling late contribution

By Sam Wells

  • Igor Akinfeev
    2
    3
    3.00

    Igor Akinfeev

    Fairly solid in the CSKA goal, could do nothing about either goal and produced a couple of decent saves.

  • Sergey Ignashevich
    1
    2
    2.50

    Sergey Ignashevich

    A fairly solid performance, though he did struggle to deal with the ingenuity of Aguero and Silva at times.

  • Kirill Nababkin
    1
    3
    2.50

    Kirill Nababkin

    Was caught ball-watching for Aguero's second as he unnecessarily drifted away from his man. Didn't make too many other mistakes but his main contribution was a telling one.

  • Vasiliy Berezutskiy
    2
    3
    2.50

    Vasiliy Berezutskiy

    Was, quite strangely, brought off for his twin brother just minutes into the game, despite appearing to carry no injury.

  • Georgi Shennikov
    1
    2
    3.00

    Georgi Shennikov

    Solid down the left and afforded Navas very little, particularly in the first half.

  • Pontus Wernbloom
    2
    2
    2.50

    Pontus Wernbloom

    Impressed in patches with a combative midfield performance but ended up denying his side a goal with his high foot on Toure just prior to Musa's strike.

  • Steven Zuber
    2
    4
    2.50

    Steven Zuber

    The winger proved fairly ineffectual, not really causing City too many problems and was duly brought off near the start of the second half.

  • Zoran Tosic
    10
    2
    3.50

    Zoran Tosic

    Grabbed the first goal with a smart run and an equally smart finish and proved lively for the majority of the game, causing Kolarov a few problems down the right wing.

  • Georgi Milanov
    2
    3
    3.00

    Georgi Milanov

    Caused City some problems, particularly in the second half, with some driving runs from deep. Impressed intermittently but would have wanted to do it more often.

  • Keisuke Honda
    12
    4
    2.50

    Keisuke Honda

    The Japanese midfielder has an obligation to create in this CSKA side but he disappointed tonight. He showed flashes of quality but didn't really have much of an effect on the game, that header for the opening goal aside.

  • Seydou Doumbia
    5
    3
    3.00

    Seydou Doumbia

    Was constantly lively but will be disappointed that he couldn't work himself more shooting opportunities. Still, he provided CSKA with an outlet and can be fairly pleased with his evening's work.

Substitutions

  • Alexey Berezutskiy
    3
    4
    2.50

    Alexey Berezutskiy

    Came on for his twin brother and struggled to cope with the dual threat of Negredo and Aguero, as many might.

  • Ahmed Firaz Moosa
    8
    2
    3.50

    Ahmed Firaz Moosa

    Came on early in the second half and definitely sparked things for the home side; he was constantly dangerous and can deem himself unlucky to have his spectacular goal ruled out.

  • Joe Hart
    11
    4
    3.50

    Joe Hart

    The England international has been under fire lately but he could do nothing about the first goal and saved brilliantly to deny Honda in the final minute.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    10
    2
    3.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    Was, as usual, typically calm and composed at the back, a constant cool head in an occasionally frenzied City backline.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    8
    5
    3.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Was occasionally suspect defensively but provided City with an outlet down the left, crossing well on several occasions. A typically mixed game for the Serb.

  • Matija Nastasic
    14
    2
    3.00

    Matija Nastasic

    Should have done much better tracking Tosic for the first goal but did, for the most part, look more comfortable than his defensive partner and made some decent interventions. Still, that first goal will rankle.

  • Javi García
    4
    9
    2.00

    Javi García

    Beaten all too easily in the air by Honda for the first goal and looked typically uncomfortable in that centre-half berth that is looking more troublesome for City as each game without Kompany passes.

  • Jesús Navas González
    4
    6
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    Found himself on the peripheries of the game in the first half but came into it more in the second, providing Dzeko with a golden opportunity courtesy of a lovely cross.

  • David Silva
    15
    5
    4.00

    David Silva

    Had a hand in both of the first half goals and was generally City's main source of creativity throughout. Provided some lovely touches and passes before being replaced by Samir Nasri.

  • Fernandinho
    8
    4
    3.00

    Fernandinho

    Was characteristically industrious in the middle of the park and provided the defence with a useful shield. Might be looking to contribute more offensively in future games.

  • Yaya Touré
    15
    4
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    Was his typical powerful self and impressed in patches but was slightly quieter than usual, not controlling the midfield as easily as he sometimes does.

  • Negredo
    9
    7
    3.00

    Negredo

    Provided a quite lovely assist for the second Aguero goal and linked up fairly well with the Argentine. Tired in the second half though and was duly replaced by Dzeko.

  • Sergio Agüero
    22
    4
    4.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Wasn't particularly involved for most of the first half but, as he's wont to do, he grabbed the two goals that gave City control of the game - where would the Citizens be without him?

Substitutions

  • Gael Clichy
    5
    7
    2.50

    Gael Clichy

    Was only on the pitch for five minutes but found himself caught out of position for Honda's final chance.

  • Samir Nasri
    4
    7
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    Came on in the latter stages and had little effect on proceedings.

  • Edin Dzeko
    9
    13
    2.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Missed two golden chances to kill the game for City as the game reached its conclusion - they could so easily have regretted those missed.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
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Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2