All eyes were on the giant Romanian, starting again in place of Hart, and he was not completely convincing. Flapped at a first-half cross but dealt comfortably with some pot-shots and could not be blamed for either of CSKA's goals.
Defended solidly and added an extra dimension to the City attack every time he overlapped on the right flank.
Error-strewn display that puts his place under threat. A fresh-air kick in the early exchanges handed Doumbia a great chance to equalise and the Frenchman later conceded a penalty with a wild hack on the Ivorian.
Not completely convincing against Doumbia's mobility and looked a little off the pace but his experience was enough to get him through.
Read the game superbly and made a couple of excellent tackles.
When he can be this good, it makes his anonymous displays even more infuriating. Set up City's second and fourth goals on a night when his touch, dribbling and link-up play were out of the top drawer.
Dominant display by the stand-in skipper. Contributed to a fluent display with his controlled passing and a lovely dinked pass to Nasri set up the fourth goal.
Anchored the midfield energetically before being subbed at half-time.
Danced his way through the CSKA Moscow defence almost at will. Won the penalty for the opener and dovetailed beautifully with Nasri and Aguero. Subbed after 64 minutes.
A hat-trick and the match ball for 'The Beast' on a night when there was further evidence of what a dangerous combination he and Aguero are becoming. The muscular Spaniard has now scored nine times, from eight starts, for his new club.
Finisher and creator supreme. Scored two and laid on the third for Negredo as he maintained his prolific form, which has yielded goals in all of his last six City matches. Took his tally for the season to 13 in 13 games and is now the club's highest scorer in European competition.
The Russia No.1 could do little about any of the City goals and prevented further damage with some good handling.
Got pulled out of position time and again by the speed and accuracy of City's passing.
Often left with no-one to mark due to Nasri's free role but handled Zabaleta's overlaps well enough.
Struggled to contain the slickness and movement of Aguero and Negredo.
Sent into a head spin by the trickery of Silva and Nasri but never gave up and was given little protection by his midfield colleagues.
The former Man United winger had a night to forget. Gave away the early penalty with an ill-timed hack on Silva and failed to offer much of a threat in the final third.
The Japanese playmaker failed to live up to his reputation as a creative force. Struggled to get involved and wasted some good set-piece positions. Subbed after 78 minutes.
Looked inadequate in the face of City's super-slick ball players and was subbed at half-time.
Got stuck in but struggled to cope with the fluency of City's attacking play. Took advantage of a fortunate bounce to set up Doumbia with a neat pass for CSKA's first goal.
Stood out as CSKA's most dangerous player before injury forced his premature exit after 42 minutes.
A real handful with his pace and mobility. Rounded the keeper neatly for his first goal and won and then converted the penalty for his second.