Manchester City's woes in the Champions League continued as they somehow allowed a two goal lead to slip as they drew in Russia.
There was no sign of a City collapse in the first half as they dictated proceedings from the get go. In the 28th minute, Yaya Toure and David Silva linked up in the middle to play in Edin Dzeko who broke the offside trap. Unselfishly, Dzeko squared the ball to Sergio Aguero who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.
In the 34th minute, Dzeko nearly had a goal of his own when he broke through and reeled off a shot - unfortunately the goalkeeper was equal to it.
However, just a few minutes later, Yaya Toure was again the architect of City’s second as his free-kick met the advanced Zabaleta who knocked the ball down for Aguero to cross for Milner’s tap-in.
James Milner nearly grabbed his second a minute later but hit the outside of the post. In the build-up, City felt they should have had a penalty as Dzeko was clipped.
At the stroke of halftime, Sergio Aguero nearly got his second of the game as he slid short of Alexander Kolarov’s cross on the left wing.
CSKA Moscow were completely outmatched and were looking at a four or five nil thrashing at this point. Their best effort of the half came in the 23rd minute as Ahmed Musa was put through on goal, though poor touch leads to clearance.
It is unknown whether the manager of CSKA waved the hair dryer during halftime break but whatever was said, it worked as CSKA took charge of the second half.
In the 62nd minute, Eremenko finished off a good CSKA move but could not keep his shot down on the half-volley.
Vincent Kompany was in fine form as he tackled, intercepted and cleared everything in his path. However, he, alongside Mangala and Yaya Toure were equally at fault for CSKA's first goal.
In the 63rd minute, Ahmed Musa was slipped in and managed to cross from the right for a Seydou Doumbia tap-in.
City did not learn their lesson and as a cross was flung in from the left wing, Aleksandr Kolarov was the wrong side of danger man Doumbia and managed to catch his trailing leg inside the box.
Doumbia's fall was rather theatrical and replay's suggested there was minimal contact, nonetheless the referee pointed to the spot and Nacho put the spot kick away.
The draw leaves CSKA in last place with their very first point of the campaign, whilst City are third with only two points. The result means City will need to win all their remaining games to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League Knockout Stage - a feat they have only done once since qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 2011.
CSKA Moscow 45% possession 55% Man City
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