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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Manchester City scrape 3 points in Russia.

A Sergio Aguero double has sealed an unimpressive victory for Man City against a tricky CSKA Moscow side.

Man City were predicted to breeze past CSKA but this was not the case, the absence of Kompany from the back was evident as makeshift centre back Javi Garcia struggled and was at fault for the opening goal when he was beaten in the air by Honda which allowed former Manchester United winger Tosic to chip the ball over the oncoming Hart.

The lead did not last long as moments after the kick off David Silva latched onto the ball in opposition territory drove down the side and played a low ball in to the box that Aguero managed to win and slide into the net for his first of the game.

CSKA continued to look dangerous on the break and looked like scoring but instead it was Man City and Aguero who scored the next goal, this time it came from a header after Negredo put in a precise ball with the outside of his boot to leave Aguero with an easy finish past the flailing leg of Akinfeev in the CSKA goal to bring City in 2-1 up at half time.

The second half was not as exciting as the first and Man City failed to threaten the CSKA goal regularly, Musa and CSKA had a wonderful strike from outside the box ruled out because of a high leg on Yaya Toure in the build up.

CSKA did get a golden opportunity to equalise however in the dying embers of the match when Honda found himself free at the far post only to be denied by a superb save from Joe Hart, the sound of the final whistle came with a great sigh of relief from all Man City players and staff.

This victory leaves Manchester City in a strong position to qualify in 2nd place with 6 points 3 ahead of CSKA Moscow who travel to the Etihad in the next fixture.

CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City