Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Night to Forget for Nine-Man City; Two Goals Conceded and Two Sent off at Etihad

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Night to Forget for Nine-Man City; Two Goals Conceded and Two Sent off at Etihad

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MANCHESTER CITY 1 CSKA MOSCOW 2 FERNANDINHO and Yaya Toure were sent off as Manchester City crashed to a damaging 2-1 loss to CSKA in the Champions League.

The pair were both dismissed in the second half as City struggled to get back into a Group E contest they were anxious to win to revive their campaign.

Seydou Doumbia was again City's nemesis, following up his influential role in last month's 2-2 draw in Moscow with both CSKA goals. His Ivory Coast team-mate Toure had cancelled out his first with a superb freekick - but City again lacked spark in Europe's elite competition.

The result left them with just two points from four games and bottom of the group.

City could have had two penalties in the dying minutes but Sergio Aguero, denied two spot-kicks in Sunday's Manchester derby, was twice refused again.

There were plenty of other issues surrounding the game, with no CSKA fans having officially been sold tickets but a number making themselves heard.

CSKA were also without winger Zoran Tosic amid reports he had not obtained the correct visa.

City's night could hardly have begun in worse fashion as Gael Clichy was penalised for handball and Bebras Natcho swung in a free-kick for Doumbia to head in after two minutes.

The ground was stunned into silence and was quieter than the Khimki Arena had been when the sides met a fortnight ago in a game that was officially played behind closed doors.

Prior to kick-off many City fans had made themselves heard as they booed the Champions League anthem in protest at what they believe has been unfair treatment from UEFA with regards to the game in Moscow.

But the supporters' attempts to follow that by generating an atmosphere to inspire City quickly fell flat as a result of Doumbia's firm header.

City needed something else to rouse them and Toure provided it with an exquisite free-kick. Stevan Jovetic was bundled over on the edge of the area and the Ivorian stepped up to curl a shot into the top corner and level the scores.

But still the crowd remained subdued and City seemed to have little energy to feed off.

CSKA did not have the majority of possession but they made better use of it and Alan Dzagoev released Doumbia with a defence-splitting pass - but he drove wide. …

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