Manchester City player ratings v CSKA: Toure's struggles continue, Milner impresses

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Manchester City let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 away to CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Group E match, with first-half strikes from Sergio Aguero and James Milner cancelled out in the second.

Joe Hart 6/10 – Could do little on CSKA’s two goals, and was otherwise untested on the night.

Pablo Zabaleta 6.5/10 – Solid both in defence and attack, with his knock-down setting up James Milner for the second on 38 minutes.

Eliaquim Mangala 6/10 – Put in a crucial challenge on Musa in the first-half when the Nigerian striker looked set to go one-on-one with Hart, and had few other problems with what the opposition threw at him.

Vincent Kompany 6/10 – Orchestrated the defence well with his imposing presence, but his failure to track Doumbia resulted in the opposition’s first.

Aleksandar Kolarov 6/10 – Was a constant menace on the left-flank, but will take some blame for conceding the controversial 86th-minute spot-kick.

James Milner 7.5/10 – Was his usual industrious self, scoring his side’s second from close range and rattling the post just before the half. Needs to keep his place in the line-up going forward.

Fernando 6.5/10 – The Brazilian did exactly what was required of him in typical no-nonsense fashion, holding the midfield down effectively.

Yaya Toure 5/10 – Another less than impressive outing from the Ivorian, as he struggled to impact the game, before his late give-away led to the equalising penalty. Fans should start getting worried.

David Silva 6/10 – Looked bright for most of the first-half, helping to set up the opener with a vital pass over the top, but then seemed to disappear as the match wore on.

Edin Dzeko 6.5/10 – Sprang the offside trap to assist Aguero’s opener with an unselfish ball and should have won a first-half spot-kick before Milner hit the woodwork.

Sergio Aguero 7/10 – Notched his eighth goal in five games with a simple finish and then claimed an assist on the second. Couldn't get going after the break, though.

SUBSTITUTES

Jesus Navas (Dzeko 72) 6/10 – Hit the Russians on the counter-attack a couple of times with his blistering pace but couldn’t produce an end product.

Fernandinho (Silva 78) N/A –Couldn’t do much with his 12 minutes to influence the match.

Stefan Jovetic (Fernando 87) N/A – Like Fernandinho, had little time to make an impact.

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