Sergio Aguero scored his eighth goal in his last five games just before the half-hour mark to give the visitors a lead that looked to have eased a few City nerves. James Milner doubled the lead shortly after to leave the result seemingly beyond doubt.
With City on course for a first European win since last December, Seydou Doumbia pulled one back for Leonid Slutsky's side, before Natkho converted a late penalty to rescue his side's first point of the campaign. This result leaves City with a mountain to climb if they wish to progress to the knock-out phase of the competition.
After his heroics in the club's 4-1 victory over Tottenham this weekend, many would have expected to see Aguero's name on the scoresheet yesterday evening. Having said this, the Argentine international had a quiet game, at least by his standards.
|Team||Goals||Shot Accuracy (%)||Chances Created||Total Pass||Pass Accuracy (%)||Dribbles||Touches||Mins|
|Sergio Agüero||Man City||1||33.33||1||33||81.82||1||46||90|
He managed just three shots at goal throughout proceedings, one of which hit the target - rattling the back of the net. While City dominated possession, they struggled to create chances. This lack of service naturally impacted Aguero's chances. At full-time, CSKA had actually fashioned more scoring opportunities than the current Premier League champions.
The 26-year-old enjoyed his fair share of possession - having received the ball on 46 occasions - and he fulfilled his basic duties with confidence. In his efforts to break down the opposition defense he found success in one key pass and one dribble, while completing 81.8% of his attempted passes - 18 of which came within the final third.
Aguero continued his rich vein of scoring form, but as City faltered in the second period, so did he. It's now back to the drawing board for Manuel Pellegrini - his side need a mini-miracle if they wish to establish themselves as genuine Champions League contenders this season.