Man City 1 Roma 1: Player ratings as Yaya Toure disappoints

Man City 1 Roma 1: Player ratings as Italy legend Francesco Totti scores his first goal in England

Man City
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Roma
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Manchester City

Joe Hart Collected the ball bravely at Gervinho’s feet in the 17th minute. With the City defence in disarray, Hart stood tall and answered his critics to deny Pjanic. 8/10

Pablo Zabaleta The Argentine wasn’t at his trademark marauding best as Florenzi tracked well. Clattered Totti in the second half to earn a booking. 5

Vincent Kompany Typically solid performance from the City skipper. On the rare occasions that he was caught out by a ball over the top, he was rescued by the offside flag. 6

Martín Demichelis Didn’t have the legs to catch the oldest player on the pitch as Totti equalised. Bailed out by his goalkeeper. 5

Gaël Clichy Wasted a good counter-attack opportunity for City with a sloppy pass. Like Zabaleta, Clichy didn’t press forward aware of Gervinho’s pace until coming up with a dangerous, low cross 14 minutes from time. 5

Fernandinho Lucky to escape a booking for a late challenge on Nainggolan. It took two Roma players to stop the Brazilian edging City into a 2-1 lead. 6

Yaya Toure The 31-year-old was, again, disappointing. Almost pedestrian at times, Toure struggled to prevent Pjanic and Totti pulling the strings in midfield. Credit where its due, he did break stride to snuff out a dangerous Roma attack late on. 5

Jesús Navas Not the brightest of starts as he gave the ball away on a couple of occasions. Unsurprisingly replaced at half-time. 4

David Silva Tried to create but rarely found the desired targets. A bit too predictable from the Spaniard. Did work hard but his effort didn’t pay off as his tired finish flashed wide in injury-time. 5

Edin Džeko Spent large parts of the night trying to avoid Yanga-Mbiwa’s flying tackles. Substituted with City chasing an equaliser. 5

Sergio Agüero Broke the deadlock with a fifth-minute penalty. Made a number of clever runs but wasn’t presented with a clear-cut chance to double his advantage. 6

Substitutes

James Milner Offered a bit more grit to the City side. 5

Frank Lampard Came on as a second-half substitute and provided the leadership in midfield that Toure failed to offer. Forced Skorupski into a low save as Lampard looked to net his third City goal. 6

Stevan Jovetic N/A

Roma

Łukasz Skorupski Could do little about Aguero’s emphatic penalty. Was rarely called into action as City failed to manufacture a clear-cut chance. 6

Maicon Came close to atoning for giving away an early penalty when he hit the crossbar minutes later. After the early error, the Brazilian veteran recovered to produce a competent performance. 6

Kostas Manolas The Greek centre-half wasn’t overly troubled by Aguero. He was, however, fortunate to escape unpunished for a handball in his penalty area in the 37th minute. 6

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Started at The Etihad despite the mental scarring of successive 4-0 defeats by City last season. At times some of his defending was erratic but a promising step forward in his rehabilitation. 6

Ashley Cole Facing Premier League opposition for the first time since leaving Chelsea this summer, Cole had a limited impact on the clash. 6

Radja Nainggolan Wasn’t fazed by the prospect of facing the English champions, shooting from distance in the first half. Teed up Totti for the first-half equaliser. A solid showing. 6

Miralem Pjanic Showed glimpses of his class during the World Cup, and it was much the same against City. Much better in the second half as he drew a top save from Hart before coming close from distance. 7

Seydou Keita The former Barcelona midfielder was considered in his distribution. Played a part in Totti’s equaliser. Carried out his duties as Roma’s deep-lying midfielder well. 7

Francesco Totti (man of the match) Became the older player to score in European competition with his 23rd-minute strike. It was a classy finish from a classy player. Dictated the game for the remainder of the first half with cunning, disguised passes for his Roma team-mates. Tired after the break. 8

Alessandro Florenzi A willing runner for the Roma cause but didn’t trouble the City defence. If Florenzi had his grandmother in the stands, it could have been a different story perhaps. 6

Gervinho Looked to have broken the Man City line but was denied by Hart. A super solo run before half-time required a strong save from the City number one. His pace caused problems but as was often the case at Arsenal, the Ivorian lacked end product. 7

Substitutes

Juan Iturbe N/A

Jose Holebas N/A

Vasilis Torosidis N/A

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