Man City 5 CSKA Moscow 2: Player ratings as Negredo nets hat-trick

Man City 5 CSKA Moscow 2: Player ratings as the Citizens seal their place in the next round with two matches to spare

Man City
5
CSKA Moscow
2

Manchester City

Costel Pantilimon Looked shaky on a few occasions and completely missed a first-half punch. Could have done better with CSKA’s goal and sent the wrong way for the penalty. 6/10

Pablo Zabaleta The ever reliable full-back was solid, as always. Marshalled his winger well and got forward throughout the 90 minutes. 7

Martin Demichelis Again seemed a bit shaky in the centre of the defence, still looks as if he is adapting to the style of his new club. Was caught square for the through ball which led to CSKA’s first-half goal. 6

Matija Nastasic Quick off the mark from the back and pushed forward when possible but, like the majority of the City back four, did not look completely reliable when defending. 6

Gael Clichy Spent more time in the CSKA half than he did in his own, and when he did need to defend, he conceded a silly penalty. 6

Samir Nasri Selfless assist for Negredo’s second as he knocked the ball across the box for the Spaniard to turn home, and excellent weight on the pass for Aguero’s second of the game. 7

Fernandinho Will be the midfielder who no-one talks about on Wednesday morning. Did the small amount of dirty work that needed doing by breaking up the play on a regular basis and distributing the ball to City’s flair players. 7

Yaya Toure Often found himself in a slightly deeper midfield role in a quiet performance from the captain. The Ivorian did not have an opportunity to extend his good run in front of goal. 6

David Silva Easily rolled Tosic before being brought down for the early penalty, but flirted in and out of the game. Displayed some trademark crisp passing before departing with an injury. 7

Sergio Aguero (Man of the match) Confidently converted his penalty to the left of Akinfeev before scoring a brilliant second and laying on a third for Negredo. Brilliant performance. 9

Alvaro Negredo Linked up really well with Aguero throughout the match and the pair look like Pellegrini’s strongest strike partnership. Was gifted his hat-trick by his team-mates but was always in the right position to convert his chances. 9

Substitutes

James Milner Ran around a lot as he always does, and did excellently to stand the ball up for Negredo’s hat-trick at the far post. 6

Aleksandar Kolarov Put a couple of dangerous crosses in from the left, and was denied a goal at the very end by a good save from Akinfeev. 6

CSKA Moscow

Igor Akinfeev Did not have much chance with any of the goals, but maybe committed himself too early for the low cross which led to Negredo’s first strike. 5

Sergei Ignashevich Completely outclassed by City’s attacking players, looked out of his depth at times. 5

Aleksei Berezutski Like his defensive partner, City’s forward line got the better of him more often than not. Turned far too easily by Aguero for the second of the game. 5

Kirill Nababkin Overrun for the majority of the match as he found it difficult to deal with the roaming Aguero and Silva, as well as the advanced full-back Clichy. 5

Georgi Schennikov Like the majority of his team-mates, he struggled to keep City at bay. 5

Pontus Wernbloom Tried to press the City midfield when possible, but was disjointed and just made gaps for the hosts to exploit. 5

Keisuke Honda Had a couple of decent free-kick opportunities but the Japanese international wasted them, and in open play, hardly had a kick. 5

Zoran Tošić Conceded the third-minute penalty with a stupidly needless foul on Silva and booked a few minutes later for a cynical trip on Aguero. 5

Georgi Milanov The Bulgarian was involved in some neat, but rare, link-up play from CSKA in the midfield area. Taken off at the interval. 5

Ahmed Musa Failed to have any attacking impact on the match, well marshalled by Zabaleta and replaced before half-time following a strong tackle from Nastasić. 5

Seydou Doumbia Should have tested Pantilimon in the opening ten minutes when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box, but he showed a lack of composure and lashed over. Took his goal well on the stroke of half-time by rounding the keeper and slotting home, and scored an equally confident penalty. 7

Substitutes

Steven Zuber Replaced Musa early in the game and was deployed in a deeper role but failed to stop City’s rampant attacking play. 5

Rasmus Elm Entered City’s penalty area once in 45 minutes, fired a tame free-kick straight at Pantilimon. 5

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