By Tunde Oyedele –
Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa and his CSKA Moscow teammates put up a fantastic show, as they defeated Manchester City 2-1 in Thursday’s UEFA Champions League match at Etihad Stadium in London.
Musa set the ball rolling on CSKA’s night of glory right from the first minute when he won a free-kick for his team.
The former Kano Pillars striker took the ball and raced down the right flank to send a cross, which hit City’s Clichy on the arm, giving CSKA a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Barely a minute after Musa’s inspirational move, CSKA shot to the lead as Seydou Doumbia, who retired from international football earlier this year, escaped the attentions of former Ivory Coast team-mate Yaya Toure to head in Bebras Natcho’s right-wing free-kick in the second minute.
Toure allowed his man to slip away from him too easily, but the hulking midfielder atoned for the mistake six minutes later, when he swept a glorious 25-yard free-kick into the top-left corner after a foul on Stevan Jovetic.
Doumbia was on song again in the 33rd minute and not only did City lose to two first-half goals from the Ivorian, they also saw midfielders Fernandinho and Toure sent off after the break and ruled out of their next home game against Bayern Munich.
For CSKA, who are third on Group E table with four points, it was their first win in the Champions League and one of their best performances.
And for Musa, the Super Eagles pacy attacker had a swell night, playing all 90 minutes and coming out clean in a game which saw three yellow cards each to both clubs, including two reds to the hosts.
It was a dismal performance by Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who simply cannot solve the Champions League puzzle.
City are yet to win a match and have only two points from four games, and must beat Bayern and win at Roma to stand any chance of qualifying to the next stage.