Manchester City’s hopes of staying in the UEFA Champions League were dealt a big blow as Seydou Doumbia’s double gave CSKA Moscow a 2-1 win.
Ivory Coast striker Doumbia struck twice in the first half at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday either side of a fine free-kick from Yaya Toure and things went from bad to worse for City in the second half.
Fernandinho was sent off for two bookable offences after coming on at half-time and then Toure was shown a straight red card for inexplicably shoving over Roman Eremenko as the Premier League champions lost the plot.
City were furious that Pontus Wernbloom was not shown a second yellow card in the second half, with Sergei Ignashevich instead booked in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.
Doumbia has proved to be City’s nemesis, having now scored five goals in his last three games against them and his brace on Wednesday leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s chances of progressing from Group E looking bleak.
Victory for the Russian champions was their first in England and moved them above City, level on four points with Roma, with two games remaining.
City slump to the bottom with only two points and with Bayern Munich, who qualified on Wednesday, and Roma to play in the final two games they have it all to do, while CSKA will now be eyeing a place in the last 16.