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Man City Victory Over CSKA Marred By Racist Chants

posted 24 Oct 2013, 09:11 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 24 Oct 2013, 09:12 ]

 MOSCOW, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 23, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Sergio Aguero's well-taken double fired Manchester City to a 2-1 victory away at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday (October 23) in a Champions League match marred by racist chants directed at midfielder Yaya Toure.

City coach Manuel Pellegrini regretted the racist incident during his post-match news conference.

"Well, I didn't know what's happened, they just tell me there were some shouts against Yaya Toure," Pellegrini said. "I think its a pity that they continue with that stupid things and I hope that will hear the right message to finish all the things, its a pity for Yaya, it's a pity for the city."

Aguero struck twice late in the first half after Zoran Tosic had put CSKA ahead in the 32nd minute. The Argentine quickly levelled with a low strike from David Silva's cross and then headed Alvaro Negredo's clever delivery past Igor Akinfeev.

The away win left City a good position to reach the knockout stages for the first time. They

are second in Group D on six points, three behind Bayern Munich who beat Czech side Viktoria Plzen 5-0.

CSKA are thid on three points.

"Yes, very happy with the performance. I said yesterday that playing football in this pitch would be very, very difficult," Pellegrini said.

"It was very difficult so we had to have another things to win the match and we did it with character, with concentration, with intensity and behind we had ... in front, sorry, we had a very strong team also so that's why I am happy about the performance," the 60 year-old Chilean added.

Poor away form, with five defeats out of six, was a feature of City's group stage exits in their last twoChampions League campaigns but they have now won twice on the road following a victory at Viktoria Plzen last month.

The Khimki Arena pitch, CSKA's temporary home with the Luzhniki stadium being redeveloped for the 2018 World Cup, was passed fit to play, despite heavy rain this month which left large threadbare areas.

CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky reiterated his views about the state of the pitch and was also asked about the racist chants aimed at Yaya Toure.

"Already yesterday at a press-conference I have told what I think about the pitch. It was the same for both teams, so there is no point to talk about it now," Slutsky said.

Asked about racist shouts he said: ""I haven't heard anything, I was watching the game".

CSKA were ordered by UEFA to stage their home game against Plzen on Oct. 2 in St Petersburg due to the condition of the playing surface.