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Champions League: Nine-men Man City suffer defeat

Manchester City suffered a 2-1 loss to CSKA Moscow which diminished their hopes of qualifying for the last 16.

Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini. Picture: Official Manchester City Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Manchester City's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 were dealt a severe blow after two red cards subjected them to a humiliating 2-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium.

Seydou Doumbia twice capitalised on terrible defending.

Halftime substitute Fernandinho was sent off midway through the second half before Yaya Toure followed after lashing out at a CSKA player to complete a dreadful night for City who have taken two points from four Group E games.

Russia's CSKA, who were banned from selling tickets for the game following repeated bad behaviour from their supporters, have four points, level with AS Roma and eight behind Bayern Munich who beat the Italian side 2-0.

The German side eased past the Italians goals from Franck Ribery and Mario Goetze to advance to knockout stage as Group E winners with two games to spare.

GROUP F

Edinson Cavani's early goal helped Paris St Germain (PSG) secure their place in the last 16 with two games to spare after a 1-0 home win over Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday.

Uruguay striker Cavani found the back of the net in the first minute to hand PSG their second win in as many matches against Apoel, who are eliminated from Europe's premier club competition.

PSG lead Group F with 10 points from four games ahead of Barcelona, who trail the French champions by one point.

Ajax lie third on two points and Apoel are bottom with one.

Lionel Messi scored twice to equal Raul's Champions League scoring record as Barcelona secured their place in the knockout stages by beating 10-man Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on Wednesday.

Argentina forward Messi struck in each half and Joel Veltman's 71st-minute red card completed a disappointing evening for the hosts.

Messi matched Raul's Champions League record tally of 71 goals thanks to a 36th-minute header and a 76th-minute tap-in, beating Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to match Raul's mark.

GROUP G

Chelsea stretched their unbeaten start to the season to a club record-equalling 16 games with a 1-1 draw against Maribor on Wednesday but the 2012 winners were given a mighty scare.

The Slovenian upstarts, destroyed 6-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, took the lead in the 50th minute when Macedonia winger Agim Ibraimi curled in a spectacular left-foot shot from the edge of the box.

Maribor, buoyed by a noisy crowd, swarmed all over Jose Mourinho's side and had a great chance to make it 2-0 on the hour when unmarked teenager Luka Zahovic blazed the ball over the bar from six metres with an open goal at his mercy.

Chelsea then upped the tempo and Nemanja Matic equalised with a tap-in at the far post after captain John Terry had headed on a right-wing corner from Cesc Fabregas in the 73rd minute.

The Londoners spurned an excellent opportunity to grab all three points when Eden Hazard was tripped in the box with four minutes to go. The Belgian picked himself up to take the penalty but his effort was saved by Jasmin Handanovic.

Group G leaders Chelsea still look well placed to qualify for the knockout stages with eight points from four games.

Schalke 04 have five points after losing 4-2 at Sporting Lisbon who have four points and Maribor with three points, are also in with a chance.

ALL RESULTS - WEDNESDAY

Group E

Bayern Munich 2-0 Roma

Man City 1-2 CSKA

Group F

Ajax 0-2 Barcelona

PSG 1-0 Apoel Nicosia

Group G

NK Maribor 1-1 Chelsea

Sporting Lisbon 4-2 Schalke 04

Group H

Athletic Bilbao 0-2 FC Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 BATE Borisov

Additional Reporting by Reuters