It is deja vu for PFC CSKA Moskva and Manchester City FC as for the second year running, the Group E rivals meet at the Arena Khimki on matchday three.
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It is deja vu for PFC CSKA Moskva and Manchester City FC as, for the second campaign running, they meet in Khimki on matchday three.
• The lineups in Khimki were:
CSKA: Akinfeev, Nababkin, V Berezutski (A Berezutski 6), Ignashevich, Schennikov, Milanov, Wernbloom, Tošić, Honda, Zuber (Musa 50), Doumbia.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasić, Kolarov, Navas, Fernandinho, Touré, García, Silva (Nasri 79), Agüero (Clichy 89), Negredo (Džeko 72).
• CSKA's reverse to Bayern means they have won just one of their last six UEFA Champions League home games – and that was played in St Petersburg, against FC Viktoria Plzeň last season, owing to the condition of their Moscow pitch.
• CSKA's home record against English opposition is W2 D0 L3. Igor Akinfeev, Aleksei Berezutski, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgi Schennikov and Alan Dzagoev are all survivors of CSKA's last home victory over Premier League opposition – 2-0 against Aston Villa FC (3-1 on aggregate) in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32.
• The Russian club lost the 2005 UEFA Super Cup 3-1 to Liverpool FC in Monaco.
• City had never faced Russian opponents before taking on CSKA last term.
• As Villarreal CF coach in 2007/08, Manuel Pellegrini suffered an away-goals defeat by FC Zenit in the UEFA Cup round of 32 (0-1 a, 2-1 h). He also oversaw Málaga CF's 3-0 home win against the Russian club in September 2012, and a 2-2 away draw two months later.
• Before scoring twice in both encounters with CSKA last season, Agüero had hit a double in Club Atlético de Madrid's 3-3 draw at FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage. He also scored in Moscow when Argentina won 3-2 there in August 2009.
• In the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage, Vincent Kompany captained Belgium to a 1-0 success over a Russia team including Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski and Dzagoev.
• During Porto's triumphant 2010/11 UEFA Europa League campaign, Fernando won in Moscow twice – at CSKA (1-0, round of 16) and Spartak (5-2, quarter-finals).
• Jesús Navas was in the Sevilla FC side ousted 3-2 on aggregate by CSKA in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (1-1 a, 1-2 h).
• Edin Džeko registered for VfL Wolfsburg in a 2-1 loss at CSKA in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Fernandinho beat CSKA with FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 16, converting a penalty in a 2-0 second-leg win in Ukraine (2-1 agg).
• Gaël Clichy played in Arsenal FC's 1-0 reverse at CSKA in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group phase. In the same section, Kompany appeared in Hamburger SV's 1-0 defeat at CSKA.
• A decade ago, Frank Lampard tackled CSKA on these two same matchdays with Chelsea FC – prevailing 2-0 at home on 20 October 2004 and 1-0 away. CSKA's lineup included Akinfeev, Ignashevich and Aleksei Berezutski.
• David Silva scored past Akinfeev in Spain's 3-0 victory over Russia in the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finals.
• Zoran Tošić made five substitute appearances for Manchester United FC (2009–10).
• Other player connections:
Tošić and Stevan Jovetić at FK Partizan (2007/08);
Tošić, Aleksandar Kolarov and Matija Nastasić with Serbia;
Seydou Doumbia and Yaya Touré with Ivory Coast.
• Pontus Wernbloom and Dzagoev will complete three-game UEFA club competition bans on matchday three.
• CSKA have won their last six domestic encounters, including a 2-1 triumph at second-tier FC Khimik Dzerzhinsk in the Russian Cup round of 32 on 24 September.
• The Army Men recorded their second 6-0 victory of the season on Saturday, defeating a FC Kuban Krasnodar team that started the match in fourth place in the Premier-Liga.
• Ahmed Musa and, for the second successive league game, Doumbia both scored twice.
• Long-term absentees Rasmus Elm (stomach), Vitinho (ankle) and Kirill Panchenko (knee) are still sidelined. Mário Fernandes was substituted after nine minutes on Saturday with an elbow injury.
• CSKA lost 2-0 to FC Torpedo Moskva in a friendly on 12 October.
• Roman Eremenko, with four goals for club and country, was named CSKA's player of the month for September.
• Tošić took his tally of international goals to nine with an 89th-minute equaliser in Serbia's 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw against Armenia on 11 October.
• Fernandes won his first cap for Brazil on 14 October, as a substitute in a 4-0 friendly win against Japan.
• City are six games unbeaten since their 1-0 loss to Bayern on matchday one.
• Agüero scored four times, twice from the spot, and also had another penalty stopped by Hugo Lloris as City defeated Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-1 at home on Saturday.
• Joe Hart saved a spot kick from Roberto Soldado with the score 2-1. The match, in which Spurs defender Federico Fazio saw red, was the second in Premier League history to feature four penalties.
• With his second goal, his 59th in the top flight for the Citizens, Agüero overtook Carlos Tévez as City's leading Premier League marksman. Agüero has scored in each of his last four appearances for the English champions.
• Lampard, who gave the assist for Agüero's opener, was carried off with a left leg injury after 28 minutes.
• City are a point and two places better off in the Premier League than at the same stage last season.
• Lampard was named the Premier League champions' player of the month for September after scoring four goals in five outings. When he featured on matchday two, it was his first UEFA Champions League appearance for a club other than Chelsea FC at the age of 36.
• On 13 October, Džeko was on target in Bosnia and Herzegovina's 1-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw against a Belgium side captained by Vincent Kompany.