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Champions League: NK Maribor 1-1 Chelsea

Eden Hazard missed a late penalty as Group G leaders Chelsea were held to a draw by unfancied Maribor in the Champions League.

The Slovenian champions, thrashed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, took the lead through Agim Ibraimi’s sublime curler.

But the Blues equalised when Nemanja Matic poked in John Terry’s header at the far post.

Hazard was fouled by Mitja Viler to win a penalty, but the Belgian’s weak effort was saved by Jasmin Handanovic.

Hazard’s rare miss – he has scored 27 out of 30 penalties in his career – summed up a frustrating evening for the Blues, who had been denied an earlier spot-kick for what appeared a foul on Oscar and had a Diego Costa goal wrongly disallowed for offside.

Both had been brought on at half-time as manager Jose Mourinho tried to inject some energy into an under-par display.

The result, combined with Sporting Lisbon’s 4-2 victory over Schalke, leaves Chelsea three points clear of the Germans and needing to win one of their remaining two games to guarantee their passage to the knock-out phase.

The Blues also equalled a club record by extending their unbeaten start to the season to 16 matches.

Mourinho, whose side face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday, made four changes to the team that beat QPR 2-1 on Saturday.

Centre-back Kurt Zouma, brought in for Gary Cahill, should have opened the scoring inside 10 minutes but he headed Cesc Fabregas’s dinked cross wide of the near post.

Maribor served early notice of their threat on the break when Tavares weaved through three Chelsea defenders and bore down on Petr Cech, only to over-hit his attempted pass to strike partner Luka Zahovic.

Chelsea responded strongly, as Andre Schurrle fired a shot narrowly wide before Hazard’s fierce drive was pushed aside by Handanovic.

Despite Mourinho’s tactical re-jig, Chelsea fell behind within five minutes of the restart. Zouma’s headed clearance landed at the feet of Ibraimi, whose sumptuous curling shot found the top corner of Cech’s goal.

After Costa blazed high and wide, Chelsea were given a huge let-off at the other end when Zahovic side-footed over the bar from three yards after a perfect cross from left-back Viler.

With 20 minutes remaining, the visitors were denied a penalty when Oscar appeared to be tripped by his fellow Brazilian Arghus.

Chelsea’s sense of grievance was short-lived. From a Fabregas corner, Terry’s downward header presented Matic with the simplest of tap-ins to equalise.

As the Blues pushed hard for a winner, Handanovic made superb saves to deny Hazard and Costa, who then had a goal ruled out for offside.

But Maribor stayed in the game and almost snatched it when Tavares slashed Jean-Philippe Mendy’s square pass wide of goal.

In the 85th minute, the outstanding Hazard was tripped by Viler in the box, but Handanovic dived to his left to keep it out and secure a famous point.

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Champions League: Man City 1-2 CSKA

Manchester City’s Champions League campaign reached crisis point as they were beaten by CSKA Moscow on a desperate night at Etihad Stadium.

Not only did they lose to two first-half goals from Seydou Doumbia, they also saw midfielders Fernandinho and Yaya Toure sent off after the break and ruled out of their next home game against Bayern Munich.

Toure had equalised Doumbia’s first goal but that was a rare high spot in a dismal performance by Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who simply cannot solve the Champions League puzzle.

City now have no wins and only two points from four group games and could still be eliminated even if they win their final two group games – against Bayern Munich and Roma.

They will be out before the final round of matches if they fail to beat Bayern and there is a winner in the match between CSKA and Roma.

And on the evidence produced so far, it is hard to see a team that mysteriously looks so ill-at-ease in this tournament turning their performances around to produce the results to qualify for the knock-out stages.

City’s fans were furious with Greek referee Tasos Sidiropolous at the final whistle, not only for the two red cards but also for a case of mistaken identity that spared CSKA’s Pontus Wernbloom a dismissal.

The bottom line, however, was that this was a shocking performance from the Premier League champions, especially in defence in the first half when they conceded the goals that condemned them to another defeat.

CSKA were without midfield man Zoran Tosic because of problems with his visa, but it was City bogeyman Doumbia who did the damage as he now has five goals against them in four Champions League games.

It was exactly a year ago, on Bonfire Night 2013, that Alvaro Negredo’s hat-trick gave City a 5-2 win here against CSKA, but this was a far cry from that as this performance summed up all the struggles they have had in this tournament.

City face a huge task against all odds to escape this group because nothing they have offered up in the Champions League suggests they will see off Bayern and Roma.

It will also leave Pellegrini facing awkward questions because their efforts this season suggest they have gone backwards in their attempt to challenge Europe’s elite.

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Champions League: CSKA 2-2 Man City

Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League suffered a major blow as they lost a two-goal lead at CSKA Moscow.

Sergio Aguero tapped in Edin Dzeko’s pass to give City the lead in a near-empty stadium with fans banned over previous CSKA disturbances.

James Milner slid home the second and then hit the post, before Seydou Doumbia converted from six yards.

Doumbia was fouled late on and Bedras Natcho levelled from the spot.

The impact of Doumbia from the bench helped prevent a seventh successive defeat in the Champions League for CSKA but his tumble under a challenge from Aleksandar Kolarov will anger the visitors.

Kolarov seemed to simply stand his ground in the 18-yard box but the Hungarian referee pointed to the spot in a moment that may end City’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages for just the second time in four attempts.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have two points from three games in Group E after losing at Bayern Munich and drawing at home to Roma.

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