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Manchester City suffer more Champions League frustration against Roma

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Roma continued their impressive unbeaten streak on Tuesday night, but were unable to pick up a win against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Roma fell behind in the early stages of the game at the Etihad Stadium after former City defender, Maicon held back Sergio Aguero in the penalty area. His offence did not go unpunished as Aguero stepped up and cooly slotted home the resulting penalty in the fourth minute, sending Ɓukasz Skorupski the wrong way.

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Swift equaliser

It did not take long for Roma to find their feet, however as Maicon - looking to make amends for his earlier mistake - unleashed a thunderous shot inside the area, which struck the crossbar but was imminently cleared to spare City's blushes so soon after taking the lead.

Roma's onslaught continued with some intricate play from their midfield. Former Arsenal forward Gervinho spearheaded the attack on numerous occasions during the first half.

After taking the lead, City began to see less of the ball and were eventually punished by Roma in the 23rd minute.

A slick goal created by Skorupski reached Francesco Totti after just three passes and the veteran captain effortlessly took the ball in his casual stride to lob over a charging Joe Hart.

Totti record

This goal was one to go down in the history books as Totti is now the oldest scorer in Champions League history, overtaking the majestic Ryan Giggs who previously held the record.

The rest of the half saw City come more into their own and they could have easily had a second penalty as Kostas Manolas' trailing hand made contact with a low cross, but the referee was not interested in City's pleas this time around. Gervinho continued to create problems for the City defence, but his shot from a tight angle was well parried by Hart before the end of the half.

The second half saw City take a little more precaution in response to Roma's blistering counter attacks. James Milner entered the fray in place of Jesus Nava and the Englishman's high work-rate obviously played a factor in this substitution. 

Roma, however, continued to find holes in City's defence and came close to taking the lead in the 51st minute as Alessandro Florenzi's close-range shot was blocked by Hart and a few seconds later Miralem Pjanic's long-range effort curled inches wide of the post with England's number one well beaten. 

Lampard sub

With the 60th minute fast approaching, City made their second substitution of the evening, bringing on veteran midfielder and 2012 Champions League winner Frank Lampard.

The former England international had scored four goals in his previous three outings for City and was nearly able to make an immediate impact as he threaded through a killer ball to Fernandinho in the penalty area, who went down after a tangling of legs with Manolas and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. City were again denied in their claims for another penalty. 

The game plateaued up until the 71st minute, when Roma made their first substitution of the night with big summer signing Juan Manuel Iturbe replacing Totti to add more pace and agility to the task of stretching City's backline.

This almost paid off as a slick one-two between the Argentinian and Maicon resulted in a low-driven cross into the area that had to be cleared desperately by Pablo Zabaleta. 

In the final ten minutes, long range efforts from both Lampard and David Silva went comfortably wide, before the Romans brought on Jose Holebas for Florenzi and City made their last change of the night with Stefan Jovetic replacing goalscorer Aguero. 

Maicon then made his departure in the 87th minute as he was replaced by Greek nternational Vasilis Torosidis. 

Silva goes close

Silva came close to a late winner for City in the 93rd minute, however his near-post shot fizzed wide of the post and Jovetic's long-range effort from 30 yards went sky high into the stands. 

At the sound of the final whistle, Manchester City's task of qualification became slightly more difficult as they have yet to win a game in the Champions League this season and remain in third place in Group E.

Roma are unbeaten in seven games this season and face Italian champions Juventus this Sunday. 

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