MARIO FERNANDES was forced off early in CSKA’s Champions League clash with Roma due to a head injury.
The Brazilian wing-back, 28, caught a sickening knee as he went in for a slide challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov near the touchline.
He stayed down after the tackle and had to be carried off on a stretcher and replaced by Georgi Shchennikov just 12 minutes in.
Kostas Manolas had already given Roma a fourth-minute header after some shoddy goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev.
The Greek defender latched on to Lorenzo Pellegrini’s corner early on, before Alessandro Florenzi fluffed a simple one-on-one after he comically tripped over the ball in Moscow.
Icelandic star Arnor Sigurdsson then produced a neat touch and finish inside the box to get CSKA Moscow back to 1-1.
But his compatriot Hordur Magnusson was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Justin Kluivert, who was through on goal.
Even though replays showed he may have got a touch on the ball, the challenge took out the man for the most part.
Pellegrini then put the Serie A side 2-1 up after latching on to a ball in the box from Bryan Cristante.
And they held out for a crucial away win which leaves them top of their group, with Real Madrid taking on Viktoria Plzen in the later kick-off.