CSKA star Mario Fernandes taken off with horror head injury after being accidentally kneed by Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov

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.

Mario Fernandes holds his head after an accidental collision
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Aleksandar Kolarov’s knee caught the Brazilian’s head as he hurdled a challenge
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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.

Mario Fernandes was carried from the field and replaced after 12 minutes
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Roma were already a goal up and went on to win 2-1
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But his compatriot Hordur Magnusson was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Justin Kluivert, who was through on goal.

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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.

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