Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City: Champions League “Sometimes it’s like this, you have to live through these kinds of games,” he says to BT Sport. “The early red card hampered the team, but we fought until the end.” We had chances: we scored a goal, but it was disallowed. We missed a penalty, and as I said, it’s difficult when you’re playing 10 against 11.”
“It’s a bit frustrating, of course,” he says, shrugging his shoulders, about his disallowed first half worldie. “I think nobody realized what happened, and then it’s a handball.” I’m not sure if this was done on purpose or not, but it is what it is. We respect the decision, but there is a penalty, which we did not take. Then the red card appears, and everything changes.
FC Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City at the end of regulation time
Peep! Peep! Peeeep! Peeeeep! At Parken Stadium, an early evening coupon-buster comes to a close with neither side scoring a goal. Copenhagen held a City side that was reduced to 10 men after Sergio Gomez was sent off after 30 minutes. City missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out, but they still lead Group G with 10 points, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who have played one fewer game, and eight points ahead of Copenhagen in third.
The night began before the football with an impressive light show and a moment of silence for the victims of the recent incident in Indonesia.
The ball was kicked off, and City quickly established almost uninterrupted possession, working the deep-lying Danish champions from side to side.
Within five minutes, Joao Cancelo had our first shot of the night, dragging wide from 20 yards.
The first goal of the night, however, came from the Portuguese international’s preferred role as a creative force, as he slid a pass to. Haaland, who swept home with his right foot from around 12 yards.
‘It’s always nice to score!’ says Mahrez.
The Norwegian’s latest strike had the raucous Etihad crowd hoping for our No.9’s fourth consecutive home hat-trick.
Cancelo’s assist was his seventh in the Champions League since the season began in 2021/22. He has more goal involvements than any other defender in that time, in addition to his two goals.
City were quickly back on top, and a neat move in the 12th minute almost resulted in a second goal But Bernardo Silva’s drilled strike came back off the post.
In the 17th minute, Haaland had his second major chance of the evening, rising high above the defense. But his header fell softly into the hands of goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.
The striker created his third chance midway through the half, working a yard of space and hammering a shot that Grabara palmed over the top of his goal.
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