In a thrilling showdown at Parken Stadium, Manchester United faced a setback in their Champions League journey, falling 4-3 to the Danish host, Copenhagen. The match, part of the fourth round of the UEFA Champions League group stage, unfolded with intense moments at every turn.
🌍 Copenhagen’s Triumph and United’s Struggle
Copenhagen showcased an outstanding performance, securing a 4-3 victory and accumulating 4 points, positioning themselves in second place. On the flip side, Manchester United’s struggle continued as they remained at 3 points, languishing at the bottom of Group 1.
Early Dominance by United
United took an early lead in the 3rd minute, orchestrating a magical pass from Mactominay to an unmarked Højland inside the 6-yard box, effortlessly slotting the ball into the net.
Copenhagen attempted to respond in the 12th minute, with Falk launching an attack from the left side, firing a shot from outside the box that Onana skillfully saved.
United managed to add a second goal in the 28th minute, initiated by a quick run from Garnačs on the left, penetrating the penalty area. His grounded shot was parried by Grabara, only for Højland to comfortably convert it into the net.
United almost secured a third goal in the 29th minute, with Højland’s powerful shot from inside the box superbly saved by Grabara, deflecting it into a corner.
United missed a golden chance to extend their lead in the 39th minute, as Højland embarked on a rapid solo run from deep, reaching the penalty area and sending a grounded shot just wide of the post.
The turning point came in the 42nd minute when Rashford received a direct red card for a violent tackle on Gilbert’s ankle, following a VAR review.
Fernandez nearly scored an own goal in the 44th minute, attempting to clear a free-kick, but his header hit the crossbar.
Copenhagen swiftly capitalized on the numerical advantage, narrowing the gap in the 45th minute. Jonkálvís delivered a ground cross, met by El Yousfi with a direct shot finding the net.
Dix aimed to equalize in the 45+2 minute, firing a powerful shot from outside the box, narrowly missing the post.
Vavro followed up with another attempt in the 45+6 minute, a shot from outside the box that also sailed just wide of the post.
Copenhagen earned a penalty in the 45+8 minute due to a handball by Maguire. Jonkálvís successfully converted the penalty with a grounded shot to Onana’s right, ending the first half in a 2-2 draw.
Second Half Drama
Copenhagen commenced the second half with a strong ground shot from Vavro in the 52nd minute, held by Onana.
Jonkálvís reappeared in the 60th minute with a powerful shot from outside the box, well-handled by Onana.
United was awarded a penalty in the 68th minute for a handball by Léragér, confirmed after a VAR check. Fernandez confidently scored with a strong shot to Grabara’s right.
United missed a chance to seal the match in the 79th minute, as Fernandez set up Mactominay inside the box, but the latter’s shot went wide.
Copenhagen successfully leveled the score in the 83rd minute, with Léragér converting a rebound from close range.
Copenhagen clinched victory in the 87th minute, with Roni scoring the fourth goal after connecting with a clearance from United’s defense inside the box. The match concluded with a thrilling 4-3 triumph for Copenhagen.