Copenhagen! and Manchester City battle to a draw


Ten-man In a match where VAR predominated, Manchester City missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed while Copenhagen forced them to wait to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League.

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Two disputed rulings in a dramatic start set the tone for the evening.

In contrast, the visitors benefited from being granted a penalty when the ball struck home

defender Nicolai Boilesen on the arm as he competed for a corner with Manuel Akanji.

Rodri’s excellent 25-yard shot for City ruled out after Riyad Mahrez penalized for handling.

To the joy of a boisterous Parken Stadium crowd, however, Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil

Grabara spectacularly stopped Mahrez’s penalty effort. Five minutes later, though, Sergio

Gomez of Pep Guardiola’s team dismissed for a professional foul on 19-year-old forward

Hakon Haraldsson.

The English champions have reorganized and play the final hour with one fewer

player after the Portuguese referee Artur Dias has referred to the pitch-side monitor.

If Sevilla loses against Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s other Group G match, City will still be

able to go to the knockout round of the competition.

A corner from Hakon Arnar Haraldsson that Kevin De Bruyne headed away early in the game

served as a sign of Copenhagen’s resolute attitude throughout. Another member of the


Danish attacking trident, Mohamed Daramy, let slalom down his left side before Ilkay

Gündogan once again used his head to block the No. 15’s chip.

In the interim, Kamil Grabara, a former Liverpool player, deflected Julián Alvarez’s angled

shot from the left behind, but gave no corner. This enthralled the Parken Stadium

crowd just as much as what happened after Rodri blasted a spectacular volley beyond

Because of a handball by Mahrez prior to Alvarez’s lay-off, Artur Dias, the referee, was for

the first time summoned to the pitchside monitor by the VAR, and he reversed the strike.

The latter was selected because Guardiola rested the season’s best player (so far), possibly

with the trip to Anfield in mind.

Lukas Lerager further indicated Jacob Neestrup’s players were in a combative mood despite

being destroyed by the same opponent 5-0 the previous week; the midfielder’s 20-yard

attempt required a timely Ederson hand to deflect it out. Every City defender was caught

ball-watching when Haraldsson flighted in the next corner, and the Brazilian once more had

to save his club.


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