TTSK– (Copenhagen 4-3 Man Utd). Champions League Group A second leg. The Red Devils marched to Denmark when their forces were severely damaged. The match between Copenhagen and Man Utd took place with truly unpredictable developments. In particular, the red card in the 42nd minute changed the entire situation.
Video Copenhagen 4-3 Man Utd
Man Utd has a chance to climb to second place in Group A. The necessary condition is that coach Erik Ten Hag’s team wins at Copenhagen Stadium, and the sufficient condition is that Galatasaray does not win against Bayern Munich.
With such a goal, United entered the game proactively and determinedly. Thanks to that, the English team opened the score after just 3 minutes of rolling the ball after a sharp attack. Wan-Bissaka passed the ball just as McTominay’s momentum crossed. The Scottish midfielder stretched to create conditions for Hojlund to move and then cushion the ball from close range.
By the 28th minute, the score was 2-0 for the Red Devils, starting with a quick counterattack and the scorer was still Hojlund. But the last minutes of the first half were truly crazy.
At minute 42, the referee consulted VAR and gave Rashford a direct red card. Immediately after that, in the 45th minute, Elyounoussi shortened the score for Copenhagen. The first half had up to 13 minutes of overtime and at minute 45+7, the home team was awarded a penalty. Diogo Goncalves was the penalty taker and completed the task.
Playing without players in the entire second half, Man Utd was the team that came out on top. After handballing the ball caused United to receive a penalty in the first half, Maguire won the penalty in the second half. Bruno Fernandes scored decisively, putting the “Red Devils” ahead again.
However, Man Utd’s defense system crumbled in the last minutes. In the 83rd and 87th minutes, Lerager and Bardghji scored golden goals. Thanks to that, Copenhagen came back to win 4-3.
FT: Copenhagen 4-3 Man Utd
Copenhagen: Elyounoussi 45′, Goncalves 45+9′ (penalty), Lerager 83′, Bardghji 87′
Man Utd: Hojlund 3′ – 28′, Fernandes 69′ (penalty)
Man Utd: Rashford 42′
Copenhagen: Grabara, Ankersen, Vavro, Diks, Jelert, Lerager, Falk, Goncalves, Elyounoussi, Claesson, Achouri
Man United: Onana, Wan Bissaka, Evans, Maguire, Dalot, McTominay, Eriksen, Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford, Hojlund
The drop in form of Copenhagen players right now is quite impressive. In the last 5 matches in all competitions, the Danish team won 4 and received only 1 defeat. Copenhagen’s loss was against Man Utd in the first leg at Old Trafford two weeks ago. That can be considered an unfortunate defeat, because Copenhagen missed an 11m penalty in the last minute of injury time.
The loss to United left Copenhagen at the bottom of the table with only 1 point gained from the draw with Galatasay in the opening match. If they want to compete for the top two spots or at least third place and a ticket to the Europa League, Copenhagen understands that they need to reclaim the debt they lost in the first leg. However, this will not be a simple task for the Danish team.
On the opposite side of the field, before the Premier League series last weekend, the playing spirit of Man Utd players seriously deteriorated with the loss of 2 consecutive matches at home at Old Trafford with a score of 0-3. against Man City (Premier League) and Newcastle (English League Cup). Coach Erik Ten Hag’s chair became violently shaken and he understood that it was necessary to quickly bring MU back to a winning trajectory.
Despite some difficulties, captain Bruno Fernandes’s brilliant situation in stoppage time helped United get the minimum victory. That was Man Utd’s third consecutive away victory, a completely different achievement from the previous two matches, which were all losses at the Theater of Dreams. Not only that, this victory also helps the Red Devils’ dressing room become less tense. However, it will not be easy for United to continue being so lucky in their trip to Denmark.