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Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s 10-man side made to wait on last-16 place

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Riyad Mahrez has failed to score two of his last three penalties in all competitions for Manchester City

Ten-man Manchester City missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out as they were made to wait to reach the last 16 of the Champions League by Copenhagen in a VAR-dominated contest.

A dramatic opening saw two contentious decisions set the tone for the evening.

Rodri’s superb 25-yard effort for City was ruled out after Riyad Mahrez was penalised for handling, while the visitors benefited by being awarded a penalty when the ball struck home defender Nicolai Boilesen on the arm as he competed for a corner with Manuel Akanji.

But Copenhagen goalkeeper Kamil Grabara brilliantly saved Mahrez’s spot-kick to the delight of a raucous Parken Stadium crowd before Pep Guardiola’s side had Sergio Gomez sent-off for a professional foul on 19-year-old forward Hakon Haraldsson five minutes later.

The decision again came after the Portuguese referee Artur Dias was referred to the pitch-side monitor and left the English champions forced to reshape and play the final hour a man down.

City will still qualify for the knock-out phase of the competition if Sevilla fail to beat Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s other Group G fixture.

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FC Copenhagen

  1. Squad number1Player nameGrabara

  2. Squad number5Player nameKhocholava

  3. Squad number20Player nameBoilesen

  4. Squad number27Player nameLund

  5. Squad number19Player nameJelert

  6. Squad number35Player nameStamenic

  7. Squad number12Player nameLerager

  8. Squad number34Player nameKristiansen

  9. Squad number7Player nameClaesson

  10. Squad number30Player nameHaraldsson

  11. Squad number15Player nameDaramy

  1. Squad number2Player nameDiks

  2. Squad number8Player nameJóhannesson

  3. Squad number17Player nameMukairu

Manchester City

  1. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
  2. Squad number6Player nameAké
  3. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
  4. Squad number47Player nameFoden


FC Copenhagen

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Grabara
  • 5KhocholavaSubstituted forDiksat 80′minutes
  • 20Boilesen
  • 27LundBooked at 36mins
  • 19Jelert
  • 35StamenicBooked at 82minsSubstituted forMukairuat 90+3′minutes
  • 12Lerager
  • 34Kristiansen
  • 7Claesson
  • 30HaraldssonSubstituted forJóhannessonat 60′minutes
  • 15Daramy


  • 2Diks
  • 6Sørensen
  • 8Jóhannesson
  • 17Mukairu
  • 21Johnsson
  • 22Ankersen
  • 36Clem
  • 40Bardghji
  • 51Ryan

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Ederson
  • 7Cancelo
  • 25Akanji
  • 14LaporteSubstituted forAkéat 88′minutes
  • 21GómezBooked at 30mins
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forRúben Diasat 33′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 77′minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forFodenat 78′minutes
  • 19Álvarez


  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 9Haaland
  • 18Ortega
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 33Carson
  • 47Foden
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Lewis
  • 97Wilson-Esbrand

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