Despite a heroic performance, FC Copenhagen are finished in Europe following a 0-1 loss in extra time to Manchester United in the Europa League quarterfinals last night.
The Lions were not expected to provide much of a challenge for surging United, but the Danes gave a fine account of themselves, even managing to create a few chances of their own.
United, however, had the lion’s share of chances, hitting the post twice and having two goals correctly disallowed by VAR for offside.
But it was still FCK who provided some of the most memorable moments of the night, highlighted by Rasmus Falk’s moment of genius in the second half.
Just when it seemed the FCK midfielder had been closed down on the end line, he pulled off a ‘Redondo’ move and darted past two United players to create a massive chance – ultimately squandered.
A Swede on fire
FCK keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson had an outstanding game as well, setting a new Europa League record with 13 out of 14 shots on goal saved.
However, there was nothing the Swede could do about an arguably weakly-given Bruno Fernandes penalty in extra time.
In the end, the FCK players ran out of gas and United held on for the win. Coach Ståle Solbakken praised his players.
“Of course I am disappointed when we were so close, but I can’t ask more of the players. Everyone gave everything they had, physically and mentally, and we were in it until the very end,” said Solbakken.