German outfit Bayer Leverkusen outclassed FC Copenhagen in last night’s Champions League playoff first round match as the Lions suffered a 2-3 defeat at home at Parken.
It looked like the Danes were in for a long night after the Germans took the lead after just five minutes, but in a rollercoaster of a match, FCK found themselves in the lead just ten minutes later thanks to set-piece goals from Mathias Zanka Jørgensen and youngster Daniel Amartey.
But FCK then squandered a huge chance to go two up before Leverkusen showed their class to score twice to take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
Neither side managed to score in the second half and the Danes will now need to deliver a minor miracle and win by two in Germany next week on Wednesday.
Aalborg up tonight
FCK captain Thomas Delaney was disappointed after the match, suggesting the Lions defended poorly.
“There’s a difference in class at times, but the headline I suppose is that we defended badly,” Delaney told the 3+ TV channel.
“We created the chances we could expect and perhaps even more, but we have to be honest and say that we defended poorly today.”
Denmark’s other team in the Champions League playoff, Aab Alborg, take on Cypriots Apoel tonight at 20:45 – a match that can be viewed on 3+.