FCK off to good start in Europe

But Aalborg are crushed in Romania

FC Copenhagen got off to a good start in the Europa League last night, beating HJK Helsinki 2-0 at Parken. The win puts the Lions top of group B ahead of Club Brugge and Torino, who drew 0-0 in Belgium.

After a goalless first half and a missed penalty by Andreas Cornelius in the second, a brace by substitute Nicolai Jørgensen in the last half-hour of the match sealed the win for FCK.

Meanwhile in Group J, AaB Aalborg were demolished away from home by Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest 0-6 thanks to a red card and a subsequent collapse in the second half.

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Nine-minute hat-trick
After keeper Nicolai Larsen was sent off after 57 minutes, Claudiu Keseru netted a hat-trick in just nine minutes against the hapless Danes.

In Group J’s other match, Portuguese club Rio Ave lost at home 0-3 to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev.

Up next on October 2 for FCK is a trip to Italian outfit Torino, while AaB will look to redeem themselves against Rio Ave at home.