FC Copenhagen given Belgian beating in Europa League

Aalborg lose with ten men in Kiev

A rough night for the Danish teams in Europa League last night leaves their chances of qualifying for the last 32 of the Europa League looking increasingly unlikely.

FC Copenhagen were thrashed 0-4 at home at Parken, while AaB Aalborg lost 0-2 away at Dynamo Kiev, despite their opposition having a player sent off in the 67th minute.

Poor at Parken
The Lions were unable to follow up on their good performance in Brugges two week ago when they were unlucky to only draw.  

A dismal first-half performance saw the the Belgians lead by three goals at the break, and they now lead Group B ahead of Torino, who surprisingly lost 1-2 to HJK Helsinki in Finland.

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Woe in Ukraine
AaB had beaten the Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev soundly last round in Aalborg and were in a position to notch another win when the Ukrainians were reduced to ten men in the second half with the score still 0-0.

But instead the Danes managed to concede two minutes later and then another in injury time to leave them still third after Steaua Bucharest rescued a last minute draw away to Portuguese outfit Rio Ave.

The road ahead
AaB take on the Romanians at home in the next round on November 27 – a win will see them leapfrog them into second and put them in a strong position ahead of their trip to Rio Ave.

Meanwhile, the Lions travel to Helsinki and then host Torino in two must-win games. However, should FCK (four points) win them, and Torino (seven points) beat Brugges (eight points), it could come down to aggregate goal difference over their two games. Should FCK win 1-0, the same scoreline they lost by in Italy, they will know that it might not be enough. The Italians currently have a five-goal advantage.