Aalborg qualify despite defeat in Portugal

While red cards sink Lions

AaB Aalborg football team managed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League last night despite losing 0-2 in Portugal against group strugglers Rio Ave.

Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 win against Steaua Bucharest in Romania meant the Danes finished second in Group J with nine points (courtesy of winning their homes games and losing their away games), two points ahead of the Romanians who they lost to 0-6 in their first game.

”Right now we are disappointed with our performance, but when we take stock later on, we can be happy about qualifying,” Rasmus Würtz, the AaB captain, told nordjyske.dk.

”It's not just because of Dynamo Kiev that we are progressing, but we needed their help today. All in all, we can look back at a fantastic year and hopefully look forward to another one next year.”

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Red mist in Copenhagen
FC Copenhagen finished off their disappointing Europa League campaign with a barrage of red cards and a sound thrashing at the hands of Torino at Parken in Group B.

Tied at 1-1 in the first half, Mikael Antonsson and Mathias Zanka Jørgensen were both sent off in the space of ten minutes. The Danes eventually lost 1-5.

AaB will find out their opponents in the knockout stage in Geneva on Monday at 13:00. They will either face a group winner or one of the eight teams that finished third in their groups in the Champions League.