FC Copenhagen stumble at final Champions League hurdle

An away goal aggregate loss means the Lions will settle for the Europa League this season

FC Copenhagen fans will have to settle for taking part in the Europa League this season, following their team’s away goal aggregate loss last night to Qarabag.

The Lions did win the game 2-1, but their 0-1 loss away to the Azeri side last week spelt an end to their Champions League dreams.

“We played a good game today and our last two home games have been fine. We created six-seven chances and they only created two – but they scored on their two chances,” said FCK coach, Ståle Solbakken.

“Overall, I’m satisfied with the effort today, despite their goal perhaps looking a little to easy.”

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Dino’s dagger
FCK had evened the tie up when Federico Santander put them 1-0 up on the stroke of half time. The Danes looked a good bet to progress at that point, but suddenly the tide turned on the hour as a completely unmarked Dino Ndlovu equalised.

Andrija Pavlovic headed FCK ahead moments later, but the Lions couldn’t find the third and decisive goal that would have seen them through.

Instead, they find themselves in the Europa League pot on Friday, perhaps along with FC Midtjylland, who will try to overcome a 2-3 deficit to Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol tonight at 20:00.