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København v Manchester City Live Commentary, 11/10/2022

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That's all for today, goodbye!
Manchester City still lead Group G with 10 points while Copenhagen move into third, overtaking Sevilla. The Danish side will face Brondby on the weekend, with their next Champions League fixture coming on the 25th of October against Sevilla. Manchester City travel to Dortmund on the same day but will be facing Liverpool in the Premier League this Sunday.
The first half was dictated by VAR with three big decisions made in the first 30 minutes of action. Rodri thought he put City ahead after he scored an audacious half-volley from outside the box, but VAR showed that Mahrez handled the ball in the build-up. Referee Arthur Soares Dias then made his way to the monitor again as Boilesen was penalised for a handball in the box. Mahrez stepped up to take the penalty but Grabara saved low to his left to stop the effort. Gomez was then sent off for a last-man challenge following a check by Dias again at the monitor in the 30th minute. The second half was very quiet from both sides as Man City struggled with Alvarez very isolated in attack and Copenhagen, although being the better side, lacked the killer instinct needed to try and win the game.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: COPENHAGEN 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY
P. Mukairu
M. Stamenic
København
90' + 3' Mukairu comes on for Stamenic in the final minute.
Rúben Dias
Yellow Card
Manchester City
90' + 2' Dias is into the referee's book after a reckless challenge.
90' + 2' Gundogan has a go from 25 yards out but it is an easy save for Grabara from the tame effort.
90' There will be a minimum of three additional minutes.
90' Stamenic sends Gundogan the wrong way before firing a shot with his left foot, but his effort is wide of the left post.
N. Aké
Aymeric Laporte
Manchester City
88' Ake replaces Laporte on the left side of the Man City defence for the final few minutes.
86' Both teams are still finding it difficult to break into the final third and create a good goal-scoring opportunity.
84' Cancelo has time outside the box and fires a shot low towards the bottom left corner, but Grabara saves it well.
M. Stamenic
Yellow Card
København
82' Stamenic receives a yellow card and will miss the next game in this competition.
82' Copenhagen are doing well in the build-up for their attacks but they are lacking the final pass or 'killer instinct' needed to score against a side like Man City.
K. Diks
D. Khocholava
København
80' Diks replaces Khocholava in the Copenhagen defence.
78' Akanji is able to continue and is back on the pitch.
P. Foden
J. Grealish
Manchester City
77' Foden replaces Grealish on the left side of the Man City frontline.
Bernardo Silva
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
77' Silva replaces De Bruyne in the Man City midfield.
76' Akanji is receiving treatment on the pitch.
74' Daramy is making countless runs in behind the Man City defence but Copenhagen are choosing to be patient with their build-up play.
72' Kristansen wins the ball in the opposition half as he tackles Akanji, but he cannot find a team-mate in the box with his low cross.
70' This fixture is being fought very evenly with both sides scrambling in the midfield and slightly struggling in the final third.
68' Man City have missed 24 penalties in all competitions under Pep Guardiola, nine more than any other Premier League club since the Spaniard took charge.
66' De Bruyne finds himself in some space near the box and sends a cross towards Alvarez, but Boilesen clears it away.
64' Gundogan and his team-mates are growing in frustration as they cannot find a way to create a scoring chance against Copenhagen at the moment.
62' Man City are enjoying their first prolonged spell on the ball in this second half, but are still struggling to find a way to breakdown Copenhagen.
Í. Bergmann Jóhannesson
H. Haraldsson
København
59' Johannesson replaces Haraldsson in the Copenhagen attack.
58' It is clear that the extra man for Copenhagen is hindering Man CIty when attacking. They are constantly outnumbered and struggling to break forward on counter-attacks.
56' Copenhagen have had 58 per cent of possession to start this second half and are looking dangerous when going forward.
54' Man City lose the ball in sloppy fashion through Gundogan and Stamenic is given time and space to shoot. It is a poor effort from the midfielder, who fails to hit the target.
52' Cancelo tries to find Alvarez in the box with a cross but Grabara claims it in the air. The Argentine striker is very isolated in the box.
50' Akanji wins a big defensive header to clear the ball but Copenhagen are attacking and pressing with great intensity. They are also attacking the main stand, which is bouncing at the moment.
48' Copenhagen are starting the second half really well and pushing Man City deeper into their own half.
46' Copenhagen get the second half underway!
Both sides are still very much in this game, with Copenhagen being handed a boost by the red card. The hosts pressed with good intensity for the whole of the first half but it will be interesting to see if they can do it for the second period too. Man City will look to keep dominating possession but playing with one less attacker, with Mahrez being substituted, will be difficult.
The first half has been dictated by VAR with three big decisions made in the first 30 minutes of action. Rodri thought he put City ahead after he scored an audacious half-volley from outside the box, but VAR showed that Mahrez handled the ball in the build-up. Referee Arthur Soares Dias then made his way to the monitor again as Boilesen was penalised for a handball in the box. Mahrez stepped up to take the penalty but Grabara saved low to his left to stop the effort. Gomez was then sent off for a last-man challenge following a check by Dias again at the monitor in the 30th minute.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: COPENHAGEN 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY
45' + 5' De Bruyne wins a corner but his cross from the set-piece is poor and Copenhagen clear it at the near post.
45' + 3' Boilesen is back on the field after the physios treat his injury.
45' + 2' Boilesen is receiving treatment on the pitch for a knee injury.
45' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
44' Man City are still dominating the ball but Copenhagen are keeping the intensity of their press very high.
42' Daramy tries to beat Akanji one-on-one but the defender is too quick and too strong for the winger. Daramy is playing very direct when he receives the ball and it is helping his side.
40' Copenhagen look comfortable when defending Man City and are being patient when going forward. The home crowd is pushing their team on to take something from this half of football.
38' Guardiola switches his formation again as Cancelo moves to left-back, Dias into the middle of defence, and Akanji to right-back.
V. Lund Jensen
Yellow Card
København
35' Lund receives a yellow card for a poor challenge on De Bruyne.
35' Guardiola is seeming to change his side's formation to a 4-3-2 due to the red card. Grealish and Alvarez are leading the attack and Dias is playing at left-back.
Rúben Dias
R. Mahrez
Manchester City
32' Dias comes on for Mahrez to add defensive cover for Gomez.
Sergio Gómez
Red Card
Manchester City
30' RED CARD! Gomez receives a red card after fouling the last man outside the box!
29' VAR CHECK! There is now a VAR check for a red card against Gomez after a challenge near the box.
27' Man City have had 74.4 per cent of possession in the opening 27 minutes of this game. Although Copenhagen do look capable of scoring, the visitors look far more likely.
K. Grabara
Penalty Save
København
25' Grabara keeps the scoreline level after diving the right way to stop Mahrez's penalty!
R. Mahrez
Penalty Miss
Manchester City
25' MAHREZ MISSES! Mahrez tries to slot the ball into the bottom left corner but Grabara guesses correctly and saves the penalty!
24' PENALTY GIVEN! Man City win a penalty after Boilesen handles the ball in the box from a corner! Mahrez to take it.
23' VAR CHECK! The referee is checking for a handball against Boilesen in the box!
22' De Bruyne plays the ball to Laporte on the left side of the box. The defender sends a low cross into the box but Grabara claims it following a deflection.
20' De Bruyne takes his marker on down the left wing and crosses the ball to Mahrez. The winger heads it into the path of Rodri, who fires over the bar with his weaker foot.
18' Copenhagen are continuing to press high up the pitch and it is working for them. They intercept and pass from Ederson and win a corner after the goalkeeper tips Lerager's shot over the bar.
16' Claesson receives treatment on the pitch for a head injury. He is able to continue following checks from the physios.
14' Man City are still dominating the ball and searching for an opener. The Rodri effort is not discouraging the hosts despite the danger being very clear.
11' GOAL DISALLOWED! Rodri thinks he puts Man City in the lead with an outrageous striker but it has been disallowed by the referee due to a handball in the build-up from Mahrez!
9' Man City are dominating the ball to start this game but Copenhagen are defending well behind the ball. The only threat for the hosts at the moment is the counter-attack.
7' CLOSE! Man City counter very quickly after regaining possession on the edge of their box. Grealish plays Alvarez through and the striker shoots across goal with his left foot, but his shot goes wide of the far post.
5' Ederson gives away a cheap corner after failing to control the ball from Akanji's pass. The corner fails to beat the first man for Copenhagen.
3' Man City are showing a lot of composure on the ball and moving it around well despite a small press from Copenhagen to start the game.
1' Alvarez gets the game underway for Man City!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Copenhagen are one of two sides yet to score in the Champions League this season, the other being Rangers. Copenhagen have never gone four games without scoring in the competition.
Jacob Neestrup makes four changes from the reverse fixture last week as Boilesen, Lund, Jelert, and Haraldsson come into the starting lineup. Pep Guardiola makes three changes as De Bruyne, Rodri, and Akanji replace Haaland, Silva, and Dias.
SUBS: Nathan Ake, Scott Carson, Ruben Dias, Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Rico Lewis, Stefan Ortega, Cole Palmer, Bernardo Silva, Josh Wilson-Esbrand.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Manuel Akanji, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Gomez; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish.
SUBS: Karl-Johan Johnsson, Mathew Ryan, Kevin Diks, Christian Sorensen, Isak Johannesson, Paul Mukairu, Peter Ankersen, William Clem, Roony Bardghji.
Copenhagen (3-4-3): Kamil Grabara; Nicolai Boilesen, Davit Khocholava, Valdemar Lund; Victor Kristiansen, Lukas Lerager, Marko Stamenic, Elias Jelert; Mohamed Daramy, Hakon Haraldsson, Viktor Claesson.
Man City extended their winning streak to six games after beating Southampton 4-0 in their last fixture. They have scored 24 goals in those six wins and could secure a place in the knockout rounds with a victory tonight.
Copenhagen are currently bottom of Group G having picked up just one point from their opening three games. Following their 5-0 defeat to Man City last week, the Danish side also dropped points on the weekend to Nordsjaellend.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the UEFA Champions League fixture between Copenhagen and Manchester City.