Match ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 2.
The New Saints 0-2 FC Copenhagen
Copenhagen took control of their Champions League second qualifying round tie against The New Saints with a comfortable win at Park Hall.
Pieros Sotiriou gave the Danish side the lead, turning in Karlo Bartolec's low cross into the near post.
Sotiriou was involved for the visitors' second goal after being brought down for a penalty by Keston Davies, with Robert Skov converting the spot kick.
The Welsh side now face an uphill task to qualify in the away leg on 31 July.
Copenhagen, who won the 2018-19 Danish Superliga by 11 points clear of second placed Midtjylland, showed their pedigree and goal attempts were few and far between for the home side, although Aeron Edwards, Adrian Cieslewicz and Jamie Mullan had half-chances.
The Danes - who have reached the group stages on four occasions - are now favourites to advance to the third qualifying round by wrapping up the tie at their Parken Stadium next Wednesday.
Saints progressed to the second qualifying round after a 3-2 aggregate win over Kosovan side Feronikeli.
New Saints manager Scott Ruscoe told BBC Sport Wales:
"They're a good side but they didn't really carve us open on numerous occasions, got the penalty which we'll have to have a look at again.
"I don't really want to do too much commenting in case it's a blatant penalty, but I think he's [Sotiriou] had his chance [to shoot], missed it and how often would you get the ball brought back and the penalty?
"Really it's hard enough as it is, they don't need the ref trying to help them out."
The New Saints
- 4DaviesBooked at 58mins
- 11CieslewiczSubstituted forNembhardat 75'minutes
- 17EbbeSubstituted forDraperat 56'minutes
- 14N'DoyeSubstituted forWindat 45'minutes
- 9SotiriouSubstituted forFischerat 62'minutes
- 33Falk JensenSubstituted forGonçalves Rodriguesat 35'minutes
- 10Gonçalves Rodrigues
- Alexander Harkam
Second Half ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 2.
Substitution, The New Saints. Joash Nembhard replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.
Substitution, FC København. Viktor Fischer replaces Pieros Sotiriou.
Goal! The New Saints 0, FC København 2. Robert Skov (FC København) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
Keston Davies (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Dean Ebbe.
Second Half begins The New Saints 0, FC København 1.
Substitution, FC København. Jonas Wind replaces Dame N'Doye.
First Half ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 1.
Substitution, FC København. Zeca replaces Rasmus Falk Jensen.
Goal! The New Saints 0, FC København 1. Pieros Sotiriou (FC København) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.