Champions League - Qualifying Second Round - 1st Leg
The New Saints0FC Copenhagen2

The New Saints 0-2 FC Copenhagen

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'I couldn't ask any more from the players' - The New Saints boss Scott Ruscoe

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.

The New Saints" Aeron Edwards and Copenhagen goalkeeper Sten Grytebust battle for the ball
The New Saints" Aeron Edwards and Copenhagen goalkeeper Sten Grytebust battle for the ball

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."

Line-ups

The New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 8Brobbel
  • 10Redmond
  • 4DaviesBooked at 58mins
  • 2Spender
  • 24Harrington
  • 6Routledge
  • 11CieslewiczSubstituted forNembhardat 75'minutes
  • 14Mullan
  • 23Edwards
  • 17EbbeSubstituted forDraperat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Marriott
  • 5Hughes
  • 9Draper
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 25Roberts
  • 32Whitehouse

FC Copenhagen

  • 13Grytebust
  • 14N'DoyeSubstituted forWindat 45'minutes
  • 4Papagiannopoulos
  • 3Bengtsson
  • 9SotiriouSubstituted forFischerat 62'minutes
  • 6Stage
  • 33Falk JensenSubstituted forGonçalves Rodriguesat 35'minutes
  • 17Bartolec
  • 25Nelsson
  • 29Skov
  • 26Holse

Substitutes

  • 2Varela
  • 5Bjelland
  • 7Fischer
  • 8Thomsen
  • 10Gonçalves Rodrigues
  • 21Johnsson
  • 23Wind
Referee:
Alexander Harkam
Attendance:
1,230

Live Text

Match ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 2.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Joash Nembhard replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Viktor Fischer replaces Pieros Sotiriou.

Goal!

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.

Booking

Keston Davies (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Dean Ebbe.

Second Half

Second Half begins The New Saints 0, FC København 1.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Jonas Wind replaces Dame N'Doye.

Half Time

First Half ends, The New Saints 0, FC København 1.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Zeca replaces Rasmus Falk Jensen.

Goal!

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.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Bruges61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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