In a thrilling UEFA Champions League match at Parken Stadium, FC Copenhagen secured a memorable victory over Manchester United with late goals from Lukas Lerager and Roony Bardghji. This result has increased the pressure on United and their manager Erik ten Hag. With Bayern Munich already through to the next round, tonight’s teams, along with Galatasaray, will now battle it out for the remaining last-16 and Europa League spots. The race is incredibly tight, with just a single point separating the teams. To make matters worse for United, they will have to face their two remaining fixtures without Marcus Rashford, who was sent off in this match.
United started the game brightly, showcasing their attacking prowess with a well-executed move that led to a tap-in goal for Rasmus Hojlund within the first three minutes. The Danish side seemed to be in control when Hojlund found the back of the net again on the 28th minute. However, United’s tendency to create their own problems came to the fore just before half-time, as Marcus Rashford received a red card.
Almost immediately after Rashford’s dismissal, Mohamed Elyounousi pulled a goal back for FC Copenhagen. The drama continued as Harry Maguire conceded a penalty in the dying moments of the first half, which Diogo Goncalves calmly converted.
Despite being a man down, United started the second half strongly and managed to take the lead through a penalty of their own. Maguire’s header struck Lerager’s arm, resulting in a spot-kick that Bruno Fernandes confidently dispatched into the roof of the net. It seemed like United had something to hold onto.
However, their lead was short-lived. Diogo Dalot failed to mark Lerager at the back post, allowing him to equalize for FC Copenhagen in the 83rd minute. The Danish side’s substitute, Bardghji, then sealed the victory with a clinical finish in the 87th minute, sending the Parken Stadium into a frenzy of celebration.
This defeat will undoubtedly increase the pressure on Manchester United and their manager, Erik ten Hag. With their star player Rashford suspended for the next two matches, United will need to regroup quickly if they want to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League.