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UEFA Champions League
November 5, 2013
• Parken, København
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 36204
D. Braaten 6'
That's all we've got time for in tonight's Champions League action, we hope that you enjoyed Copenhagen's historic 1-0 victory over Galatasaray, leaving Group B poised brilliantly for the next round of fixtures. I've been Simon Harrison, and I'll see you again next time.
That result throws Group B wide open, as Juventus drop points against Real Madrid in tonight's other game, leaving Roberto Mancini's men with a chance of stealing second spot if they can pick themselves up quickly. On that evidence however, if Sneijder is absent, so are Galatasaray.
A sixth minute goal proved enough for the home side, a lovely improvised backheel from Daniel Braaten, and what a scenario to net your first goal for your club! Galatasaray knocked on the door in the second half, but a disciplined performance from Copenhagen awarded them the heroic victory!
FULL TIME! COPENHAGEN REMAIN IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! They remain unbeaten in this competition at Parken, beating Galatasaray in a famous 1-0 win! Solbakken and his players look as though they've won the semi-final, not merely won a group game!
90' + 3'
BULUT! Riera clips a wonderful ball onto the chest of his teammate, who stood with his back to goal on the penalty spot, but an attempted volley on the turn fails miserably for the substitute!
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Jorgensen chases down the visiting back four, giving nobody any time on the ball to launch an accurate direct ball forward. The away side look devoid of inspiration and don't look like they can orchestrate a late comeback here.
90' + 1'
Four minutes of added time have been awarded, still time for Galatasaray to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat here.
Solbakken continues to not win himself any friends in the Champions League, opting to roll a dead ball towards one of his players extremely slowly, rather than pass it to a player directly next to him. A cheeky bit of time-wasting from the Norwegian boss.
The home side are hunting in packs, not allowing their markers to turn once in possession, and the away side are being repeatedly forced further and further back. Only a few minutes remain, Copenhagen look set for three points!
Copenhagen manage to hold onto possession for a couple of minutes, forcing the visitors to chase in vain. This has been the perfect performance from the underdogs tonight, and Galatasaray have really missed the creative inspiration of Wesley Sneijder, they've had no real cutting edge in midfield tonight.
Five minutes on the clock, and there are a lot of nervous Galatasaray fans inside Parken this evening! The home crowd are just about finding their voice, mustering up a few chants without wanting to appear over-confident, but the away side are still misfiring going forward.
BURAK! Riera floats in a free-kick from deep on the left hand side, but the Turkey international can't get the power required to turn the ball beyond Wiland! The Copenhagen keeper pats down the effort calmly, he'll deal with those all night.
Poor goalkeeping from Wiland, but Galatasaray can't capitalise! The goalkeeper flaps at a Riera cross, but the rebound falls to a white shirt rather than the feet of an opposition player! Plenty of white shirts continue to fill the hosts' penalty area, it's do or die for them now!
Ten minutes left on the clock, and tensions are beginning to rise. The atmosphere has gone a little flat as the nerves set in, and Copenhagen are edging towards what would be a historic victory over such illustrious opponents.
Well, both managers have showed their colours now, with Mancini clearly noting that a loss and perhaps a draw is not good enough for his side's aspirations in the competition. A win is best for the Turkish side, of course.
Brilliantly challenge from Jacobsen! The former West Ham defender races back to slide in and dispossess Burak as the Turkish international looked to cross from the byline. The skipper has been in inspirational form in the second half.
Copenhagen look to be trying to shut up shop here, making substitutions to ensure that he has fresh legs on the field in areas that need it, as the hosts look to continually close down space and force the away side into certain zones. Mancini however, throws on a striker!
DROGBA! Excellent move from Galatasaray! The ball is intricately and quickly shifting around several players in the final third, before Drogba finds the ball at his feet around 20 yards from goal! It's tough for him to generate power, as the ball got under his feet a little, and the Ivory Coast international can only fire straight at Wiland!
Good interception from Jacobsen! His experience really showed there, as the Dane passed the ball composedly back to his goalkeeper having just robbed Drogba of the ball inside the penalty box!
Another half chance for Drogba! Galatasaray work the ball around the edge of the Copenhagen box well yet again, before Eboue picks the ball up on the byline. A good ball in looks to be the perfect assist for Drogba to nod home, but Jacobsen recovers brilliantly to clear the danger! Not sure quite how the right-back managed that!
With twenty minutes left on the clock, Copenhagen are chasing what will be only their third clean sheet in 23 games! It would be quite a feat for the hosts, but Parken is a notoriously difficult place to go in European competition.
DROGBA! After a shot from Eboue is blocked, Drogba picks up the pieces, before firing a shot at Wiland's near post! The hosts' keeper does well to palm it behind for a corner, before Copenhagen head clear yet again from the resulting set piece.
Rather comical defending from Riera, as the Spaniard seems to entirely miscontrol the ball and deflect it out of play for a Copenhagen corner. Fortunately for the former Liverpool winger, his mistake didn't prove costly. He's had a torrid game, his defensive contribution has been detrimental to the side's performance.
Half an hour left, and Copenhagen look rather comfortable as they look to maintain their unbeaten home record in this competition. Solbakken's system is working, with the dynamic Drogba and Burak being the only real bright sparks in a bland visiting eleven.
Excellent play from Drogba! The former Chelsea man has the beating of Jacobsen, outmuscling and outpacing the Denmark international, before thrashing a cross toward the back post. Burak rises well, but can't turn the ball towards goal, given the pace of the delivery.
BRAATEN! Galatasaray give the ball away in midfield through Riera, allowing for Bolanos to pick up the pieces. The substitute spots the run of Braaten, who is making a beeline for a large space in between Kaya and Chedjou, but the Norway international hasn't got the pace to meet what was a good through ball.
Unfortunate for Bengtsson! Copehagen foray forward for the first time in the second half, exchanging a one-two with Toutouh in the penalty area, before failing to control the return pass. Encouraging signs for the hosts, they're not just here to relentlessly and negatively defend.
GREAT BALL! Bruma cuts inside Jacobsen, dispatching a lovely dipping cross into the six yard box, forcing Wiland to rush out to attempt to claim. The Copenhagen keeper misses it, but his presence is enough to prevent Drogba from getting any clear contact on the loose ball!
MELO! The Brazilian almost manages to convert from a corner, steaming into the front post to try to make any kind of contact with the ball! It avoids him, striking a couple of legs before being hoofed clear by a Copenhagen defender.
Iscan flaps at a corner delivery, as Bengtsson's ball in troubles the 22-year-old, who appears to throw himself to the ground in the hope of picking up a foul. The referee waves away the keeper's claims, rightfully. That would have been incredibly soft.
DROGBA! The Ivory Coast international tries to nod the ball across the six yard box in search of his striker partner Yilmaz, but the contact is poor and the former Chelsea man heads the ball out for a goal kick. Copenhagen continue to frustrate, Mancini's men are having no luck offensively.
Gislason has gone down with seemingly an ankle injury, and the Costa Rica international Bolanos is readying himself for being thrown into the fray. It doesn't look like Gislason is too pleased, but he landed awkwardly and seems to have no choice but to leave the field.
Riera overlaps down the left hand side, but the Spaniard slips over and is robbed of possession by Jacobsen. Plenty of players are losing their footing on what is a greasy Parken pitch, maybe a few should have changed their boots at the break!
Only one Copenhagen player strides around the Galatasaray half, showing exactly what the hosts are trying to do in this second period of 45 minutes. Claudemir and Delaney are sat deep, creating a congested middle third, and it seems to be a moment of brilliance from Yilmaz or Drogba that will open this game up.
Galatasaray have started this second half on top, as Copenhagen continue to try and frustrate their opposition. Plenty of white shirts behind the ball, as Solbakken's game plan continues to work, forcing the away side into a direct style of play.
Terrible ball from Aydin Yilmaz, he's probably going to be the first name on the substitution board for Galatasaray at this rate! He's worked relentlessly, and may perhaps feel that he could have seen Sigurdsson receive a red card, but quality is lacking from the midfielder.
A slight change of set-up for Galatasaray, as Burak Yilmaz looks to have been shifted out to the left hand side, presumably to cut inside and cause some problems, while also leaves the space for Riera to break into from left-back. An interesting switch by Mancini.
We are back underway, and Galatasaray need three points here to have any real chance of progressing further in this season's Champions League competition. Not only this, but I don't think that Roberto Mancini will be prepared to leave with anything but the victory.
Copehagen's supporters may think that their side can go onto a greater margin of victory in the second half, as optimism is recently possible for the Danish side. Their 4-0 league win over Nordjaelland at the weekend was their highest-scoring win of 2013, why can't they replicate that tonight?
Both sides have managed the same amount of chances, with the hosts having an impressive six corners to the visitors mere one. Solbakken's side certainly haven't robbed Galatasaray on the balance of the first half, but the Turkish side have started to assert their dominance gradually.
Chances have fallen to Drogba and Bruma, but Mancini's side are struggling to find a way through the organised ranks of Copenhagen. Solbakken ensures his sides are hard to beat here in Parken, and Galatasaray will need to go up a gear after the break to gain a favourable result.
HALF TIME! The Danish side have a somewhat surprising 1-0 lead at the midway point, as a sixth minute goal from Daniel Braaten has given the hosts something to defend. Galatasaray have created half chances, but not anything convincing.
45' + 1'
Copenhagen win a corner, as Gilarson's shot is deflected over the bar and into the home support, but the delivery comes to nothing. That should be it for the first half, I think!
Delightful through ball from Burak Yilmaz, as he tries to find his namesake Aydin, but the left sided midfielder fails to take the ball into his stride and continue into the Copenhagen penalty area. Aydin hasn't had a good first half whatsoever.
DROGBA! That was exceptionally close! A lovely delivery in behind the strangely positioned Bengtsson found the Ivory Coast international, but a ferocious volley from eight yards out whistled over the crossbar with Wiland stranded! So close for the away side!
BRAATEN! HE SHOULD HAVE SCORED! The Norwegian raced through on goal, managing to get in behind Eboue, but passes the ball directly into the goalkeeper's midriff! If he'd have lifted the shot even the slightest amount, that would have been 2-0!
BRUMA! The youngster tried the acrobatics, with an attempted overhead kick at the front post from an Eboue cross, but the Portuguese doesn't get the connection right and Copenhagen clear! Great work from Melo and Bruma to make the space for the Ivory Coast international to deliver the cross.
Copenhagen also show that they too can use the ball usefully, keeping possession with a steady flow of short passes, using Claudemir and Delaney to create the angles. There's a sense of comfort for the hosts, but that could all change should the likes of Drogba and Yilmaz get one clear opportunity.
Half chance for Burak Yilmaz! An excellent run from deep from the Turkish hitman, as he exchanges a one-two with Bruma 20 yards from goal, before darting towards the front post in hope of the return ball reaching him. It's sharp and incisive interplay, but Bruma's intended pass ghosts under the foot of his teammate. Unlucky!
MELO! The Brazilian strikes the post from a corner, turning Riera's set piece delivery onto the foot of the post with Wiland helpless! He reaches his own rebound, but can only direct the ball over the crossbar! That's the closest the visitors have come.
Solbakken will certainly be pleased with the opening half an hour of this game, but I'm not too sure that his Italian counterpart will feel the same sentiments. Galatasaray have failed to create, but for a few hopeful long balls towards the head of Drogba, with the likes of Riera and Eboue looking defensively shaky.
JORGENSEN! The Danish striker tries his luck on the half volley from the edge of the box, but a good block from Kaya denies him. Meanwhile, just inside the 18-yard box, Riera looks to block off Gislason, but the referee ignores the incident altogether.
Delaney uses his strength brilliantly to dispossess Drogba, before the central midfielder moves play along quickly. The two defensive minded midfielders in the middle of the park for Copenhagen have broken up play rather well thus far. Melo and Inan have been ineffectual.
YILMAZ! A.Yilmaz goes down on the edge of the penalty area, throwing himself over the challenge of Sigurdsson, and the visiting fans behind Wiland's goal appeal for a penalty! The right midfielder is quickly back to his feet however, I think the Turk went down a little easily there...
Gala win a free-kick on the left hand side, around 20 yards from goal, after a reckless challenge from Jorgensen. Jacobsen meets the delivery first, however, and the hosts clear. Given Drogba's aerial prowess, set pieces need to be capitalised on!
Thus far, it must be said, Copenhagen's game plan has worked rather well. If Galatasaray had a slower central defensive pairing, they could easily be struggling to get back into this game. Solbakken's side aren't to be baited out, they're sitting smartly in shape and forcing the visitors constantly wide.
Inan tracks back well to prevent a cross from Gislason, as the right winger managed to get inside Riera and then beat Kaya to the byline. The hosts are having some real joy against the Spaniard deployed in defence!
Kaya is fortunately on hand for the away side to pick up the pieces once again, as Copenhagen try to work quick transitions up to Jorgensen whenever they gain possession. They know that they aren't going to dominate the game in this competition, so they're looking to hit Gala on the break.
OFFSIDE! GOOD SAVE FROM WILAND! Bruma has the ball in the net, but the linesman has his flag up rightly! A Burak Yilmaz header was palmed aside by the Copenhagen keeper, allowing for the Portuguese winger to bundle home the rebound, but Bruma started from an offside position!
Solbakken continues to bark out instructions from the edge of his technical area, and the Norwegian manager has his side set up in a rather resilient manner. Two banks of four stand in between the visitors and their chances of a breakthrough goal, as thus far Copenhagen are staying firmly in shape.
CLOSE! Copehagen go close yet again with Gislason firing narrowly wide from a decent area. The Danish side caught Gala on the break, and the right winger used the runs of his teammates to open up some space to shoot on the edge of the penalty area. It thuds into the advertising boards.
Almost a mistake from Sigurdsson! The Icelandic defender tries to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper, but doesn't get good contact on the ball! Burak desperately tries to chase the loose ball, but Wiland gets there first.
Burak runs the ball out of play, as once again Galatasaray's transition into the final third doesn't quite work out. He looks frustratedly back at his teammate, but the visitors are building up a little bit of pressure. Copenhagen are no longer having things their own way.
DROGBA! YILMAZ! The Ivory Coast striker tries to bustle his way through the challenge of Mellberg in the penalty area, but the Swede does just enough to put his man off and clear the ball into touch. Half chances for the Turkish side.
Drogba tries to spin past a couple of challenges 30 yards from goal but he is shepherded out towards the right-hand side. The Ivorian didn't look best pleased with the referee for not awarding him a free kick there, he clearly thought Mellberg had a handful of his shirt.
Well, Copenhagen certainly haven't given a bad account of themselves in the opening ten minutes! Galatasaray have been forced to concede a few corners, find themselves a goal down, with the home fans' chants growing in both confidence and volume.
Riera is called into question yet again, with the Spaniard being played in a somewhat unfamiliar position of left-back. Despite having experience there, the former Liverpool man isn't too adept at defending, and it seems that he was at fault for the goal after losing Braaten.
JORGENSEN! Almost a second turned home by the Dane, as he loses Burak, but it strikes the foot of the post! Drogba clears at the second attempt, as Delaney whipped the rebounding ball back into the box!
GOOOOOAL! COPENHAGEN LEAD 1-0 AT PARKEN! Mancini stands speechless and what a finish that was! The ball from Gislason across the six yard box was brilliant, and the backheel with Braaten was audacious!
Sigurdsson cuts out another dangerous through ball, as Drogba attempts to nod a lofted ball in the direction of Burak Yilmaz. The attempted pass floats over Mellberg, but his central defensive partner is there to mop things up on the edge of the box.
Great recovery from Sigurdsson and later Jacobsen! Both managed to prevent the pair of Yilmaz' from linking up. Burak already looks dangerous, picking the ball up from deep and driving with it.
A positive start from the hosts, as they immediately show their discipline by holding their shape, before shifting the ball out wide to Bengtsson, who attempts to find Toutouh with an early ball. Kaya cuts it out.
We are underway! The atmosphere is pulsating and the home crowd appear rather expectant given that they've never witnessed their side lose in this competition in this stadium.
It looks to be a 4-4-2 set-up for both clubs, with A. Yilmaz and Bruma on either flank for the visitors, facing up against Gislason and former Toulouse man Daniel Braaten. The Norway international should have an interesting battle with Eboue this evening. The Champions League anthem has already rang out in the rather chilly air, and we're about to get started!
Only a few minutes until kick-off, and the teams are taking to the field in a wonderful atmosphere. The visitors have completely sold out of tickets in the away end, but the hosts aren't to be outdone! The home support brandish different colour cards, which together form long white and blue stripes to signify Copenhagen's colours. This is what the Champions League is all about!
Just over a week ago, Burak Yilmaz had unbelievably gone seven matches without finding the back of the net, but what a difference two games can make. Scoring once against Kayserispor and then similarly against Konyaspor, the Turkey international should be brimming with confidence heading into this game tonight!
Copenhagen are in fact unbeaten at home in this competition, managing four wins and three draws in their first seven Champions League matches. Galatasaray could have some inspiration for tonight, however, as Parken Stadium housed the club's UEFA Cup Final victory against Arsenal in the 1999/2000 season.
Regarding recent form, Galatasaray have gained some excellent momentum of late, winning four games consecutively and having previously beaten tonight's adversaries 3-1 in the reverse fixture. Copenhagen have managed two important wins recently, against the likes of Nordsjaelland and OB, but the Turkish side are presumably favourites here this evening.
With Muslera missing, the void is filled by 22-year-old Eray Iscan, who has only made two appearances for Galatasaray's first team! A potential weak link for Copenhagen to exploit, or could the young man with a point to prove perform rather admirably?
Galatasaray substitutes: Gulselam, Nounkeu, Bulut, Amrabat, Sarioglu, Ceylan, Kurtulus.
Galatasaray starting line-up: Iscan; Eboue, Kaya, Chedjou, Riera; Bruma, Inan, Melo, A. Yilmaz; Drogba, Burak Yilmaz.
Copenhagen substitutes: Vetokele, Cesar Santin, Margreitter, Kristensen, Remmer, Bolanos, Jensen.
Copenhagen starting line-up: Wiland; Bengtsson, Mellberg, Sigurdsson, Jacobsen; Braaten, Delaney, Claudemir, Gislasion; Toutouh, Jorgensen.
TEAM NEWS: No Wesley Sneijder for Galatasaray tonight, removing half of the illustrious duo that make the Turkish club a rather formidable side to face. No first choice goalkeeper for Mancini's side either, as Fernando Muslera fails to make the squad through injury. With such important players absent, Copenhagen will undoubtedly be buoyed!
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be guiding you through tonight's proceedings, in a game that Galatasaray can't afford to lose if they want to be in with a chance of progressing. Copenhagen's manager Stale Solbakken does have a previous reputation for trying to frustrate certain big teams, most notably Barcelona!
Hello and welcome to live Champions League Group B action, as Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray head to Denmark, in search of three valuable points against Copenhagen. The Scandinavian side will be no pushovers, as Juventus have previously discovered. The Italian champions could only manage a 1-1 draw here at Parken!
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