Manchester City resume their UEFA Champions League campaign with a last-16 clash against FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side are without Croatian pair Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol for the first-leg fixture in the Danish capital, although Kevin De Bruyne could feature in the Champions League for the first time this season.
Manchester City won all six of their Group Stage fixtures to set-up this evening’s last-16 tie against FC Copenhagen, with the Superliga outfit having become the first club from Denmark to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League in over a decade.
Jacob Neestrup’s side successfully qualified ahead of both Manchester United and Galatasaray in Group A to enter the Danish history books.
Manchester City faced FC Copenhagen during their victorious Champions League campaign last season, with the Premier League outfit winning 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium and drawing 0-0 in the return fixture.
Keep up to date with the action from Manchester City’s visit to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League last-16 first-leg with City Xtra‘s live blog below!
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When will Manchester City and FC Copenhagen meet again?
The second-leg of this last last-16 tie will take place on Wednesday 6th March at the Etihad Stadium, with the Sky Blues taking a 3-1 aggregate lead into the fixture.
City will play five matches prior to the return leg, meanwhile Copenhagen are scheduled to play three league games.
BREAKING: Pep Guardiola reveals triple injury blow
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has issued a worrying fitness update post-match, revealing concerns surrounding Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva and Josko Gvardiol.
On Grealish: “I didn’t speak with the doctor but it looks muscular. A pity, in the last days his attitude in training was much, much better. He helps us find the right tempo. “
On Bernardo: “A big knock in his ankle.”
On Gvardiol: ““Josko will be out two weeks, three weeks, he has an ankle ligament injury.”
City face Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
“There’s no better player” – Phil Foden hails return of teammate post-match
Speaking to TNT Sports post-match, Foden said: “Me and Kevin De Bruyne have made that connection. It’s about building connections. It’s natural. It’s important to have Kev back because he’s so important for us. There’s no better player at passing the ball. He’s so important for us.”
Man City set new UCL record
Manchester City have now won their last nine Champions League games, the longest run by any English side in the competition’s history.
Full-time: FC Copenhagen 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City extend their current winning run to 11 matches to take a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals, courtesy of goals from Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden at the end of each half.
[92′] GOAL! FC Copenhagen 1-3 Manchester City – Phil Foden
A huge goal from Foden in added time to secure a potentially crucial two-goal cushion for the second-leg at the Etihad Stadium. The Englishman continues his goalscoring form with a driven effort from close range after De Bruyne’s pull back.
Three added minutes: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
The fourth official has announced that there will be three added minutes at the end of the second-half.
[87′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick is comfortably saved by Grabara, as the 33-year-old looks to score with yet another clever set-piece routine.
[83′] Yellow card: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Copenhagen manager Neestrup is issued with a yellow card for leaving his technical area.
[80′] Substitutions: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Copenhagen make another two changes, as Sorensen and Larsson replace Achouri and Mattsoon.
[78′] More chances! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
City continue to push for a third goal with further efforts for Haaland and Foden. Haaland’s headed effort is deflected over the bar before a half-volley from Foden flies wide.
[77′] Substitution: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Goalscorer Bernardo Silva is replaced by Matheus Nunes.
[73′] Yellow card: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Another yellow card issued by the referee, with Bernardo Silva cynically brought down by Diks.
[71′] Yellow card: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Falk has been shown the first yellow card of the game for remonstrating with the referee.
[69′] Substitution: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Oscar Hojlund, brother of Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund, has been introduced by Jacob Neestrup.
[68′] Huge save! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Grabara makes another wonderful one-handed stop, flying to his left to prevent Doku’s swirling effort from distance.
[63′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Haaland’s header is comfortably saved by Grabara, with the goalkeeper having presented the opportunity to City with a poorly distributed throw.
[59′] Huge block! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Nathan Ake prevents Cornelius from a certain shot on goal with an incredible diving header. Copenhagen continue to look dangerous on the counter-attack, with City wasteful in possession.
[55′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Foden attempts to catch out Grabara in the Copenhagen goal with a clever free-kick routine, however the City midfielder is unable to generate the pace to beat the keeper.
[53′] Huge save! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Grabara makes an excellent diving save to prevent De Bruyne scoring his second of the evening. A brilliant one-handed stop to push a vicious strike past the post.
[48′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Copenhagen come close to another equaliser as Mattsson’s corner is glanced on towards Elyounoussi at the back post.
Elyounoussi has scored against City in the last-16 previously, netting during a 2-1 win for FC Basel in 2018.
Second-half: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
We’re back underway in Denmark. Will the second-half be as entertaining as the first?
City face Manchester United and Liverpool either side of the second-leg next month, so Guardiola will no doubt be eager to extend that advantage.
Half-time: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
Manchester City lead at the break in Copenhagen after Silva’s late strike. Mattsson had initially cancelled out De Bruyne’s early goal, however Guardiola’s side are back ahead after Silva’s goal.
Three added minutes: FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City
The fourth official has announced that there will be three added minutes at the end of the first-half in the Danish capital.
[45′] GOAL! FC Copenhagen 1-2 Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
Manchester City are back in front after a wonderful finish by Bernardo Silva! The midfielder delicately flicks the ball into the net after De Bruyne’s pass took a huge deflection and fell to the Portugal international.
[44′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-1 Manchester City
De Bruyne looks to curl an effort from long-range however finds his shot blocked by Nottingham Forest loanee Scott McKenna.
[39′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 1-1 Manchester City
The home side have been inspired by that equaliser and come close to taking a potential shock lead, but Mattsson blazes his strike wide.
[34′] GOAL! FC Copenhagen 1-1 Manchester City – Magnus Mattsson
Copenhagen are level with their first attempt on target! The home side clinically punish Ederson’s mistake, as Mattsson scores on his debut with a brilliant strike from the edge of the area.
[30′] Huge chances! FC Copenhagen 0-1 Manchester City
Quick-fire opportunities for City as Haaland attempts a spectacular acrobatic strike from a remarkable height. Doku then sees his rebounded effort blocked before Bernardo’s chipped strike is easily saved.
[26′] More injury concerns: FC Copenhagen 0-1 Manchester City
Phil Foden is now down receiving medical treatment but looks set to be able to continue.
[23′] Off the bar! FC Copenhagen 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City come close to doubling their advantage as Bernardo Silva’s deflected effort strikes the bar!
[17′] Substitution: FC Copenhagen 0-1 Manchester City
Concern for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola as Jack Grealish receives treatment for a potential muscular injury and has to be replaced by Jeremy Doku.
The Englishman was starting for the first time since the start of January and has headed straight for the tunnel.
[10′] GOAL! FC Copenhagen 0-1 Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne rolls Manchester City into the lead with a brilliant strike across goal from an acute angle. The Belgian has scored within 10 minutes of his first Champions League start of the season!
[7′] Another chance! FC Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City
Two huge chances for City after a quick free-kick by De Bruyne! Ruben Dias initially forces a save from Grabara, with the rebound falling to Nathan Ake, however the Dutchman glances his effort over the bar.
[3′] Chance! FC Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City
The first chance of the tie falls to Manchester City and Kevin De Bruyne, with the Belgian heading just wide from close range after Nathan Ake’s excellent cross.
Kick-Off: FC Copenhagen 0-0 Manchester City
We’re underway at the Parken Stadium, with Copenhagen getting proceedings started to a backdrop of a spectacular tifo display by the home supporters.
“You can be out” – Pep Guardiola issues pre-match warning
Speaking with TNT Sports pre-match, Guardioa said: “In the Premier League, we have 45 points to play, we cannot drop many because the contenders are so strong but you can slip a little bit.
“In the Champions League, one bad game, bad momentums, you can be out. We know that and we will try to impose our game.”
Phil Foden reaches another Manchester City landmark
Despite being just 23-years-old, Phil Foden is set to make his 50th appearance in the Champions League this evening. The Englishman made his debut in the competition against Feyenoord in 2017, and has since scored 13 goals in his previous 49 appearances.
BREAKING: FC Copenhagen team to face Manchester City
Starting XI: Grabara, Diks, Vavro, Claesson, Mattsoon, Diogo, Elyounoussi, Jelert, McKenna, Achouri, Falk.
Substitutes: Runarsson, Buur, Sorensen, Larsson, Cornelius, Oskarsson, Ankersen, Meling, Clem, O Hojlund, Roony, Froholdt.
BREAKING: Manchester City team to face FC Copenhagen
Starting XI: Ederson, Walker (C), Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Haaland.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Doku, Alvarez, Akanji, Nunes, Bobb, Wright, Susoho, Lewis.
Copenhagen’s pre-match preparation struggle
Manchester City have played 11 matches across three different competitions since concluding their Group G campaign against Red Star Belgrade in December, contrary to FC Copenhagen, who haven’t played competitively since a 1-0 win over Galatasaray in matchday six.
The Danish Superliga has one of the longest mid-season winter breaks in world football, with Copenhagen’s first league game scheduled for Sunday.
Two young Scandinavian’s are set to go to battle this evening with Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Copenhagen’s Roony Bardghji both enjoying incredible Group Stage campaigns.
Haaland, who has recently returned from injury, has scored 21 goals in 25 matches for City already this season. Meanwhile 18-year-old Bardghji has 11 goals in 30 appearances for the home side.
Welcome to live Champions League last-16 coverage
Good Evening! Manchester City resume their bid to retain the Champions League with a last-16 clash against FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadium tonight. The Danish champions host the English champions and team news is expected at around 18:30 (GMT).
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