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N'Doye atones but draw condemns FCK

Published: Wednesday 30 November 2011, 23.13CET
FC Vorskla Poltava 1-1 FC København
Dame N'Doye scored at either end in the first half as the Danish champions' hopes of advancing to the round of 32 were erased in Ukraine.
N'Doye atones but draw condemns FCK
København's Dame N'Doye shows his frustration after his own goal for Vorskla Poltava ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 30 November 2011, 23.13CET

N'Doye atones but draw condemns FCK

FC Vorskla Poltava 1-1 FC København
Dame N'Doye scored at either end in the first half as the Danish champions' hopes of advancing to the round of 32 were erased in Ukraine.

Dame N'Doye scored at both ends as FC København failed to earn the victory required against FC Vorskla Poltava to keep their hopes of advancing from UEFA Europa League Group B alive.

N'Doye opened the scoring on 31 minutes when he put the ball into his own net following a Vorskla corner, before making up for his error soon afterwards with a well-taken leveller.

It was Vorskla who started the game the brighter. Yevhen Selin went close, but was unable to fully connect with a Armend Dallku cross, and Pavlo Rebenok's powerful effort deflected off a defender, on to the bar and behind for a corner.

The early pressure was rewarded just after the half-hour mark with a goal from an unlikely source. N'Doye misjudged the flight of Oleg Krasnopyorov's corner and defected into his own net with an attempted clearance; keeper Johan Wiland had no chance.

Serhiy Velychko, a spectator for much of the first half-hour, was finally called into action on 34 minutes, brilliantly saving N'Doye's free-kick as the striker looked to make amends – he did not have to wait long. Taking advantage of some good fortune at the other end, he latched onto a deflected César Santin through ball to finish with aplomb on 37 minutes.

Needing all three points to keep their chances of progress alive, the visitors failed to assert the necessary pressure in the second half and rarely troubled Velychko's goal. A late flurry was too little too late, and regardless of what happens on matchday six Roland Nilsson's side will finish third in Group B, with Vorskla fourth.

Last updated: 02/12/11 0.27CET

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