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Pospěch puts FCK's noses in front

Published: Tuesday 18 August 2009, 21.30CET
FC København 1-0 APOEL FC
Defender Zdeněk Pospěch's second-half goal earned the Danish side the narrowest of leads to take to Cyprus next Wednesday.
by Peter Bruun
Pospěch puts FCK's noses in front
Zdeněk Pospěch (right) in a more typical defensive poise for København ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KøbenhavnAPOEL

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 18 August 2009, 21.30CET

Pospěch puts FCK's noses in front

FC København 1-0 APOEL FC
Defender Zdeněk Pospěch's second-half goal earned the Danish side the narrowest of leads to take to Cyprus next Wednesday.

Defender Zdeněk Pospěch's second-half goal earned FC København the narrowest of leads to take to Cyprus next week but APOEL FC, who ended with ten men, will have high hopes of turning the tie around on home turf next week.

Haxhi dismissal
After a cagey opening period with chances at a premium, the Danish hosts stepped up the tempo after the restart and were soon rewarded for their attacking impetus as the full-backs combined to make it 1-0, Pospěch heading in Oscar Wendt's cross. Only the woodwork denied Ailton Almeida a second though APOEL, despite the late dismissal of Altin Haxhi, could have restored parity but for Jesper Christiansen's save to deny Nuno Morais. The FCK goalkeeper may have more to do on Wednesday week.

Defensive bent
The 16,260 spectators at the Parken Stadium turned out more in expectation than hope but having seen off Serbian giants FK Partizan in the third qualifying round, APOEL were always going to provide tough opponents. They swiftly set out their stall, allowing FCK to dominate possession so long as the ball was not in the final third. With the hosts reluctant to commit men forward it seldom made it there, but that changed after half-time as coach Ståle Solbakken loosened the shackles.

Partizan parallel
Within nine minutes of the restart København were ahead. Jesper Grønkjær sent Wendt clear on the overlap and the left-back's looping centre was emphatically powered home by Pospěch, ghosting in at the back post. Almeida went tantalisingly close to making it two midway through the half but his low effort struck the inside of the goalpost and rebounded to safety. APOEL then almost made FCK pay with Morais's late strike kept out by Christiansen. The Cypriot side, who lost Haxhi to a second yellow card in the 91st minute, must now look to reproduce their 2-0 home win over Partizan in the previous round – when, as now, they lost the away tie 1-0.

Last updated: 19/08/09 9.56CET

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Lineups

københavn

København

apoel

APOEL

1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
2
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
Goal54
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard (C)
5
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
Yellow Card61
7
AíltonAílton
Substitution75
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution77
8
KvistWilliam Kvist
11
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution86
10
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias (C)
Substitution69
11
SantinCésar Santin
Substitution22
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
24
KontisChristos Kontis
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
17
WendtOscar Wendt
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
25
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
32
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Yellow Card50
Red Card90+1

Substitutes

21
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
3
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
8
SikoraAdrian Sikora
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
Substitution75
19
IliaMarios Ilia
12
LarssonPeter Larsson
21
M. ŻewłakowMarcin Żewłakow
Substitution69
14
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
Substitution22
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution77
16
KristensenThomas Kristensen
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail
20
VingaardMartin Vingaard
37
BreškaMário Breška
Substitution86

Coach

Ståle Solbakken (NOR) Ivan Jovanović (SRB)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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