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APOEL battle back to down København

Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 0.30CET
APOEL FC 3-1 FC København (agg: 3-2)
The hosts registered three first-half goals and resisted a fierce onslaught by FCK to secure their maiden group-stage appearance.
APOEL battle back to down København
København's Hjalte Nørregaard takes on Marcin Zewlakow of APOEL in their deciding leg ©Getty Images

Match statistics

APOELKøbenhavn

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
10
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
7
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed19
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 0.30CET

APOEL battle back to down København

APOEL FC 3-1 FC København (agg: 3-2)
The hosts registered three first-half goals and resisted a fierce onslaught by FCK to secure their maiden group-stage appearance.

APOEL FC resisted a fierce second-half onslaught by FC København to overturn a first-leg deficit with a 3-1 win and qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time.

Early goals
Trailing 1-0 coming into the game, Kamil Kosowski's second-minute opener and a Chrysostomos Michail penalty had turned the tie on its head inside 18 minutes. Dame N'Doye quickly responded to put København back in the driving seat, but Michail's second in the 41st minute handed the overall lead back to APOEL, and Ivan Jovanović's team repelled further advances to squeeze through.

Opening salvo
If APOEL were aware history was against them – only once in 21 previous European ties had they lost the first leg and progressed – they did not act like it in the opening stages and tore into their visitors. A spell of unremitting early pressure brought its reward when Konstantinos Charalambides played a clever angled ball into the path of Kosowski, who chested it down and rifled in. The hosts did not let up and in the 18th minute, København's goalscoring hero from the first leg, Zdeněk Pospěch, brought down Marios Elia as he burst into the area. Michail stepped up to send Jesper Christiansen the wrong way.

København response
The home side were exuding confidence now, but the mood changed abruptly when Oscar Wendt drilled in a low cross, which squirmed to the back post where N'Doye was on hand to nod in. Suddenly it was København on the front foot as Ailton Almeida, until then a passenger, began to terrorise the APOEL back line. The striker embarked on several dangerous runs and then forced home goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis into a finger-tip save from a fierce drive.

Chiotis heroics
However, in a seesaw encounter APOEL regained the initiative before the break. Charalambides was again the provider, whipping in a cross which Michail stooped low to head in. Back came the Danish champions with Zanka Jørgensen having a header cleared off the line and if the hosts started the first half on top, it was all København after the restart. Ståle Solbakken brought on Jesper Grønkjær and the experienced international winger made an immediate impact, first setting up William Kvist before having a shot himself, both efforts superbly saved by Chiotis.

Constant pressure
FCK were camped inside the hosts' half and Grønkjær, Ailton and Pospěch all went close as the pressure increased. APOEL rarely threatened, or even saw any of the ball, but were protecting their advantage with some desperate defending. Grønkjær's header flew over as the game entered the final minutes, but the hosts did enough to hang on and a year after Anorthosis Famagusta FC became the first Cypriot side to make the group stage, APOEL become the second.

Last updated: 27/08/09 9.57CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

københavn

København

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK)
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Yellow Card90+4
2
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard (C)
Substitution66
11
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Goal2
Substitution82
7
AíltonAílton
Substitution79
14
BroerseJoost Broerse
8
KvistWilliam Kvist
19
IliaMarios Ilia
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
Yellow Card18
21
M. ŻewłakowMarcin Żewłakow
Substitution76
14
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
Goal22
24
KontisChristos Kontis
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
17
WendtOscar Wendt
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
Substitution66
20
VingaardMartin Vingaard
Substitution46
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail (C)
Goal18
Goal41
25
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen

Substitutes

1
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
21
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
3
Paulo JorgePaulo Jorge
5
LaursenUlrik Laursen
8
SikoraAdrian Sikora
Substitution66
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
Substitution79
Yellow Card82
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
10
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution46
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
Substitution76
Yellow Card88
12
LarssonPeter Larsson
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution82
Yellow Card86
24
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution66
37
BreškaMário Breška
27
DelaneyThomas Delaney

Coach

Ivan Jovanović (SRB) Ståle Solbakken (NOR)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Armin Eder (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

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