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Bellamy breaks København resistance

Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 22.30CET
Manchester City FC 2-1 FC København (agg: 4-3)
Craig Bellamy scored twice in the last 17 minutes to ensure City earned a last-16 tie against their third Danish opponents of the season, Aalborg BK.
Bellamy breaks København resistance
Craig Bellamy delights in his second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Man. CityKøbenhavn

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target1
 
4
Corners5
 
6
Offsides12
 
3
Fouls committed9
 
12
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 22.30CET

Bellamy breaks København resistance

Manchester City FC 2-1 FC København (agg: 4-3)
Craig Bellamy scored twice in the last 17 minutes to ensure City earned a last-16 tie against their third Danish opponents of the season, Aalborg BK.

Craig Bellamy scored twice in the last 17 minutes to ensure Manchester City FC eased past FC København and earned a UEFA Cup Round of 16 tie against another Danish side, Aalborg BK.

Christiansen beaten
The home side, who would have gone through on away goals had the second leg finished scoreless, were not content to sit on that advantage but found FCK goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen tough to beat. Two goals in seven minutes from Bellamy, however, ensured Martin Vingaard's late goal for the visitors was in vain. Fair Play entrants City will now face their third Superligaen opponents of the season in AaB, having previously beaten FC Midtjylland on penalties in the second qualifying round.

First-half chances
City had led twice in Copenhagen only to be pegged back each time and they began tonight determined to move ahead on aggregate again. On 20 minutes Bellamy's cross was headed by Robinho on to the underside of the crossbar before Christiansen scrambled the ball away, and seconds later the goalkeeper denied the Brazilian striker with a superb save. Robinho tested Christiansen again in the 36th minute and just before half-time he combined again with Bellamy only for the Wales forward to hit the post.

Bellamy strikes
Ailton Almeida fired just over for the visitors early in the second half but City were soon back on the attack. Bellamy finally made the breakthrough with 17 minutes to go as he chased a long Stephen Ireland pass, outmuscled his markers and gave Christiansen no chance with his shot. Robinho missed from close range five minutes later, but he then jinked to the byline and set up Bellamy to strike his second from inside the box. Vingaard, who had netted an injury-time equaliser as a first-leg substitute, narrowed the arrears with virtually the last kick but City can now look forward to welcoming AaB to Manchester when their campaign resumes next month.

Last updated: 26/02/09 23.54CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

københavn

København

37
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
ChristiansenJesper Christiansen (GK) (C)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution82
2
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
4
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
15
AntonssonMikael Antonsson
22
DunneRichard Dunne (C)
25
M. JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
2
RichardsMicah Richards
17
WendtOscar Wendt
Yellow Card62
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
8
KvistWilliam Kvist
7
IrelandStephen Ireland
16
KristensenThomas Kristensen
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
33
KompanyVincent Kompany
4
NørregaardHjalte Nørregaard
Substitution76
25
BridgeWayne Bridge
13
HutchinsonAtiba Hutchinson
10
RobinhoRobinho
7
AíltonAílton
39
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Goal73
Goal79
14
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
Substitution59

Substitutes

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
41
CoeNathan Coe (GK)
15
GarridoJavier Garrido
3
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
36
BertiGláuber Berti
5
LaursenUlrik Laursen
11
ElanoElano
Substitution82
10
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution59
12
VassellDarius Vassell
20
VingaardMartin Vingaard
Substitution76
Goal90+2
20
CaicedoFelipe Caicedo
24
SionkoLibor Sionko
Substitution46
24
EvansChed Evans
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand

Coach

Mark Hughes (WAL) Ståle Solbakken (NOR)

Referee

Selçuk Dereli (TUR)

Assistant referees

Çem Satman (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

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