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Nordstrand penalty nudges København past Vorskla

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 20.50CET
FC København 1-0 FC Vorskla Poltava
Morten Nordstrand's penalty ensured that the nervy Danish champions put their UEFA Champions League play-off trauma behind them.
Nordstrand penalty nudges København past Vorskla
Morten Nordstrand celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KøbenhavnVorskla

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target3
 
8
Corners3
 
1
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed18
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 20.50CET

Nordstrand penalty nudges København past Vorskla

FC København 1-0 FC Vorskla Poltava
Morten Nordstrand's penalty ensured that the nervy Danish champions put their UEFA Champions League play-off trauma behind them.

FC København made some amends for their UEFA Champions League play-off exit against FC Viktoria Plzeň as Morten Nordstrand's penalty gave them a 1-0 win against FC Vorskla Poltava in their UEFA Europa League Group B opener at Parken Stadion.

Nerves might have affected Roland Nilsson's men before the break, but the 28-year-old Nordstrand showed none as he coolly finished to the left on 54 minutes. The relief was tangible, but the dam did not burst, and Ukrainian hopefuls Vorskla may ultimately regret that they posed an edgy-looking home side so few problems.

København were jeered off at the interval after failing to sustain their early pressure. Vorskla goalkeeper Serhiy Dolganskiy had looked set for a busy night on his 37th birthday as both Nordstrand and Thomas Delaney were given early sights of goal, before a delicious Christián Bolaños ball invited Dame N'Doye to chase past the last man on 20 minutes. Instead of hitting the target, his shot from a tight angle crept across the face of goal.

Despite that start, Mykola Pavlov's unassuming side quietly picked their way back into contention, sniping stealthily at the home side's supply lines in midfield. They fashioned a half-chance swiped wide by Ahmed Januzi before Pavlo Rebenok's 44th-minute cross ghosted menacingly across the box.

Chastened by those half-time catcalls, København came back to their senses in the second half, Nordstrand scoring from the spot after Johnny Thomsen had been fouled in the box. After that, Vorskla looked lightweight, and for all their deft touches, the nearest they came to a goal was an attempted clearance that cannoned off Christian Grindheim and towards goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Johan Wiland saved that, and Vorskla will regret that they did not give him more to do.

Last updated: 17/09/11 0.07CET

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Lineups

københavn

København

vorskla

Vorskla

21
WilandJohan Wiland (GK) (C)
1
DolganskiySerhiy Dolganskiy (GK) (C)
3
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
2
MatveyevOleksandr Matveyev
Yellow Card53
5
OttesenSölvi Ottesen
4
DallkuArmend Dallku
8
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
5
KrasnopyorovOleg Krasnopyorov
9
NordstrandMorten Nordstrand
Goal54
Substitution79
9
BezusRoman Bezus
Yellow Card13
Substitution69
14
N'DoyeDame N'Doye
11
KryvosheyenkoIvan Kryvosheyenko
15
ThomsenJohnny Thomsen
27
JanuziAhmed Januzi
Substitution88
16
KristensenThomas Kristensen
Yellow Card62
Substitution68
33
SelinYevhen Selin
17
R. SigurdssonRagnar Sigurdsson
48
ChesnakovVolodymyr Chesnakov
27
DelaneyThomas Delaney
78
KurilovOleksiy Kurilov
Yellow Card16
30
BolañosChristián Bolaños
82
RebenokPavlo Rebenok
Substitution75

Substitutes

1
ChristensenKim Christensen (GK)
12
VelychkoSerhiy Velychko (GK)
11
SantinCésar Santin
Substitution79
Yellow Card85
7
YesinDmitri Yesin
13
DioufPape Paté Diouf
17
SachkoVasyl Sachko
Substitution88
19
OviedoBryan Oviedo
19
GromovArtem Gromov
Substitution75
22
AbsalonsenJohan Absalonsen
Substitution68
24
BarannikOleg Barannik
Substitution69
24
ToutouhYoussef Toutouh
34
TkachukYevhen Tkachuk
26
Gamboa                        Cristian Gamboa
77
OberemkoAndriy Oberemko

Coach

Roland Nilsson (SWE) Mykola Pavlov (UKR)

Referee

Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Nikolay Angelov (BUL), Ventsislav Gavrilov (BUL)

Fourth official

Anton Genov (BUL)

Additional assistant referees

Nikolai Yordanov (BUL), Alexander Kostadinov (BUL)

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