FC København 2-0 HJK Helsinki
After Andreas Cornelius had a penalty saved, substitute Nicolai Jørgensen scored twice to earn FC København a 2-0 victory against HJK Helsinki.
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• Second-half substitute Nicolai Jørgensen scores twice for København
• Andreas Cornelius penalty saved on 62 minutes
• Crossbar denies Jørgensen a hat-trick
• Alexander Kacaniklic gives impressive display for the home side
• Next games: Torino FC v København, HJK v Club Brugge KV (2 October)
Substitute Nicolai Jørgensen proved decisive as FC København beat HJK Helsinki 2-0 in their opening UEFA Europa League Group B contest.
After HJK's Teemu Tainio grazed the left upright with a wonderful reverse-swinging half volley from 20 metres, it was København who dominated. The effervescent Alexander Kacaniklic ruled the inside left channel and twice forced visiting goalkeeper Antonio Doblas into saves before half-time. The keeper was alert to tip over a high, curling effort and then stayed strong to beat away a drive at his right post.
One Kacaniklic surge, brought to an abrupt end by Markus Heikkinen's mistimed challenge, then offered København the opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot on 62 minutes. Cornelius stepped up too leisurely, however, and a tame low effort was routinely smothered by Doblas.
FCK were bailed out by substitute Nicolai Jørgensen six minutes later. Gambling with his run, Jørgensen profited from a defensive error, pouncing on Valtteri Moren's sliced attempt at a clearance and finishing from the tightest of angles.
A buoyant Jørgensen would have doubled the scores had his sublime curling effort not crashed against the crossbar, but HJK failed to make the most of that slice of fortune. Demba Savage skewed his finish past the right post when one-on-one with Stephan Andersen.
Instead, Jørgensen put the match beyond the Finnish side with nine minutes left, applying a downwards header at the near post to Pierre Bengtsson's left-wing cross.