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UCL Soccer: Copenhagen draw Man City; Haaland sat out

Pep Guardiola’s squad drew 0-0 with Copenhagen as Sergio Gomez received a red card under 30 minutes of the match. Visit us for more UCL soccer stories!

Despite a disappointing draw at the Parken stadium and failing to replicate the dominant output of Man City when they first met Copenhagen, due to the fact that Haaland is missing in action. The team stills secure the qualification for Champions League Knockout stage. For more soccer socks and other soccer related articles here!

The first half of the match has been dominated by VAR as the first 30 minutes of action was dictated by three important decisions laid out. VAR disallowed the half-volley shot of Rodri after it was shown that Mahrez handled the ball. A handball committed by Boilesen gave Mahrez a penalty kick but was saved by Grabara. Sergio Gomez received a red card after fouling the last man outside the box. Man City down with 10 men versus the home squad.

This game by Manchester City is still considered a great game despite missing the action of their star player in Haaland and being downed to 10-man rotation after a red card of Sergio Gomez. They already secured a knockout stage spot of Champions League after the Dortmund and Sevilla match also ended in a draw. Guardiola expressed his feelings on this game. “I’m really satisfied,” the manager said. “The team gave everything [especially with] 10-v-11.”

Erling Haaland sat out the match against Copenhagen

For the first time this season, the Norwegian superstar sat out the competitive match at Parken Stadium against the home squad in FC Copenhagen at the Champions League group stage. His absence made a huge effect on the 0-0 draw result against the same team they ousted just a couple of weeks ago. 

Currently, the striker scored a total of 20 goals this season in his total 13 appearances for the club. Guardiola decided to pull him out of the game as they already secured the spot for the knockout stage of Champions League as the manager didn’t want to risk the health of the Norwegian striker. 

“He finished the game against Southampton so tired and he didn’t recover well these two, three days,’ he said. “Yesterday was not good, today was a little bit better but not perfect and we decided not to take the risk.”

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