Manchester United surrender lead in UCL loss to Copenhagen

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Manchester United’s faltering season suffered another significant blow as Marcus Rashford’s red card contributed to a dramatic, qualification-damaging Champions League defeat by FC Copenhagen.

 

In a wild and wonderful contest in the Danish capital, United showed guile and grit for periods and twice looked to have claimed a crucial win before succumbing late on to a goal from 17-year-old substitute Roony Bardghji.

They were cruising midway through the first half thanks to Rasmus Hojlund’s double against his hometown club – both close-range finishes from a striker knowing exactly where he needed to be and when.

 

But the game turned in the 42nd minute when referee Donatas Rumsas was called to the pitchside monitor to review a late tackle by Rashford on the ankle of Elias Jelert, and responded by showing the forward a straight red card.

 

With 13 minutes added, largely as a result of an injury to United defender Jonny Evans and a medical emergency in the crowd, the home side took advantage through Mohamed Elyounoussi’s finish and Diogo Goncalves’ penalty – awarded for a handball by Harry Maguire.

 

United defied their numerical disadvantage to hold the home side at bay, before again claiming the lead through Bruno Fernandes’ penalty – awarded via VAR for a handball by Lukas Lerager.

 

But the home side were not to be denied. Lerager made amends and drew them level with a back-post effort, before Bardghji hammered home after United failed to clear.

 

While United are down, they are not yet out, although they do sit bottom of Group A and face a trip to Galatasaray – where they have never won – before hosting the already-qualified Bayern Munich.

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