Champions League - Qualifying Second Round - 1st Leg
Crusaders0FC Copenhagen3

Champions League: Crusaders 0-3 FC Copenhagen

Matthew Snoddy and Rasmus Falk in action during the Champions League qualifier at Seaview
Matthew Snoddy and Rasmus Falk in action during the Champions League qualifier at Seaview

Crusaders lost 3-0 to Danish champions FC Copenhagen in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie at Seaview on Wednesday.

Federico Santander headed low into the bottom corner of the net for the opener in the 19th minute.

Andreas Cornelius added the second with a diving header from Peter Ankersen's cross five minutes before the interval.

Rasmus Falk fired into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards for a well-taken third in the 53rd minute.

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Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter was upbeat about his side's performance against FC Copenhagen.

The outcome of the tie looks to be already decided going into next Tuesday's second leg in Denmark.

The Irish Premiership champions made a lively start and Declan Caddell headed over from Richard Clarke's cross.

The hosts created a number of further chances in the second half, with Gavin Whyte going close and substitute David Cushley posing a real threat in his first competitive appearance for Stephen Baxter's side.

The former Ballymena United forward forced Robin Olsen into a fingertip save with a half-volley, then fired over and also brought another fine stop from the visiting keeper with a late effort.

Santander could have scored another after the break but Sean O'Neill saved well.

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter: "We were up against top European opposition littered with internationals of really high quality.

"Having said that, we competed in the game, created a number of chances against a really good team and asked their keeper to make a couple of smart saves.

"We were under a lot of pressure, as we knew we would be, but from our perspective we gained a lot in terms of fitness and our tactical approach to a lot of things."

Line-ups

Crusaders

  • 1O'Neill
  • 3Beverland
  • 12CaddellBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMitchellat 62'minutes
  • 17McClean
  • 2Burns
  • 18Owens
  • 6Coates
  • 19SnoddySubstituted forGaultat 75'minutes
  • 23Whyte
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forCushleyat 54'minutes
  • 22Heatley

Substitutes

  • 4Gault
  • 7Lowry
  • 8Mitchell
  • 10Carvill
  • 11Cushley
  • 14Forsythe
  • 16Dougherty

FC Copenhagen

  • 31Olsen
  • 11CorneliusBooked at 23mins
  • 3Augustinsson
  • 8Delaney
  • 5Johansson
  • 17KuskSubstituted forToutouhat 76'minutes
  • 33Falk Jensen
  • 19SantanderSubstituted forKadriiat 73'minutes
  • 6KvistSubstituted forGregusat 59'minutes
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 22Ankersen

Substitutes

  • 1Andersen
  • 9Kadrii
  • 15Antonsson
  • 16Gregus
  • 20Remmer
  • 24Toutouh
  • 32Amankwaa
Referee:
Stephan Klossner
Attendance:
2,069

Live Text

Match ends, Crusaders FC 0, FC København 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crusaders FC 0, FC København 3.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Youssef Toutouh replaces Kasper Kusk.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Michael Gault replaces Matthew Snoddy.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Bashkim Kadrii replaces Federico Santander.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. Andrew Mitchell replaces Declan Caddell.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Jan Gregus replaces William Kvist.

Substitution

Substitution, Crusaders FC. David Cushley replaces Richard Clarke.

Goal!

Goal! Crusaders FC 0, FC København 3. Rasmus Falk Jensen (FC København) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crusaders FC 0, FC København 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crusaders FC 0, FC København 2.

Goal!

Goal! Crusaders FC 0, FC København 2. Andreas Cornelius (FC København) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Declan Caddell (Crusaders FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Andreas Cornelius (FC København) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Crusaders FC 0, FC København 1. Federico Santander (FC København) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

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