Champions League - Qualifying Second Round - 2nd Leg
FC Copenhagen1The New Saints0

FC Copenhagen 1-0 The New Saints (Agg 3-0)

Ryan Brobbel in action against FC Copenhagen
Ryan Brobbel (left) had New Saints' best chance of the second leg against FC Copenhagen

The New Saints bowed out of the Champions League but put in a spirited performance as they fell to defeat against FC Copenhagen.

Saints, who had lost 2-0 in the second qualifying round first leg, limited their hosts for large parts.

But Zeca's stunning second-half strike proved to be enough to settle the tie, 3-0 on aggregate.

Copenhagen face Red Star Belgrade in the next round while Saints drop into the Europa League.

They will face Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in that competition's third qualifying round.

Saints had lost 2-0 to Stale Solbakken's Danish champions in the first leg at Park Hall a week earlier and faced a difficult task.

But manager Scott Ruscoe had told his players not to be overawed by the occasion at the 40,000-capacity Parken Stadium.

Ruscoe made only one change with Chris Marriott coming in for Keston Davies while Copenhagen's side showed five changes from the first leg.

Saints frustrated the home side during an impressive first half with keeper Paul Harrison denying Pieros Sotiriou with his legs.

Ryan Brobbel had the Welsh champions' best chance of the opening 45 minutes with a fierce drive which went over the crossbar.

Copenhagen broke the deadlock on 52 minutes through Greek international Zeca's strike from outside the area which gave Harrison no chance.

Harrison made a great save from Nicolaj Thomsen before Jon Routledge's intervention thwarted Mohamed Daramy from doubling the home side's advantage on the night.

Saints' veteran keeper and captain denied Thomsen in stoppage time, the final act of the Welsh side's involvement in this season's Champions League.

New Saints manager Scott Ruscoe told BBC Sport:

"We've had one or two areas of good play, but I think our overall excellent possession was in the middle third of the pitch.

"We have troubled them at times but we didn't have enough legs or the punch to make a dent in them.

"We need to be better, we need to grow from it, we need to learn. We have to be fitter and stronger again, but getting fitter and stronger players costs money.

"They are 78 times our budget for a reason, in those terms we punch above our weight. I'm proud of my players and we go again and see if we can get through to the next round of the Europa."

Line-ups

FC Copenhagen

  • 21Johnsson
  • 9Sotiriou
  • 4Papagiannopoulos
  • 3BengtssonSubstituted forVarelaat 79'minutes
  • 8Thomsen
  • 6Stage
  • 25Nelsson
  • 11Daramy
  • 10Gonçalves RodriguesSubstituted forDaghimat 60'minutes
  • 23WindSubstituted forHolseat 60'minutes
  • 17Bartolec

Substitutes

  • 2Varela
  • 5Bjelland
  • 7Fischer
  • 13Grytebust
  • 14N'Doye
  • 26Holse
  • 37Daghim

The New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 3MarriottSubstituted forHudsonat 78'minutes
  • 10Redmond
  • 8Brobbel
  • 2SpenderBooked at 71mins
  • 24Harrington
  • 6Routledge
  • 14Mullan
  • 11CieslewiczSubstituted forLewisat 59'minutes
  • 23Edwards
  • 17EbbeSubstituted forDraperat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Draper
  • 12Hudson
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 22Lewis
  • 25Roberts
  • 32Whitehouse
Referee:
Karim Abed
Attendance:
12,523

Live Text

Match ends, FC København 1, The New Saints 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC København 1, The New Saints 0.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Guillermo Varela replaces Pierre Bengtsson.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Blaine Hudson replaces Chris Marriott.

Booking

Simon Spender (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Dean Ebbe.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Ahmed Daghim replaces Zeca.

Substitution

Substitution, FC København. Carlo Holse replaces Jonas Wind.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Kane Lewis replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.

Goal!

Goal! FC København 1, The New Saints 0. Zeca (FC København) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins FC København 0, The New Saints 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, FC København 0, The New Saints 0.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 31st July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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