2007/08 UEFA Cup: Copenhagen vs. Lens

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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Copenhagen 2 – 1 (AET)
3 – 2 agg.
Lens Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 23,861
Referee: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes, Portugal

Marcus Allbäck Scored after 76 minutes 76'
Michael Gravgaard Sent off after 95' 95'
Jesper Grønkjær Scored after 112 minutes 112' (pen.)
Report Eric Carrière Scored after 14 minutes 14'

Copenhagen Lens
Starting lineup
Jesper Christiansen (GK) Vedran Runje (GK) Booked after 28 minutes 28'
Brede Hangeland Booked after 80 minutes 80' Adama Coulibali
Michael Gravgaard Sent off after 95' 95' Lucien Aubey
Niclas Jensen Milan Biševac
William Kvist Yohan Demont
Atiba Hutchinson Eric Carrière Scored after 14 minutes 14'
Hjalte Bo Nørregaard Substituted off after 60 minutes 60' Jonathan Lacourt
Jesper Grønkjær Scored after 112 minutes 112' (pen.) Julien Sablé
Libor Sionko Sidi Yaya Keita Booked after 75 minutes 75' Substituted off after 81 minutes 81'
Michael Silberbauer Substituted off after 72 minutes 72' Kanga Akalé Substituted off after 74 minutes 74'
Marcus Allbäck Scored after 76 minutes 76' Substituted off after 101 minutes 101' Luigi Pieroni Substituted off after 91 minutes 91'
Players substituted on
Morten Nordstrand Substituted on after 60 minutes 60' Aruna Dindane Substituted on after 74 minutes 74'
Rasmus Würtz Substituted on after 72 minutes 72' Nenad Kovacevic Substituted on after 81 minutes 81' Booked after 111 minutes 111'
Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen Substituted on after 101 minutes 101' Olivier Monterrubio Substituted on after 91 minutes 91'

Thursday, Danish football champions FC Copenhagen upset France's 5th place finishers RC Lens, beating them 2-1 on home turf after extra time. Lens started the scoring in the 14th minute, when Eric Carrière put Lens one up. Marcus Allbäck struck back in the 76th minute, closing the gap. At 90 minutes, the game was tied at 1-1, and with an aggregate score of 2-2, with one away goal a piece, the game went to extra time. Five minutes into the first extra time-period, Michael Gravgaard was sent off following a professional free kick on Aruna Dindane. But even one man down, Copenhagen fought their way to a penalty kick as Czech national Libor Sionko was fouled in the penalty area with just 8 minutes to play. Jesper Grønkjær scored the match-winner, converting the 12-yarder.

The club of the Danish capital is through to the group phase of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, clinching at least another five matches in the tournament.

Other Danish clubs in the draw: AaB Aalborg held Italian U.C. Sampdoria to 0-0, qualifying for the group phase as well, after 2-2 in Italy, on the away goals rule. Meanwhile OB Odense was beaten 4-3 on penalties by Sparta Prague after neither team being able to break the deadlock for the 210 minutes of the two ties including extra time in the second leg, and FC Midtjylland failed to overturn their 1-3 deficit in Russia against Lokomotiv Moscow, losing 0-2, making it a 1-5 aggregate defeat.