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Man City vs Copenhagen 0-0 Draw

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A 0-0 Draw for Man City vs Copenhagen. In a game in which VAR decisions predominated, Pep Guardiola left his top scorer on the bench as City was held to a scoreless draw in Copenhagen. An unexpected 0-0 draw in Copenhagen ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the Champions League. The team led by Pep Guardiola is still in first place in Group G, but they had to wait a little bit longer to advance to the next round. Rodri’s spectacular goal was overturned for a contentious handball, while Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty after another VAR decision.

However, after 30 minutes, City went down to 10 men as winger Hakon Haraldsson was pulled back by Sergio Gomez, who was given a straight red. Copenhagen was happy to get the point, but City was disappointed since they chose to keep Erling Haaland on the bench despite failing to score without him.

The Performing Side:

Erling Haaland: It’s no accident that City’s first scoreless game of the year occurred in the first contest in which their star summer acquisition did not play. Haaland has scored 20 goals thus far, making him nearly unstoppable, and his absence from the action only served to emphasize how crucial he is. However, the Norwegian needed the 90 minutes of recovery after a busy start to life at the Etihad Stadium and with a trip to Anfield on the horizon.

Liverpool: Before Sunday’s game, Jurgen Klopp must deal with an injury problem, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Luis Diaz, and Joel Matip the most recent players to visit the Anfield medical facility. Therefore, he will have been pleased to see City pushed so hard in a game that was supposed to be a walk before the two clubs’ matchup on Sunday and forced to play for more than an hour with just 10 men. If Liverpool is to maintain any remaining title ambitions, they must win that match against City, who are currently 13 points ahead of them in the standings and 14 points back of them in the Premier League.

Kamil Grabara: Despite a 5-0 loss, former Liverpool goalkeeper Grabara was Copenhagen’s player of the match last week at the Etihad Stadium after making 12 saves. He once more played the hero on Tuesday when he correctly predicted Riyad Mahrez’s penalty attempt in the first half. Under Guardiola, City has missed 24 penalties overall, nine more than any other Premier League team during the same time. Grabara, however, won’t be concerned with City’s dismal track record and will be quite proud of his two games against the Premier League champions.

The Losing Side:

Sergio Gomez: When Gomez received a straight red card after a VAR intervention, what should have been an easy night for City became much harder. Hakon Haraldsson, a 17-year-old from Copenhagen, was caught on the wrong side of the left-back, who wrapped his arm around the forward to prevent him from advancing. Gomez had a great chance to score, and it was the appropriate call to dismiss him after some shoddy defending in a match that City anticipated dominating from the outset. This was a severe mistake and is likely to seriously harm his chances of making the first squad as he tried to press his way into becoming a regular for City.

Referee: While the VAR’s involvement in Gomez’s dismissal cannot be criticized, the other interventions have no positive impact on the game. The stunning 25-yard effort by Rodri that arrowed into the top corner was one of the best goals of the group stage, but VAR makes it unlikely that you will ever see it again. Referee Artur Dias disallowed the goal after viewing the situation ten more times in the replay because the ball briefly touched Riyad Mahrez’s fingers during the build-up. There were no objections from spectators or players, just as there were none when the ball accidentally hit Nicolai Boilesen in the arm, resulting in a penalty. However, the VAR was in super slow-motion and magnification overload.

Riyad Mahrez: Mahrez, who led City in scoring in the Champions League last season, has had a challenging start to this season. Guardiola has stated that he is necessary for getting the winger to perform at his peak, and two goals in his last two games hinted that he might be. Although it was unlucky that he was a part of Rodri’s goal that was overturned, his missed penalty made sure that City could not win the game. When Gomez was sent off in the 33rd minute, he was the player that was sacrificed to make room for Ruben Dias.

The Defensive Side:

Ederson: If he had been closer to his goal, one unusual miscontrol might have been embarrassing, but otherwise, his distribution was good.

Joao Cancelo: Copenhagen attempted to utilize the extra man to neutralize one of the City’s primary threats at the source, but couldn’t make his usual inventive impact.

Manuel Akanji: started as the right back but was moved to the center when Gomez was dismissed. He seems unfazed in either position.

Aymeric Laporte: Additional significant minutes as he continues to recuperate from a knee procedure in the summer and comfortably handled the backline.

Sergio Gomez: A night to forget for the inexperienced left-back who paid dearly for a lapse of judgment while defending that endangered his teammates.

Despite claiming that Haaland wasn’t rested with Liverpool in mind, the City manager selected a lineup that ought to have been capable of winning the game. It made sense to replace Mahrez with Dias, and he probably anticipated that his team would still have too much.

For more match highlights and players’ performances, keep watching this space.

Salman Shaikh
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