Goalless draw in Copenhagen and odd decision from pep
Manchester City were forced to share the spoils with Copenhagen after a goalless draw in the fourth round of Group G in Champions League.
Things seemed within the visitors’ reach as they went ahead with a goal through Rodri 10 minutes after the start of the game, but VAR intervened to rule out the goal because of a handball in the buildup on Riyad Mahrez.
Manchester City were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute for a handball on Boilesen, Mahrez stepped in and took the shoot, but goalkeeper Grabara prevents the Algerian star from scoring.
Things turned completely in favour of the hosts with Spanish defender Sergio Gómez getting sent off in the 30th minute, forcing the visitors to complete the game with 10 players with an hour remaining.
Despite the dismissal, Manchester City had the most of possession (59%), and the most shots (14 for 6), but the defenders and goalkeeper of the hosts prevented the visitors from scoring.
With this result, Manchester City’s kept the top spot with 10 points, while Copenhagen gathered their only second point in the bottom of the group, with two rounds remaining in the group stage.
the main talking point of the game was pep Guardiola odd decision to keep Erling Haaland on the bench the whole game.
Haaland has a fantastic record in the champions league with 28 goals in 22 games, but pep preferred to protect his goal machine, as the Spanish manager commented on his decision after the goalless draw
“He finished the game against Southampton so, so tired and didn’t recover well. Yesterday was not good, today a little better but not perfect so we decide not to take the risk.”