FC Copenhagen fight back following Celtic draw

By Connor Gordon

December 17, 2019

FC Copenhagen reacted well after drawing Celtic in the Europa League knock-out stage. The Danes came from behind at home to Odense to snatch all three points last night.

They are proving to be a team with strong resilience and have a super sub as well. Neil Lennon will need to be wary of the aerial threat that Copenhagen also provide.

FC Copenhagen doing well following Celtic tie

FCK are second behind FC Midtjylland in the Danish top flight this season.

Copenhagen scoring their first goal last night against Odense after Celtic draw. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Every point is a prisoner and last night will have meant a lot to manager Ståle Solbakken. After pulling Celtic out the hat, all eyes were turned to Copenhagen to see how they would react.

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Copenhagen went behind early on to Odense with Anders Jacobsen netting after seven minutes. However, the champions took the game by the scruff of the neck and racked up 70% possession.

The game still didn’t tip in their favour until a 78th minute sub changed the entirety. Pieros Sotiriou replaced Rasmus Falk as Solbakken went all out attacking. Two minutes later, Sotiriou scored from the spot following a clear smack on the mouth inside the box.

Pieros Sotiriou getting his second for FC Copenhagen. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

He doubled the lead two minutes later again as he rose above two static defenders to head his side in front.

Sotiriou was booked as the team celebrated with the jubilant ultras behind the goal.

Hoops must be wary of Danish aerial threat

One of the weaknesses of the Celtic team this season is their ability to defend from crossed balls. It doesn’t even need to be a ball with any height on it, but the Celts can’t seem to deal with it.

Celtic are losing too many goals from crosses this season. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Copenhagen showed their prowess in the air last night with their winning goal. Sotiriou was able to get in between the two Odense centre backs with ease to head home.

Everyone in green and white will be hoping the back four have learned their lesson. However, Solbakken will be looking at that weakness as something they can exploit.