FCK got off to a disappointing start in its third round Champions Leauge qualifier Wednesday. The Copenhagen club lost the home leg of its match up against Ajax Amsterdam, 2-1.
Two goals from Holland's national team forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the second in the 84th minute, meant that the Copenhageners will have a tough assignment when they face the second leg 23 August in Amsterdam.
'It was a really, really poor effort. Now we have to score twice in Amsterdam,' mid-fielder Jesper Grønkjær, who began his international career with Ajax.
FCK was hoping that Grønkjær's return to Danish football after six years in England's premiere league would be a boost for the club.
Head coach, Ståle Solbakken, however, found little cause for enthusiasm in FCK's effort Wednesday. His team's performance down the stretch was especially disappointing.
'The last 25 minutes we had no energy left,' he said. 'We couldn't keep the pressure on Ajax and lost the ball too easily.'
In the first half, however, FCK looked to be well-matched against the favourites from Amsterdam, controlling the ball most of the period and having some good scoring chances. Brede Hagelund equalised after Huntelaar's first strike, allowing the Copenhageners to take a positive mindset into the locker room at the half.
But Ajax slowly took control of the match in the second half, and Huntelaars second goal of the night sealed the victory for the Dutchmen.