FC Copenhagen (FCK) proved last night that although the Danish Super League may not yet be at the level of the English Premier League, it is far above several other European divisions – not least that of Macedonia.
The Lions’ Champions League second-round qualification opponent at Parken stadium on Wednesday evening, FK Mogren, were hapless against the city club. And the final 6-0 score could have been even worse, had FCK gone all out late in the game.
Although the Macedonian league champs defeated Maltese champions Hibernians by an aggregate score of 6-0 to get their ticket into the tournament, the odds of FK Mogren moving on after last night’s massacre are astronomical – particularly in light of what FCK head coach Ståle Solbakken called a nearly perfect match by his players.
‘We agreed we’d try to win the match by at least 3-0. We exceeded that by 100 percent,’ said Solbakken.
And the players didn’t waste any time reaching their pre-agreed target, with scores by Thomas Kristensen, Mathias Jørgensen and Ailton Almeida putting the city club up 3-0 after just 24 minutes of play.
Dame N’Doye, the Senegalese striker acquired in the middle of last season, showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Super League this year. He did not come into last night’s match until the 64th minute but scored twice in his first 10 minutes on the pitch.
And N’Doye could easily have scored a third goal just four minutes after his second one, but he selflessly passed the ball on to Morten Nordstrand, who netted for the match’s final goal.
The teams face one another in their second leg next Wednesday in Podgorica, Montenegro. FK Mogren must score at least seven more goals than FCK in the match to advance in the tournament.