Saturday 19 January 2019

Foxes' scoreless stalemate in Danish borefest

FC Copenhagen 0 Leicester 0

Federico Santander
Federico Santander

Leicester missed the chance to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League after a forgettable 0-0 draw in Copenhagen.

The Foxes never got going and the hosts failed to take advantage to leave their own hopes of reaching the last-16 in doubt.

Kasper Schmeichel ensured the visitors escaped with a point when he produced a fine last-minute save from Andreas Cornelius, while Christian Fuchs cleared Benjamin Verbic's effort off the line with Leicester yet to concede in the competition this season.

Porto's 1-0 win over Club Brugge meant only a win would send the Foxes through but they lacked imagination in a sloppy, if gritty, performance as their 100 per cent record in Europe ended.

Claudio Ranieri's side still top Group G by three points ahead of Porto and will be expected to qualify for the last-16 when they host rock bottom Brugge in three weeks.

Copenhagen, unbeaten in 30 games at Parken in all competitions, bossed the majority of the game as Ranieri's tinkering backfired in the first half.

Leicester never created any clearcut opportunities and, just like in Leicester's 1-0 home win over Copenhagen last month, Schmeichel was the late hero when he thwarted Cornelius in the 89th minute when he clawed out his header and Sandanter fired the rebound wide.

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