Man City 0-1 FC Midtjylland

August 14, 2008 | Filed Under: Euro Box 

Manchester City suffered a humiliating home defeat by Danish side FC Midtjylland in the first leg of their Uefa Cup second qualifying round tie.

Crazy as it may sound The Danes took the lead on 15 minutes when Danny Olsen punished Richard Dunne’s mistake with a precise finish.

City had made a dreadful start but did improve and Daniel Sturridge smashed a shot against the bar before half-time.

Martin Petrov also hit the woodwork with a late free-kick but City could not turn their possession into chances.

Mark Hughes’s side will still fancy their chances in the return leg in a fortnight’s time but they will need to find a greater cutting edge in Denmark if they are to get the win they need to progress.

With three senior strikers – Jo, Benjani Mwaruwari and Darius Vassell – all unavailable, Hughes was forced to pair two teenagers up front in Felipe Caicedo and Sturridge against the Danes.

The duo made an uncertain start and City’s lack of presence in attack, combined with some woefully inaccurate passing, put them on the back foot in the early stages.

Midtjylland began to come forward with purpose but despite the home side’s lethargy it was still a surprise when the visitors took the lead.

Dunne, whose distribution had been poor from the start, gave the ball away and Mikkel Thygesen found Olsen, who produced a stunning finish.

The goal stunned City and their fans but it at least served to wake Hughes’ side from their slumbers and they almost managed an instant reply when Petrov’s chip sailed over the bar.

And, although Caicedo continued to look too cumbersome to trouble the visitors defence, Sturridge did eventually begin to threaten.

 
Danny Olsen celebrates with Kolja Afriyie after scoring Midtjylland's winner

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