Ten-man City missed a penalty and ruled out a goal in a VAR-dominated goalless draw in Copenhagen , but still reach the last 16 of the Champions League .
Rodri ‘s brilliant 25-yard effort for Manchester City was ruled out after Riyad Mahrez was sent off, while the visitors benefited from a penalty that hit home defender Nicolas – Arm of Boyleson, who competes with Manuel Akanji for a corner.
But Copenhagen goalkeeper Camille Grabala brilliantly saved Mahrez’s penalty to delight the raucous Parken Stadium crowd before Pep Guardiola’s side gave Sergio Gomez an outrage against 19 five minutes later. 20-year-old forward Haakon Hararson was sent off for a professional foul .
The decision was made again after Portuguese referee Artur Dias was referred to sideline monitors and left the English champions forced to reshape and bat in the final hour .
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Manchester City ‘s winning run ends
While City snapped a winning streak and failed to set a team record , Guardiola seemed pleased with their one-point early advantage in the game.
A young Copenhagen squad of six players aged 20 or under initially struggled to cope with the visitors’ experience and smooth passing, and Julian Alvarez also came close to opening the scoring.
Despite losing Gomez half an hour ago, City were still in control of nearly 70 per cent of possession before half-time, although the dynamics of the game have changed since then.
With Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden’s late appearances , the visitors were left with only long-range shots after a break from their trip to Anfield against Liverpool in the Premier League .
Both Joao Cancelo and Kevin de Bruyne tested Grabara, while at the other end, Lukas Lerager’s oblique shot was the closest Jacob Neestrup’s side came to their first goal of the period.