city hold nerve after aab fightback published: thursday 19 march 2009, 23.45cet aalborg bk 2-0 manchester city fc (agg: 2-2, city win 4-3 on pens) the visitors won a uefa cup shoot-out for the second time this season in denmark, despite relinquishing a two-goal lead late on in regulation time.
manchester city fc won their second penalty shoot-out of the season in denmark despite relinquishing a two-goal advantage in the final five minutes of normal time against aalborg bk to progress to the uefa cup quarter-finals.
given saves the game was meandering towards a scoreless draw which, after their 2-0 first-leg win, would have been good enough to send city through. however, strikes in the last five minutes from luton shelton and michael jakobsen sent the match into extra time. with no further goals, the tie was decided on penalties and while city were perfect from the spot, thomas augustinussen and shelton had their efforts saved by shay given to put city into friday's last-eight draw.
early slumber the drama late in the game was in marked contrast to an uneventful first half. both sides threatened sporadically with the visitors going closest when stephen ıreland's strike from shaun wright-phillips' cross was blocked inadvertently by team-mate chedwyn evans. still needing to score twice, aab took the game to city after the break. caca had the hosts' first real glimpse of goal after 53 minutes, latching on to shelton's knock down and driving a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
robinho chance andreas johansson then went down in the area under a challenge from substitute javier garrido, but aab's penalty claims were waved away. the hosts continued to search for the elusive breakthrough, although it was robinho who could have settled the tie with eight minutes remaining but he fired against crossbar after good work by ıreland.
dramatic late rally then, with five minutes remaining, shelton took advantage of another flick on from caca to control and volley in. the hosts were reinvigorated and ramped up the pressure under which, in the 90th minute, city crumbled. caca's corner was handled by evans and jakobsen fired the subsequent spot-kick high into the net. city had overcome danish opposition in a shoot-out in the form of fc midtjylland in the second qualifying round and repeated the trick against aab, given's two saves proving critical in a 4-3 success.
yardımcı hakemler: frédéric cano (fra), laurent ugo (fra)
4. hakem: antony gautier (fra)
aab: karim zaza (gk), kasper bøgelund, lasse nielsen, michael jakobsen, michael beauchamp, anders due (dk. 46 siyabonga nomvethe), andreas johansson, thomas augustinussen(c), caca (dk. 106 et patrick kristensen), kasper risgård (dk. 77 marcus tracy), luton shelton
yedekler: kenneth stenild (gk), jens-kristian sørensen, ronnie schwartz, henrik dalsgaard
teknik direktör: magnus pehrsson (swe)
man. city: shay given (gk), micah richards, richard dunne (c), nedum onuoha, wayne bridge (dk. 55 javier garrido), shaun wright-phillips, pablo zabaleta, vincent kompany (dk. 107 et elano), stephen ireland, robinho (dk. 96 et felipe caicedo), ched evans
yedekler: joe hart (gk), gláuber berti, gelson fernandes, kelvin etuhu