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They beat Galatasaray 1-0 and are now in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Lerager scores and gets sent off

Highs and Lows: Lerager's Heroic Goal and Controversial Exit Propel Team to Champions League Round of 16

What Manchester United did didn’t matter in the end.

Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Galatasaray put Copenhagen in second place in Group A and guaranteed their spot in the next round of the Champions League. Even if United beat Bayern Munich, it wouldn’t have been enough for Erik ten Hag’s difficult team.

United had to have Copenhagen and Galatasaray draw in order for United to still have a chance, but they lost 1-0 to Bayern. United comes in last, and Galatasaray comes in third. They will now play in the Europa League.

Lukas Lerager scored the game’s only goal, but he was later sent off, which gave Galatasaray a chance to score late.

The first half was tense and neither team came up with many good ideas. In the 58th minute, Elias Achouri sent a low cross for Lerager to score his third Champions League goal of the season because the Galatasaray defence was slow to respond.

Late in the game, the player was sent off for getting two yellow cards in five minutes. One was for pushing Baris Alper Yilmaz, and the other was for a bad tackle.

It didn’t look like Galatasaray would win to make it, though. When the game was almost over, the Turkish goalie Kamil Grabara blocked a shot from Mauro Icardi. Not long after that, Denis Vavro stopped a header from Davinson Sanchez, and Grabara was still out of position from the first save.

In the 73rd minute, Icardi missed a chance to set up a goal when he backheeled the ball to Kerem Aktürkoglu in the penalty area. Aktürkoglu’s shot went over the bar.

The only other time Copenhagen has made it to the round of 16, it was in the 1998–99 season. In 2010–11, it made it out of a group that also had Barcelona (the Champions League winners that year), Rubin Kazan, and Panathinaikos.

Copenhagen didn’t make it any further; in the round of 16, they lost to Chelsea 2-0 overall. Since 2013–14, Galatasaray has not been in the knockout round.

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