Manchester City Shocked In UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round First-Leg


Manchester City are in danger of an early exit from Europe after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Danish side Midtjylland in their UEFA Cup second qualifying round first-leg match on Thursday. The loss adds to the ongoing turmoil at the club. Mark Hughes had been obliged to state publicly he would be staying at the club amid talk of financial constraints and internal conflict and could have used a victory in this match to lighten the mood around the club.

It was the worst possible start for City manager Mark Hughes as midfielder Danny Olsen struck in the 15th minute to give Midtjylland a good chance of progressing to the first round after the return leg in two weeks’ time. The Guardian reports that the City supporters booed the team off the field, while The Times quotes Thomas Thomasberg, the 33-year-old coach of Midtjylland, who accused City of complacency and of underestimating his side. “Maybe they didn’t know our players,” he said. “Maybe they made stupid decisions because they lost the ball and thought it would be so easy to get it back.”

There was no complacency for one of City’s domestic rivals, Aston Villa, as they cruised past FH Hafnarfjordur by a 4-1 scoreline. Almost as significant as the scoreline was the fact that Gareth Barry started for Villa, making himself ineligible to represent another club in the Champions League until the knockout phase in February. Could that signal the end of the much discussed courtship by Liverpool? The Daily Mirror has the rumour that Liverpool are going to come back with yet another bid for Barry.


Another club that was on the wrong end of an upset was Ligue 1 side Rennes, as they fell to Norwegian league leaders Stabaek by a 2-1 score. 36 year-old central defender Kjolo headed home a corner kick in each half for the home side while Moussa Sow (pictured above) scored a critical away goal to give Rennes hope for the return leg at home.As always, a collection of highlights that have made their way to the web has been compiled by the people at

The complete list of first-leg scores is posted below:
Metalurgs 0 – 2 SC Vaslui
FK Borac 1 – 0 Lokomotiv Sofia
Vojvodina 0 – 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
FC Honka 0 – 0 Viking Stavanger
Legia Warsaw 1 – 2 FC Moscow
FC Haka 0 – 4 Brondby
Stuttgart 2 – 1 Gyor
APOEL Nicosia 2 – 2 Crvena Zvezda
Litex Lovech 0 – 0 Hapoel Ironi KS
Djurgarden 2 – 1 Rosenborg
Elfsborg 2 – 2 St Patrick’s Athletic
Stabaek 2 – 1 Rennes
FK Suduva 1 – 4 Red Bull Salzburg
Young Boys Berne 4 – 1 Debreceni VSC
Hafnarfjordur 1 – 4 Aston Villa
Gent 2 – 1 Kalmar
Aris Salonika 1 – 0 NK Slaven Koprivnica
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3 – 2 AC Bellinzona
Slovan Liberec 1 – 2 MSK Zilina
FC Copenhagen 3 – 1 Lillestrom
Maccabi Netanya 1 – 1 Cherno More
FC Zurich 1 – 1 Sturm Graz
AEK Athens 0 – 1 Omonia Nicosia
KS Vllaznia 0 – 3 Napoli
Siroki Brijeg 1 – 2 Besiktas
Manchester City 0 – 1 Midtjylland
Queen of the South 1 – 2 Nordsjaelland
NK Ljubljana 0 – 2 Hertha Berlin
Braga 1 – 0 Zrinjski Mostar
Lech Poznan 6 – 0 Grasshoppers
Deportivo La Coruna 0 – 0 Hajduk Split

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