FC Copenhagen have set themselves up with a good chance of repeating their 2010/11 achievement of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage, picking up four points that mean they sit level with Galatasaray behind runaway leaders Real Madrid in Group B.
All four points have come at Parken Stadium, a ground where they have also dominated domestically, gaining seven wins from their last seven home fixtures.
In their first match of the 2013/14 European campaign at home to Juventus, Nicolai Jorgensen scored with the side’s only shot on target in the entire game and, although he was unable to prevent a Fabio Quagliarella rocket from finding the net after half-time, goalkeeper Johan Wiland put in the performance of his life to leave the Bianconeri frustrated.
After picking up that precious point, Stale Solbakken’s men travelled to the Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid. They left comprehensively beaten, conceding four and unable to provide a response, but they were very much still in the game until around the hour mark.
The result wasn’t much better in the intimidating atmosphere of Galatasaray’s Turk Telecom arena where they were overcome 3-1, but they did make a crucial step towards qualification in the return fixture.
The Danes picked up three momentous points at Parken Stadium thanks to a sixth minute goal from Daniel Braaten, followed by a dogged performance to hold out until the final whistle in what was otherwise a very balanced encounter.
FC Copenhagen have so far relied on a tight-knit group of dependable performers in the starting line-up: goalkeeper Wiland, defenders Pierre Bengtsson, Lars Jacobsen, Olof Mellberg and Ragnar Sigurdsson and midfielder Thomas Delaney have all played every minute of the four Champions League games so far.