Soccer-Copenhagen dig deep to end Bayern's winning run


Soccer Football - Champions League - Group A - Bayern Munich v FC Copenhagen - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - November 29, 2023 Bayern Munich's Harry Kane with teammates after the match REUTERS/Angelika Warmuth

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -Copenhagen ground out a 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich in their Champions League Group A match on Wednesday to snap their opponents' 17-game winning run in group-stage matches and stay in contention to reach the last 16.

The Bavarians have secured top spot in the group on 13 points, with the Danish side second on five.

"It's only a few people who know what it takes to come here and get a point," said Copenhagen's man-of-the-match Rasmus Falk.

"I'm so proud because it's maybe one of the hardest places in the world to get a point."

Both teams needed time to settle with Bayern missing several key players through injury.

Copenhagen had an early chance when Roony Bardghji's 27th-minute shot sailed narrowly wide and Thomas Mueller's close-range header for Bayern was saved by keeper Kamil Grabara.

The visitors, whose solid backline has been key to their success this season, defended well and came close again two minutes after the restart through Diogo Goncalves' curled shot.

The Danes can qualify for the knockout stages by beating Galatasaray, who are also on five points after drawing 3-3 with bottom club Manchester United, and they almost snatched a last-gasp winner.

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer came to the rescue, however, with a double save to deny Elyounoussi and extend the German champions' record unbeaten run to 39 straight group-stage matches in the competition.

"We just have to accept it the way it was," Neuer said. "They were very well positioned, defended well and were solid when they had possession."

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Clare Fallon and Ed Osmond)

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