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Man City star Rodri: “With a very early red card, it's difficult.”

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Man City played an hour with 10 men as Sergio Gomez was given a straight red card in the 30th minute.

Spanish midfielder Rodri says 10-man Manchester City can’t feel sorry for themselves after they played out a goalless draw with Copenhagen at the Parken Stadium.

The match against the Danish club on Tuesday evening proved to be a frustrating one for the Premier League champions after Sergio Gomez was handed his marching order.

Pep Guardiola made key changes to his side as talisman Erling Haaland was dropped for the Champions League tie, with Julian Alvarez replacing the Norwegian in the no.9 spot.

England attacking midfielder Phil Foden and Portugal international Bernardo Silva were also rested as Guardiola freshened up his starting XI, with an eye on their crunch Premier League match against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this weekend.

Riyad Mahrez missed an opportunity to hand City the lead in the 25th minute as goalkeeper Kamil Grabara parried the City winger’s penalty, while Rodri saw thunder volley ruled following a VAR check.

However, the Cityzens ensured they didn’t concede and shared the spoils with a Copenhagen side that didn't have enough quality to condemn the away side to a defeat.

'We played 10 vs 11 we can't be sad can't be sad.'

Man City star Rodri told BT Sport after the match: "With a very early red card, it's difficult for the team but we fight until the end and we had chances.

"We wanted to come here to win, and it's frustrating. It's an important point, and we keep going. We want to win but how we played 10 against 11 we can't be sad."

On his goal being disallowed, the 26-year-old said: "A bit frustrating, of course. No one realised what is happening, they said it was a handball, I don't know if it was intentional. It was a mess.

"Then we had a penalty, we miss, then the red card and it completely changes the game."

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