N'Doye hopeful of Copenhagen progress

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

OM put themselves in the box seats in their last-32 tie against their Danish opponents last week with three goals in the final 18 minutes from Mamadou Niang, Hatem Ben Arfa and Charles Kabore securing a 3-1 victory. Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken cut a dejected figure in defeat at Parken Stadium after seeing his side comfortably hold their own until the closing stages. Solbakken claimed the loss had as good as ended Copenhagen's European ambitions and estimated the odds of them progressing to the last 16 were "10 in 1000". N'Doye is in somewhat more upbeat mood ahead of tomorrow night's return leg, and believes his side have the potential to go to the Stade Velodrome and cause an upset. "We made mistakes with two goals a bit against the run of play when we had more control over the game," said N'Doye, who was guilty of spurning a couple of good goalscoring chances in the first leg. "It's not over yet. Marseille managed to score three away goals, so why not us? "This is football and anything can happen. We will give everything for this return game and we'll see what happens." Copenhagen will again be without captain Ulrik Laursen who is nursing a calf injury, while Niang is a major doubt for Marseille with a sore Achilles tendon and may not be risked by coach Didier Deschamps. Niang's absence could be keenly felt with the striker in good form and fresh from a hat-trick in his side's 3-1 victory over Nancy in Ligue 1 at the weekend. Brandao (groin) and Stephane Mbia (suspended) are definitely sidelined for the hosts. The winners of the clash meet Benfica in the next round after the Portuguese side completed a crushing 5-1 aggregate win over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night.

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