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Joel Ndala snatches late draw for Manchester City

Joel Ndala Goal celebration

Joel Ndala was the Manchester City hero again as he scored a stoppage timer equaliser against FC Copenhagen to maintain top of the group in the UEFA Youth League.

City fell behind to a sensational second-half solo effort but Ndala scored his second dramatic late European goal in as many matches to ensure the spoils were shared.

Both teams came into the match on six points from their opening two group games and are tied on goal difference so a win for either side presented an opportunity to go clear at the top.

The game’s first big chance fell to City after 20 minutes when Carlos Borges sent a searching low cross into the box for Will Dickson who fired just wide of the goal.

City had another big chance early in the second half when Borges rolled Abedire Mebude in behind but he was denied by a crucial last-ditch challenge.

Copenhagen took the lead in the 54th minute when Sahsah collected the ball and drove through the heart of the City defence before placing a strike into the bottom left corner.

Noah Sahsah

Noah Sahsah scored in the 54th minute [F.C. København 2020]

City went close to a late equaliser in the 85th minute when Kane Taylor held up the ball following a free kick and laid it back for Shea Charles to strike but his effort was well saved.

City piled on late pressure and almost nabbed an equaliser five minutes later when a cross from the left found substitute Josh Adam who pulled back for fellow sub Daniel Ogwuru who could only flick it wide.

They got their leveller in stoppage time when Borges drilled a low pullback through a crowded penalty area and found Joel Ndala who crashed in an effort off the bar to steal a point.

Another late show from City earned them a deserved draw and keeps them at the top of the group on goals scored.

The result sets up an even more exciting encounter between the sides in Copenhagen next week with either team able to confirm qualification to the knockout stages with a win.

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