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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Gideon Baah (29')
  • Macoumba Kandji (90'+3')
  • Per Nilsson (89')

HJK Helsinki 2-1 FC Copenhagen

Macoumba Kandji was the hero for HJK Helsinki with a stoppage-time winner only moments after Per Nilsson thought he had snatched a crucial point for FC Copenhagen.
Kandji headed home in the third minute of time added on to give Helsinki a 2-1 win which keeps their hopes alive in Group B of the Europa League, while Copenhagen crash out.
Kandji struck just three minutes after Nilsson's equaliser cancelled out Gideon Baah's 28th minute opener.
It was a dramatic twist, as a 1-1 draw would have kept Copenhagen in the picture while eliminating Helsinki.
Both sides began the night knowing victory was their best hope as they sat third and fourth in the standings, and there was a frantic start with both teams on the attack.
Steve De Ridder fired wide from close range for Copenhagen before Mika Vayrynen warmed the palms of visiting goalkeeper Stephan Andersen with a shot from range.
Nikolai Alho then blazed over before Teemu Tainio's header just missed the target.
Helsinki broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when Baah turned in Vayrynen's cross.
Copenhagen tried to respond immediately with Andreas Cornelius seeing his header held by Antonio Doblas before Per Nilsson nodded wide.
At the other end, Robin Lod was denied by Andersen before the break.
The second half was less than a minute old when Copenhagen won a free-kick from which Mikael Antonsson fired wide.
Rurik Gislason and Pierre Bengtsson both spurned chances for the visitors in the following minutes, but Helsinki saw out the period of pressure.
A fresh wave of Copenhagen attacks began after the hour mark, with Doblas keeping out headers from Cornelius and Nilsson before De Ridder fired wide.
The pressure continued to build in the final 10 minutes.
Cornelius saw a shot blocked before hitting the crossbar with a header in the 89th minute.
Seconds later, they got their reward as Cornelius turned provider, crossing for Nilsson to head home from close range.
But with the hard work seemingly done, there was a cruel twist as Kandji headed in Lod's cross in the dying seconds.
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