All Whites midfielder Marko Stamenic will miss his next opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League after copping a one-match suspension.
Stamenic (20) was booked in FC Copenhagen’s 0-0 draw with English champions Manchester City, his third yellow card in the pool games.
It means he’ll miss his side’s next game, against Spanish side Sevilla, to be played on October 26 (NZT).
However, he should be available again for the final pool game against Borussia Dortmund on November 3 (NZT).
Copenhagen held Manchester City to a scoreless draw after City’s Sergio Gómez was sent off after half an hour.
Stamenic was in the starting line-up and despite the yellow card, stayed onfield till he was substituted three minutes into added time of the match.
Stamenic became the first New Zealander to play in the elite competition for more than a decade.
Players with the same achievement include four New Zealand internationals — Wynton Rufer (with Werder Bremen), national coach Danny Hay (with Leeds United), Chris Killen (with Celtic) and Kim Wright (with Maltese club Floriana).
Copenhagen qualified for the group stages by beating Turkish club Trabzonspor 2-1 in their two-legged qualifying round.
Wellington-born Stamenic joined the club in September 2020 after impressing scouts when playing for New Zealand at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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