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Solbakken’s Copenhagen may be undone by own strength

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 SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/By Philip O’Connor

 It was as if Stale Solbakken’s winning machine had been taken by the moment.

Crowned champions minutes before kickoff by Odense’s failure to beat Nordsjaelland, they quickly fell behind to lowly Lyngby.

But the charismatic, shaven-headed FC Copenhagen coach hadn’t delivered a third straight league title — his fifth since taking over in 2006 — by easing off on the home straight.

The Danish champions duly went up the gears on the battered, dry pitch and in the end won comfortably courtesy of goals from Dame N’Doye and Christian Bolanos.

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