DAVID SMITH - Monday, March 18, 2013
Clarence Goodson and Brøndby earned a point to pull free of the relegation zone while Conor O'Brien had an unexpected weekend off due to a snow delay in Aalborg.
Brøndby IF 1 - 1 FC Midtjylland
A draw at home against Midtjylland was enough to pull Clarence Goodson and Brøndby temporarily to safety, as the team extended their short unbeaten run to three games.
Brøndby looked the superior team for the duration of the opening half, and almost took the lead inside of two minutes when Wolves keeper Jonas Lössl was forced to make a fingertip save on a shot from Jens Larsen.
After coming close on several other occasions, they did finally notch a much deserved opening goal in the 41st minute. Quincy Antipas pulled down a loose ball just inside the attacking end, and charged forward, evading a trio of defenders before hitting the target a low shot to the right side of Lössl's goal.
Unfortunately for the hosts, their lead wouldn't stand for long as Midtjylland equalized in the 49th minute.
Mads Albæk and a pair of Brøndby defenders got caught in a tangle of legs approximately 22 yards from goal, leading the referee to award a free kick to the visitors. Albæk took the attempt himself, with his shot first taking a slight deflection off of the back of Antipas then looping wickedly into the right side of goal just out of Michael Falkesgaard's reach.
The pace of the game dropped after the equalizing goal, and it quickly became a foregone conclusion that the teams would end up playing to a 1-1 draw - the third such scoreline in their three meetings this season.
Brøndby will hope to not lose their momentum over the international break, and will return to action on Friday, March 29 with a trip to ninth-place Esbjerg.
Conor O'Brien and Nordsjaelland made the long trip north to visit Aalborg on Saturday, only to have the game called off after 18 minutes due to heavy snow.
Charlie Davies was a 90th minute substitute for Randers on Sunday afternoon, as their 1-0 home victory over Silkeborg pushed them into second place in the standings.