DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi was the only American in action in Denmark over the weekend, making his top-flight debut as a late substitute in Viborg's draw with Nordsjaelland.
FC Nordsjaelland 1 - 1 Viborg FF
One week after re-joining newly-promoted Viborg, Babajide Ogunbiyi took the field as a 77th-minute substitute in their come-from-behind draw with Nordsjaelland.
After playing the full 90 minutes in their season opener four days earlier, Nordsjaelland midfielder Conor O'Brien was not in uniform for the hosts.
After suffering a brutal blow-out loss in their first outing, the hosts wasted no time in showing their intention of making a quick recovery.
Two minutes after the opening whistle, a free kick into the Viborg box drifted through to the right side, where Morten Nordstrand deftly centered it with a short overhead cross. A poor attempt to head the ball clear from danger saw it land at the foot of Nicolai Stockholm at two yards out, and the wily veteran made no mistake in slapping it in for the lead.
Viborg did manage to hold the line despite the early setback, and pulled even shortly after the halftime break.
Thomas Dalgaard was excruciatingly close in the 49th minute when his header careened off the right upright, but Lucas Jensen was ultimately the decider three minutes later. A corner was poorly cleared by the Nordsjaelland defense, and landed in perfect position for a wide-open Jensen to calmly tuck it away just inside the near post.
With 13 minutes remaining in the game, Ogunbiyi was brought on for Dalgaard in order to add an extra presence in the back line and preserve the draw.
The result leaves Viborg with two draws from their first two games, and sitting in the middle of the 12-team standings. Next up in the docket for the Greens is a Sunday-afternoon trip to Odense.
With one point from their first two games, Nordsjaelland are spared from the league's bottom spot only thanks to Copenhagen's surprising start of two losses in two. They will have a short turnaround, as they host Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday in Champions League qualifying action, then will visit Aarhus in league action four days later.
Charlie Davies was not in uniform for Randers on Sunday, as they drew 1-1 at home against Odense BK.