DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 16, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi's second goal of the season was enough to give Viborg the win at Aarhus while a poor evening from Conor O'Brien and Odense gave last-place Brøndby their first win.
AGF Aarhus 0 - 1 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg put in a strong road performance, with the American heading in the lone goal of the game in the team's shut-out victory over AGF Aarhus.
A 4-1 loss two weeks ago to Copenhagen ended what had been a strong run by the newly-promoted Greens, and visiting an Aarhus team that had netted six goals in their last outing promised to be a tough road back to the winning column.
Viborg were up to the challenge, however, and saw their American central defender prove to be the difference maker.
19 minutes into the game, a good effort by Viborg's Aleksandar Stankov was barely clawed out for a corner by Aarhus keeper Steffen Rassmussen. On the ensuing corner, Christopher Poulsen found Ogunbiyi at the far corner, who rose above his marking defender to send a powerful header over the line for the lead.
Despite putting some pressure on the defense shortly after the break, the hosts quickly ran out of steam as the second half wore on. In the end, bereft of ideas, they could only heft long balls towards the Viborg goal, where Ogunbiyi and central defense partner Jacob Egeris had little issues to clear all danger.
The victory puts Viborg back on the winning track, and even with their recent collapse to Copenhagen, the team has won three of their last four in league play.
They currently sit fifth in the Superliga standings, and will have their toughest test of the season on Saturday afternoon when they pay a visit to undefeated league leaders Midtjylland.
Brøndby IF 2 - 1 Odense BK
Conor O'Brien made his debut league appearance for new employers Odense, playing the full 90 minutes in the middle of the park as they suffered an unexpected loss to erstwhile last-place team Brøndby.
Brøndby were the aggressors for much of the opening half, forcing a number of set pieces and taking the lead on one such opportunity near the halftime whistle.
In the 36th minute, Dario Dumic fired a corner kick in front of goal, where a poorly marked Martin Ørnskov was left too much space to head in the go-ahead goal for the hosts.
Odense equalized just past the hour mark thanks to a heads-up play by Email Larsen, who seeing his one-on-one opportunity initially saved by Brøndby keeper Lucas Hradecky, immediately pounced upon the rebound for the 1-1.
This was short-lived, however, as the entry of Macedonian international Ferhan Hasani in the 64th minute almost immediately paid dividends for the hosts.
Two minutes after stepping foot on the field for his debut appearance with the team, Hasani netted the winner when a long-range shot from Quincy Antipas bounced off the crossbar and landed at his feet directly in front of goal for an easy finish.
A frantic final 20 minutes saw Odense pushing for an equalizer and Brøndby likewise sparing no effort to further their lead, but the 2-1 scoreline in favor of the hosts held through the final whistle.
Odense fall to seventh with the result, and will need to be careful as they pay a visit to wounded, but still dangerous Copenhagen on Sunday.