DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 21, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi finally made his return to competitive action for Viborg after knee surgery, playing the final ten minutes on Wednesday as the team was ousted from the Danish Cup.
Ogunbiyi had missed all of Viborg's pre-season and first four league games as he recovered from off-season surgery, and after appearing on Viborg's bench in their last few outings, finally got the chance to take the field in their first-round cup tie.
With all of Denmark's top-division clubs excluded from the first round, this clash between the two sides relegated from the Superligaen at the end of last season was the clear highlight of the round.
Aarhus had suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Viborg in league play just 10 days prior to this game, and clearly signaled their intent to atone for the abject performance when they jumped to the lead after 24 minutes.
AGF defender Daniel Christensen played the ball forward to new arrival midfielder Kim Aabech, who quickly returned it to Christensen for a shot aimed just inside the far corner for the 1-0 lead.
Aarhus generally looked the better of the two teams and kept their hosts from causing keeper Lukas Fernandes any real work to do between the nets.
The visitors then effectively sealed the win 14 minutes from full time when Mate Vatsadze pulled down a long ball on the counter, had his initial shot blocked, but was lucky enough to put the rebound away past Viborg keeper Peter Friis Jensen for the 2-0.
Ogunbiyi entered the game with ten minutes on the clock for central defender Jacob Egeris, presumably to take advantage of his size and attacking skills from his previous years as a forward.
The Aarhus defense had little trouble holding strong, however, cruising through the final minutes to the win.
Now with his first post-surgery appearance in the current season out of the way, Ogunbiyi will hope to see his playing time in Viborg's defense increase, beginning with their game on Saturday afternoon at Brønshøj.