DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The Danish domestic season kicked off over the weekend, with Conor O'Brien and Horsens celebrating their return to the top flight with a draw at Aalborg, and a heavy loss for George Fochive and Viborg.
Viborg FF 0 - 4 FC Nordsjaelland
Former Portland Timber George Fochive kicked off his first full season at Viborg in the starting lineup, however it was otherwise an evening to forget for the Green Ones as they suffered a heavy home loss to Nordsjaelland.
After joining Viborg midway through last season and gradually seeing more action as the season wound down, Fochive was at the heart of the team's midfield for the season's opening whistle and played for the first 67 minutes of the game.
Nordsjaelland jumped to an early lead in the 23rd minute when Andreas Skovgaard took advantage of a bad giveaway deep in the Viborg end and set up Tobias Mikkelsen in front of an open net.
They doubled it at the half-hour after Marcus Ingvartsen found the net from a tight angle near the endline, and made it three just before the hour mark when Ramon Rodriguez struck a low shot from the edge of the area.
Joshua John then made the defense look like amateurs in adding a fourth, taking on and beating multiple defenders as he wove in from the left, before nailing his shot from 10 yards out.
Viborg will look to regroup quickly in time to face Aarhus on Friday.
Aalborg BK - AC Horsens
Conor O'Brien and Horsens both made their return to the Superliga on Sunday, sneaking a point at Aalborg in a game they will be disappointed to have not won.
O'Brien started in his traditional central midfield role for the Yellow Danger, and played the full 90 minutes.
After neither team could fully capitalize on several close calls in the opening 45 minutes, Horsens went ahead 10 minutes into the second half, as Bubacarr Sanneh put away a powerful header from a Frederik Møller corner.
Despite coming close to doubling the lead several minutes later when Kim Aabech's shot bounced off the left post, the Horsens finally gave way under instense pressure from their hosts to give up the equalizer in the final minute of regulation.
Aalborg midfielder Rasmus Würtz's shot from the edge was blocked by the Horsens keeper, however former New York Red Bull defender Markus Holgersson was waiting in perfect position in front of goal to put away the rebound for the 1-1 final score.
Horsens are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they take on O'Brien's former team SønderjyskE.