DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A high scoring weekend in Denmark saw Babajide Ogunbiyi and George Fochive contribute to their teams' commanding totals, while AJ Soares and Aarhus were on the wrong end of a blowout.
Silkeborg IF 1 - 5 Viborg FF
George Fochive made the most of his long substitute appearance, setting up Viborg's final goal in their commanding road win over Silkeborg.
The visitors were forced to make immediate adjustments when Christian Keller was forced out of the game due to injury inside the quarter-hour, with Fochive taking his place in central midfield.
Unfazed, they jumped to a two-goal lead before the half, with Mikkel Rask pouncing on a loose ball following a free kick for their first just past the half-hour, then adding a second to his tally with a 41st-minute crack from distance following a corner.
They continued the charge immediately after the half, with Jung Bin Park first setting up Oliver Thychosen in the 48th minute, and then doing the same for Jonas Kamper one minute later to establish the insurmountable 4-0 margin.
Viborg added a fifth and final goal in the 84th minute, with Fochive first redirecting a corner from the left towards the far post with a glancing header, with perfect placement for Kamper to stoop down and head it over the line.
Silkeborg did net a consolation goal with two minutes remaining after Andreas Albers put away a penalty, but it did little to take away from the day's accomplishment.
The result keeps The Green Ones in tenth place on seven points, however the margin of victory does help their aggregate goal differential which had dipped well in the negative range. They will try to build on their momentum when they host Midtjylland next Sunday.
AGF Aarhus 0 - 7 Brøndby IF
AJ Soares and AGF Aarhus made a mess of their home game with rivals Brøndby on Sunday, giving up a touchdown on the way to a humiliating blow-out loss.
A 15th-minute red card to Aarhus defender Dzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov for taking down the streaking Teemu Pukki immediately put the hosts on the back foot, and Brøndby wasted no time in effectively putting the game out of reach before the half.
Kamil Wilczek put them ahead in the 24th with a shot past keeper Steffen Rassmussen, then Aarhus defender Niklas Backman turned on into his own net for give his team a 2-0 deficit 15 minutes later.
Andrew Hjulsager and Hany Mukhtar added Brøndby's third and fourth goals in the minutes leading up to halftime, sending a shellshocked Aarhus into the break knowing the game was already well out of reach.
Relentless, Brøndby continued to push after the intermission, making it a 5-0 blowout when Teemu Pukki converted a penalty two minutes after the restart, and finally completing the rout with Hjulsager's second and third goals just past the hour to complete the humiliation.
Aarhus remain in seventh despite the result, and will try to lick their wounds on Sunday when they visit third-place Aalborg.
Skive IK 1 - 4 Hobro IK
Hobro continued their sudden turnaround from a previously sputtering league start, with Babajide Ogunbiyi netting the winning goal and setting up two others in their destruction of hapless Skive IK on Thursday.
Hobro opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Ogunbiyi redirected a corner into position for Anders Holvad to knock over the line, then made it 2-0 when the American headed in his first goal of the season three minutes later.
Two minutes before the half, they added a third when a long throw in was headed on several times, with Ogunbiyi finally putting it into position for Wilifried Domoraud to put away.
Moments before the half, Skive's Mathias Sørensen reduced Hobro's lead to two with an acrobatic attempt, but the visitors prevented any further damage after the break, adding another for good measure after Kaspar Lynge Nielsen made it 4-1 in the 82nd minute.
With this, their second straight win, Hobro continue their climb up the First Division table, and will try to improve upon their current fifth place spot when they host winless Vendsyssel FF on Sunday.
Conor O'Brien started and played the first 71 minutes for AC Horsens on Friday as they notched their first win of the season with a last-second goal in a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Lyngby.
Michael Lansing was Vejle's backup keeper while neither Sammy Adjei nor Ryan Finley was in uniform for the hosts in Vejle's 3-0 road win over Naestved BK.