KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Jonathan Amon made quite the impression in his first start for FC Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga while Matt Miazga's late goal helped Vitesse to a win in the Eredivisie.
FC Nordsjaelland put on a dominating performance as they had their way with Horsens in their 6-0 win at the Right to Dream Park.
In addition to the big win, it would be a special day for Amon as he was given his first start with the team since signing with them in May.
The Wild Tigers had control of the game from start to finish. They bagged their first goal in the 17th minute through Emiliano Marcondes when Amon broke away from his marker on the left side and made a darting run into the box to fire a shot at goal. Horsens' goalkeeper Jesse Joronen made the save, but the host regained possession, and Karlo Bartolec's cross found the Dane who put the ball in the back of the net with a wicked back-heeled shot.
Marcondes doubled Nordsjaelland's lead in the 32nd minute from the penalty spot after the referee judged that Jonas Thorsen brought down Bartolec in the area.
Ernest Asante added the team's third five minutes later when he ran onto a lobbed pass, put the ball past Joronen and steered the ball into the open net.
Bartolec made it 4-0 for the host three minutes before halftime when his powerful shot deflected off a Horsens defender and into the goal.
Nordsjaelland's momentum went on into the second half and it was time for Amon to shine as he scored his first senior goal for the team in the 55th minute. The 18-year-old was released into the area with a through ball from Marcondes and did well to hold off his marker before slotting his shot past Joronen.
Matias Rasmussen rounded out the scoring in the 78th minute as he put away a cross from Bartolec.
Nordsjaelland sits in third place in the standings with 33 points.
Elsewhere in the Superliga, Perry Kitchen started for Randers in their 2-0 loss to SonderjyskE.
Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench for Hobro in their 3-0 loss to OB
Two late second-half goals ensured Vitesse walked away with the three points in their 2-0 win over Ado Den Haag at the GelreDome.
It was a much-needed win for Vitesse as they had been on a three-game winless run.
The game appeared to be heading towards a scoreless tie until the final seven minutes when the host found the goals to claim the win. Miazga broke the deadlock in the 87th minute when he got his head onto a Mason Mount corner kick that could not be stopped.
Brian Linssen sealed the game in stoppage time when he made a break towards goal, sidestepped Den Haag goalkeeper Robert Zwinkels, and steered the ball into the open goal.
Vitesse sits in sixth place in the standings with 22 points.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Ashton Gotz started for Roda JC in their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Ajax.
Kenny Saief made his return for Gent following a long injury lay-off as he came off the bench in their 3-1 win over Royal Excel Mouscron.
After starting last weekend, Juan Pablo Torres watched from the bench in Sporting Lokeren's 0-0 tie with Sint-Truiden.
Ethan Horvath continued his time on the bench for Club Brugge as they went to seal a 3-2 win over Zulte-Waregem.
Shaquell Moore had a solid start for Levante last weekend but the team was annihilated this time as they went down 5-0 to Atletico Madrid.
Joshua Perez came off the bench for Livorno in their 1-0 loss to Pisa.
Keaton Parks watched from the bench as Benfica came away with a comfortable 6-0 win over Vitoria Setubal.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu started in Reims' 1-0 win over Ajaccio.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench in Auxerre's 1-1 tie with Nancy.
Aron Schoenfeld came off the bench for Maccabi Tel Aviv in their 2-2 tie with Hapoel Haifa.
Shawn Barry watched from the bench in Korona Kielce 3-2 win over Legia Warsaw.
The Eliteserien season wrapped with only Stefan Antonijevic seeing action for the American contingent in Lillestrom's 3-1 win over Sandefjord.
Down in the First Division, Conor O'Brien, who has spent most of his career in Denmark, helped IK Start earn promotion back to the top flight. The team finished in second place.