DAVID SMITH - Monday, April 26, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjælland continued their climb through the standings with a win over SønderjyskE while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg gave up a last-second equalizer to Hvidovre.
AGF Aarhus 0 - 3 HB Køge
Benny Feilhaber played the full 90 minutes for Aarhus drawing a yellow card in the process, as the team put on a dismal display in their three-goal loss at home to dead-last Køge on Sunday.
Despite pressuring their visitors in the opening minutes, Aarhus was quick to allow the opening goal, as a nice link-up between Quincy Antipas and Marcel Rømer allowed the latter to easily fire past the inexperienced Aarhus keeper Anders Rasmussen.
Their fate was practically sealed in first-half stoppage time when Nicolaj Madsen came out of nowhere to put in an impressive solo effort, then the final nail was driven in shortly into the second half as Antipas exploited weak Aarhus defending to make it 3-0 after 56 minutes.
The loss leaves Aarhus barely hanging on to safety, having a mere two point lead over Randers, who will still play on Monday evening possibly pushing Feilhaber and his teammates into the relegation zone with a win.
They will hope for a better result on Sunday when they visit Silkeborg.
FC Nordsjælland 3 - 1 SønderjyskE
Michael Parkhurst played the full game in Nordsjælland's central defense on Sunday as they blew past SønderjyskE in grand fashion in their Danish Cup semifinal tune-up.
Attacking midfielder Andreas Granskov put the Wild Tigers ahead after 17 minutes, diving fearlessly to head in a ball from Henrik Kildentoft, and the hosts seemed to maintain a good control over matters for the full game.
Bajram Fetai worked his way around several defenders two minutes past the hour before emphatically slamming the ball into goal for the 2-0 lead, then a team effort made it three, with Rawez Lawan playing Nicolai Stokholm free on the right, who set up Granskov with fine cross to fire into an open net in the 71st minute.
The visitors grabbed a consolation goal six minutes later with Søren Frederiksen slightly fortunate when shooting through a crowd, but that would be the last threat as Nordsjælland held on for the 3-1 win.
The Wild Tigers climb to seventh place, with a now plausible chance of reaching the top three should they hold on to their hot streak. They will face Randers on Sunday in league action, however will first try to protect their 2-0 lead in the Danish Cup semifinal on Wednesday when they visit Vejle.
FC Copenhagen 2 - 0 Aalborg BK
Chris Rolfe only lasted through the first half for Aalborg on Sunday as they were unable to take any positive result away from title-chasing Copenhagen.
Rolfe came close to putting Aalborg into the lead after 22 minutes, but the hosts immediately grabbed the advantage at the other end after keeper Karim Zaza tripped up Dame N'Doye, allowing César Santín to score from the spot.
They doubled the lead in the 37th minute, again with N'Doye being the catalyst, as the Senegalese striker set up Zdenech Pospech on the right to sent a diagonal shot just inside the far post.
Both teams kept up a high tempo of play in creating a steady stream of chances in the second half, but neither was able to add the final touch necessary to break through as Copenhagen held on for the 2-0 win.
Aalborg remain in third despite the loss, however could fall pending the result of fourth-place Midtjylland's game on Monday evening, who they will face on Sunday with a direct shot at the Europa League on the line.
Viborg FF 2 - 2 Hvidovre IF
Babajide Ogunbiyi took his usual spot as the anchor of the Viborg defense on Sunday as they gave up a last-minute equalizer to visiting Hvidovre.
Viborg largely dominated the game, holding the vast advantage in possession after jumping out to a 14th-minute lead thanks to Simion Bulgaru capitalizing on a corner situation which Hvidovre was unable to effectively clear.
The visitors drew even after 38 minutes with Anders Clausen heading in a corner, but Viborg retook the lead just before the half as the continued the team's trend of being deadly on set pieces, this time with Razak Pimpong being slotting in the final shot.
Their defense held the lead for the entire second half and looked headed to an important three points, but had their hearts broken in stoppage time, as Mohammed Abdalas took advantage of Viborg's inability to deal with a corner, sending the ball into the net to give each team one point for their efforts.
The draw sees Viborg remain in sixth place, with their next encounter being a visit to struggling Skive on Sunday.
FC Fyn 1 - 0 FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington got the start for Roskilde, however they were unable to take advantage of a man-advantage for the final 13 minutes as they fell by a single goal to FC Fyn on Sunday.
A defensive error by Roskilde allowed Claus Pedersen to slot in the go-ahead goal for Fyn from the spot just past the hour mark, however the favor was nearly returned when Mustapha Papa Diop was sent off in the 77th minute, giving the visitors hope of taking something from the game.
Despite their better efforts, they were unable to capitalize, consigned to suffer their first loss of the spring.
Roskilde remain in 13th place with the loss, still four points clear of the drop zone. They will host 14th-place Kolding in a midweek makeup game before welcoming 15th-place Frem four day later.
Euan Holden is recovering from surgery for a groin injury and did not participate as Vejle drew FC Vestsjælland 2-2 at home on Sunday.