DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 9, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjælland suffered a tough loss at home to Brøndby while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg started their promotion push with a goalless draw in Kolding.
FC Nordsjælland 1 - 3 Brøndby IF
Michael Parkhurst went the distance for Nordsjælland, as they showed their weariness from last week's trip to Portugal in a home loss to Brøndby on Sunday afternoon.
The Wild Tigers were still recovering from their nearly 2000-mile trip back from Portugal after Thursday's Europa League loss, and clearly showed it by allowing the visitors to hold the upper hand for the entire opening half.
Despite Brøndby's dominance, the half would have remained scoreless were it not for a tricky long shot from Michael Krohn-Dehli, which took an unexpected bounce in the went conditions and left Nordsjælland watching the ball fly past him and into goal for an early 14th-minute lead to the visitors.
The second half saw Nordsjælland beginning to enforce their style of play on the field, heaping continued pressure on Brøndby, but yet failing to bury any of their chances.
They were made to pay with 18 minutes left in regulation, as Daniel Wass was inexplicably left unmarked in front of goal to head an excellent cross from Thomas Rasmussen to bring the score to 2-0.
Morten Wieghorst's squad were handed a lifeline three minutes later as Bajram Fetai was felled Remco van der Schaaf in the area. While Nicolai Stockholm's spot kick was at first diverted by Stephan Andersen, Fetai put away the rebound to give the home crowd hopes of possibly escaping with a point.
With the home team pushing hard for the tie, Brøndby held strong and put the game in the books in injury time as midfielder Mike Jensen found space at the near post to complete a counter-attack, and buried his shot for the final 3-1 win.
The loss drops Nordsjælland into fifth place on six points. Parkhurst and his teammates have one week to regroup and prepare for next Sunday's difficult derby at the home of first-place Copenhagen.
FC Vestsjælland 3 - 1 FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde started their season off on a sour note, giving up three goals to Vestsjælland while only notching one of their own in a season-opening loss.
The game quickly got off on the wrong note for Fearrington and his teammates as Andreas Schultz headed in a corner for the the 16th-minute home lead.
They were again done in on a corner situation nine minutes after the break as Rasmus Festersen connected on a low shot, but pulled one back with 11 minutes in regulation when Tobias Perch-Nielsen connected on a cross into the danger area and sent his shot inside the far post.
There was no heroic comeback in order for Roskilde, however, as a long shot Kristian Uth was misjudged by the Roskilde keeper and allowed to fly into the net for the 90th-minute insurance goal.
Roskilde face their next league game on Sunday when they visit newly-promoted Hjøring, however will first turn their attention towards the Danish Cup where they face fourth-division Birkerød on Wednesday.
Kolding FC 0 - 0 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance in Viborg's central defense, drawing a second-half yellow card as the Greens put up goose-eggs on their trip to Kolding on Sunday.
Kolding showed signs they might not be the relegation fodder they were pinned for as they played a tough Viborg squad evenly in the early-going, nearly taking the lead on an early corner that was cleared barely in time by defender George Popkhadze.
The teams traded moments of danger without truly baring their teeth, with Kolding wasting a clear breakaway midway through the first half before a shot from Viborg's Kevin Mensah flew barely wide on the stroke of the half.
The second half was controlled better by Viborg, but was a clinic of missed opportunities as multiple chances went wanting, leaving each team with an underwhelming point as the reward for their efforts.
Viborg take on fellow promotion hopefuls FC Vestsjælland on Sunday, but will first take on Kjellerup IF in Cup play on Wednesday.
Neither Marcus Tracy nor Christ Rolfe participated in Aalborg's scoreless draw at home to Silkeborg on Saturday, as both are recovering from injuries.
Benny Feilhaber did not suit up for Aarhus as they opened their First Division campaign with a scoreless draw against Vejle on Sunday. AGF face third-flight Holstebro in the Danish Cup on Thursday, however Feilhaber will likely not participate as he will travel to the US to face Brazil in international play one day before.