DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 23, 2010
Michael Parkhurst left the field early with an injury in Nordsjælland's loss at Midtjylland while Babajide Ogunbiyi found the net for Viborg in their thrilling win over erstwhile leaders Skive.
FC Midtjylland 4 - 0 FC Nordsjælland
Michael Parkhurst was forced out of the game with an apparent dislocated shoulder early in the first half as Nordsjælland suffered a late collapse at Midtjylland on Monday evening, giving up four goals in the final 20 minutes.
Both teams relied on tight defense in the early-going, effectively limiting any space to develop an attack and quashing any action in front of goal.
The Wild Tigers suffered a blow after 17 minutes when Parkhurst went down hard on the turf, injuring his shoulder and being carted off the field to be replaced by youngster Mathias Nielsen.
The 19 year-old rookie held his own in central defense as the Nordsjælland defense continued to stifle the Wolves throughout the rest of the first half and through much of the second.
Matters took a quick turn, however, when an unforced turnover from Matti Lund Nielsen sent Midtjylland on the break, with Nigerian youngster Izunna Uzochukwu finally looping the ball over keeper Jesper Hansen and into the netting for the 70th-minute lead.
Ken Fagerberg doubled the lead eight minutes later with a well-placed header, then Jonas Borring made the result certain in the 83rd minute with a weaving solo effort to beat Hansen for 3-0.
The rout was finally completed two minutes later when the defense allowed Frank Kristensen to sneak into position and tap in a pass from Borring for their fourth goal in 15 minutes.
The loss drops the Wild Tigers down to ninth place on six points. They will next take on lower division club Vanløse on Thursday evening in Danish Cup action before returning to Farum Park three days later to host struggling Aalborg.
Viborg FF 3 - 2 Skive IK
Babajide Ogunbiyi bagged his first goal for Viborg as the Greens twice came from behind to finally overcome Skive IK on Friday evening for their first win of the season.
Coming into the weekend atop the league standings, Skive got off to a quick start when Thomas Dalgaard took a pass from the left, turned and fired his shot past Robert Veselovsky for the lead.
Both teams came close in the latter stages of the half before Viborg equalized two minutes before the break. Ogunbiyi showed off the skills from his early days as a striker, leaping above the crowd of surrounding defenders to head in a corner, bringing the game even.
This was to be short-lasted, as a shot from Dalgaard on the break was parried by Veselovsky, only to be pushed over the line on the rebound by Kristian Nielsen to restore the lead in the 44th minute.
Unfazed, the Greens needed just five minutes after the intermission to bring matters even once more, with Jesper Kjærulff quick to respond to a goalkeeping error, leaving him with a free shot into the open net.
With momentum on their side, Viborg notched the winner in the 73rd minute, with Marc Dal Hende rounding his defender and picking out Kevin Mensah in front of goal for the eventual winner.
The win gives Viborg four points from their first three games, enough for an eighth-place standing.
They have a Tuesday-evening Danish Cup visit to fourth-tier Ringkøbing which they should fully expect to win with little problem before the weekend's league matchup, a visit to second-place AB Copenhagen on Sunday.
FC Roskilde 0 - 2 AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber went the distance for Aarhus on Friday evening, picking up a yellow card for his efforts as the Whites downed their hosts Roskilde thanks to a pair of second-half goals.
Roskilde central defender Jamil Fearrington was left out of the lineup and did not feature for the hosts.
Forced into several pre-game changes due to last-minute injuries, Aarhus started out slow but gradually found their footing as the half went on, consistently applying pressure on the Roskilde defense and coming close on several occasions.
Their clearest chance of the half occurred with ten minutes remaining until the intermission, when a short-range blast from Davit Devdariani was blocked by the Roskilde keeper, then the followup from Peter Graulund flew just wide.
Feilhaber was shown yellow by the referee in the 55th minute when the referee felt he went to ground with little provocation from the defender. It was of little concern, however, as Graulund gave them the lead three minutes later when he headed in a fine cross from Adam Eckersley.
Stephan Petersen then added the insurance goal ten minutes later, controlling a short pass from Casper Sloth and firing his shot from the edge of the area just inside the upper right corner.
The win lifts Aarhus into third place, trailing AB Copenhagen only by goal differential and just two points off league leaders Vestsjælland, who they will host in league action on Saturday. They will first take on fourth-division Odder in Cup play on Wednesday.
Roskilde now sit second from bottom in the standings, still looking for their first point of the season. Having been eliminated from the Danish Cup in the first round, they will next visit Skive on Sunday.
Both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are still working their way back from injury, meaning that neither suited up for Aalborg's embarrassing 2-0 loss at home to previously last-place team Esbjerg fB on Saturday.