DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus had no problems to down Fredericia to increase their lead in the First Division while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg were forced to settle for a point against last-place Fyn.
Viborg FF 1 - 1 FC Fyn
Babajide Ogunbiyi played the full 90 minutes in Viborg's central defense and drew a late yellow card on Friday evening as the Greens were unable to hold onto their early lead against league cellar team Fyn.
Jamel Johnson was not included in the traveling squad for the visitors.
Viborg took the lead in lightning-quick fashion, as their first attack after kickoff saw Nicolai Melchiorsen lay a pass into the box for Marc Dal Hende, who spun past his defender and put it into goal after just 24 seconds.
The Viborg midfield and defense kept Fyn from producing any real moments of danger, so it was perhaps fitting when a corner by the visitors saw Fyn defender Steffen Algreen rise up and head the ball into goal, bringing the score even.
The second half saw neither team able to make any headway towards breaking the deadlock, with the final whistle awarding one point to each for their efforts.
The draw still leaves Viborg in 13th place occupying the last non-relegation spot, although with a four-point safety cushion.
They will look to work their way towards the middle of the standings on Sunday when they visit runaway league leaders Aarhus.
FC Fredericia 0 - 3 AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber played the full game in Aarhus' midfield on Sunday, helping the team maintain a shut-out victory over FC Fredericia.
The Whites were quick to fire ahead, as Sanel Kapidzic launched a cross from cross from the left side across the face of goal which Stephan Petersen knocked in near the far post in the sixth minute.
Petersen and midfielder Caspar Sloth were in good position on a breakaway just past the half-hour mark, however instead of going directly for goal, Sloth picked out the wide open Kapidzic who made no mistake with his attempt, putting Aarhus up by two.
They put the game out of reach with six minutes still left in the first half, when a turnover by Fredericia allowed Davit Devdariani to pick out Petersen, who showed his skill to evade several attackers before slamming the ball past the opposing keeper.
Taking their three-goal lead into the half, Aarhus took a tighter approach in the second period, striving to keep Fredericia from finding any way back into the game and generally stifling any attempts the hosts made towards goal.
The win coupled with Vejle's loss on the road now gives Aarhus a comfortable eight-point lead in first place. They will try to scontinue their run towards promotion on Sunday when they host Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg.
Michael Parkhurst was an unused substitute for Nordsjaelland on Sunday as they dropped a 1-0 decision in Silkeborg.
Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are both injured and missed Aalborg's 1-1 draw at home on Saturday against Esbjerg.