DAVID SMITH - Monday, November 15, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland carried their midweek cup momentum into an important win against Lyngby while a last-second Benny Feilhaber spot kick secured the win for Aarhus over Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg.
FC Nordsjaelland 2 - 1 Lyngby BK
Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's central defense on Sunday as they held off Lyngby for an important victory.
The Wild Tigers put their intention to carry their midweek cup momentum on full display, keeping the tempo high from the opening whistle and jumping into the lead after 19 minutes.
Nicolai Stockholm's shot was first blocked by a Lyngby defender at the line, however the ball landed too close to Tobias Mikkelsen, who smashed it over the line to give Nordsjaelland the 1-0 advantage.
Lyngby pulled even in the 65th minute in questionable circumstances, when a pass by Anders Christiansen to Ayoub Sørensen was first flagged by the linesman as occurring when the latter was in an offside position. However as the referee had seen a foul by Stockholm on Christiansen prior to the pass, he pointed to the spot, allowing Lasse Rise to step up and slot home the equalizer.
The hosts kept their composure and continue to push until the final minutes, and were lucky to retake the lead for good with four minutes left in regulation. A swift attack saw Anders Due send a cross in from the left, which was accidentally deflected to a wide-open Patrice Bernier to easily put away for the late winner.
Having finally broken free of their long winless streak, the team climbs one spot to ninth place, at the rear of a tight pack of six teams separated by just four points.
They face a tough local derby on Sunday when they pay a visit to runaway league leaders Copenhagen's Parken Stadium on Sunday.
AGF Aarhus 1 - 0 Viborg FF
Benny Feilhaber broke the deadlock with Viborg in the final seconds of play, netting a vital spot kick to down Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg on Sunday.
In an opening marred by a cold rain on the field, Viborg came out the brighter of the two teams and had several chances in the first five minutes of play, capped by a header by Ogunbiyi on a corner that barely grazed the top of the Aarhus crossbar.
Both teams threatened on a handful of occasions throughout the half, but neither had the sharpness to finish the job, leaving the game scoreless heading into the intermission.
The second half settled into a pattern with Aarhus clearly on the attack and Viborg staunchly protecting their goal, leaving the game appearing to be headed towards a scoreless finale.
This all turned on its head in stoppage time as Aron Jóhannsson played Dennis Høegh free into the penalty area, however Viborg keeper Robert Veselovsky was judged by the referee to have tripped up the Danish youth international in his attempted clearance, giving the hosts the final opportunity to grab the three points.
Having already come through for his team in the clutch on several occasions throughout the season, Feilhaber stepped up to the spot and knocked a cheeky shot to the right side of Veselovsky, with the keeper having dove the wrong way, propelling Aarhus to the dramatic win.
Aarhus keep their eight-point lead over second-place Vejle in tact with the win, and will look to continue their run on Sunday when they visit Brønshøj in their final game before the winter break.
Viborg stay barely out of the relegation zone in 13th place despite the loss, however will have the pressure on when they visit FC Vestsjælland on Sunday.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both injured, with neither participating on Saturday as Aalborg drew 2-2 at Midtjylland.
Jamel Johnson was not included on Fyn's bench as they picked up a valuable three points at home against Roskilde BK.