DAVID SMITH - Monday, March 7, 2011
The weekend's Danish Superligaen action saw two American center backs in action, with Clarance Goodson helping Brøndby draw Lyngby while Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland were blown out by Randers.
Brøndby IF 1 - 1 Lyngby BK
Clarence Goodson made his debut for Brøndby on Sunday, playing the full 90 minutes in the heart of defense as they earned a draw at home against Lyngby BK in the dying seconds.
The effect of the long winter break was evident for both teams, as an intense first half was marred by overall sloppy play, which saw both teams unable to muster many chance, and waste the few they were able to create.
Brøndby came close to pulling ahead in the 64th minute when Ousman Jallow found Mike Jensen with a cross in front of goal, however Lyngby keeper Rune Pedersen made a fine save to preserve the deadlock.
Lyngby finally scored the opening goal four minutes later, when a free kick from Kim Aabech was blocked by the Brøndby wall, but fell at the foot of Anders Christiansen who put it away for the lead.
The go-ahead goal also led to an unusual situation, which saw Mitja Mörek, who was being treated for a nosebleed on the sidelines, run onto the field to celebrate. As the referee had not yet whistled for him to return to the game, he had no choice but to issue a second yellow card to the defender, reducing Lyngby to ten men for the remainder.
The hosts managed to earn a point from the game in the final moments of injury time, Michael Krohn-Dehli got his head on a free kick from the right, sending it directly in front of goal for Daniel Wass to direct over the line.
Brøndby fall to fourth place with the draw, still only one point behind both Odense and Midtjylland. They will have their second straight home game on Sunday when they host SønderjyskE.
Randers FC 4 - 0 FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst went the distance for Nordsjaelland in central defense, however the team was powerless to stop a barrage of goals from Randers as they were embarrassed on the road on Sunday afternoon.
After maintaining extended pressure in front of Nordsjaelland's goal, Randers went ahead in the 22nd minute when a shot from Erton Fejzullahu was initially blocked by keeper Jesper Hansen, however Kasper Lorentzen put away the rebound for the lead.
They doubled the lead two minutes before the hour, after a Randers free kick was popped up in front of goal out of Hansen's reach, with Søren Jensen heading it home for 2-0.
Matters got worse in the 64th minute with Frank Kristensen's header to beat the Nordsjaelland keeper for 3-0, then the blowout was completed six minutes later when the defense had a momentary lapse of laziness to allow Jonas Kamper to slip through to goal and put away his shot from close range.
The Wild Tigers fall to tenth place after the loss, still five points of the relegation zone. They face an even tougher test on Saturday when they visit second-place Midtjylland.
Chris Rolfe was not included in Aalborg's 18-man roster and forward Marcus Tracy is out for the long haul with a knee problem, keeping both out of uniform for the team's 1-1 draw at home against Silkeborg IF on Saturday.