DAVID SMITH - Monday, May 9, 2011
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg pulled free of the drop zone with a win over Vejle while a man of the match performance from Clarence Goodson helped Brøndby secure a point from their local derby with Copenhagen.
Aalborg BK 2 - 1 Lyngby BK
Chris Rolfe only saw the first half of action on Friday evening, being pulled after a scoreless first half as Aalborg went on to come out 2-1 winners over Lyngby.
Aalborg were clearly in control throughout the first half, but lacked the sharpness and bite to jump ahead before the break. Not liking what he saw over the first 45 minutes, Aalborg coach Kent Nielsen pulled Rolfe in favor of Mathias Wichmann at the half.
The team paid for their lackadaisical approach early in the second half, as Bajram Fetai was left too much space and a clear line on goal in the 55th minute for a long shot which was well out of the reach of keeper Karim Zaza.
Fortunately for Aalborg, they needed just three minutes to pull even at the other end after Morten Rasmussen rose high to head in a fine cross by Wichmann.
Aalborg kept the upper hand and it was almost a foregone conclusion that they would eventually net a winning goal, which they did with six minutes left in the contest as Thomas Augustinussen hammered home a shot from the edge of the penalty area which bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and over the line to secure the 2-1 win.
The victory pushes Aalborg even higher in the standings, now in seventh place on 34 points, and a visit to last-place Esbjerg on Sunday possibly giving them the chance to move into the upper half.
Brøndby IF 1 - 1 FC Copenhagen
Brøndby's defense saw their three-plus game shut-out streak come to an end in the opening minutes on Sunday at home against FC Copenhagen, however Clarence Goodson and his teammates did manage to pull even and eventually hold on for a point.
This third and final meeting of the season between the two local rivals promised to be an exciting affair, and was already seeing action prior to kickoff when a suspicious package left in front of the stadium was suspected to be a bomb, and delayed the start of the game by 15 minutes.
While the package in the end proved to be harmless, Copenhagen nevertheless took the hint and caused an explosion inside the stadium with the opening goal in the fifth minute.
Swedish wingback Oscar Wendt found his Brazilian teammate Claudemir in a dangerous position with a nice pass into the area, who then laid it back to Dame N'Doye. With Remco van der Schaaf making a desperate attempt to close down his space, N'Doye chipped it over the midfielder and past Brøndby keeper Stephan Andersen for the early 1-0.
Things quickly turned sour for the already-crowned league champions, as central defender Mikael Antonsson had to be pulled with an apparent sickness after just eight minutes with backup Jos Hooiveid taking over.
Brøndby then earned the equalizer - and the eventual point - in the 17th minute when the defense fell asleep on a free kick in their own territory, allowing van der Schaaf to slip free into the box and head the ball into goal for 1-1.
Both team intensely continued the fight for the three points up until the final whistle, however both defenses held strong, with Goodson in particular having a strong game in the back, leading to the final drawn result.
With Odense having also tied their game during the weekend, third-place Brøndby still remain four points behind in the race for the league's final Champions League spot with four games still left to play. They next hit the road to visit fourth-place Midtjylland on Sunday.
Viborg FF 1 - 0 Vejle BK
Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance for Viborg on Friday, helping the back line maintain a shut-out against third-place Vejle on the way to a vital victory which pulled them out of the drop zone.
Viborg were clearly the more aggressive of the two teams, pressuring the Vejle goal until they took the early lead in the 16th minute.
Dennis Høegh intercepted the ball from a careless Vejle defender close to their goal following a corner, and proceeded to evade a pair of closing defenders before striking the ball to the lower corner for 1-0.
The goal woke Vejle up, and they did make a game out of it, however a staunch performance by the Viborg back line assured they wouldn't be able to break through.
Viborg did hang on for the win, however did suffer a blow in the form of an injury to starting keeper Robert Veselovsky, who was taken out at halftime.
The three points combined with other results around the league takes Viborg all the way up to 12th place, however just one point out of the bottom three. They face yet another tough challenge in their next outing when they pay a visit to fifth-place Brønshøj.
Michael was an unused substitute for Nordsjaelland as they fell on the road by a 2-0 score to Esbjerg on Sunday.
Euan Holden sat out of FC Hjørring's 1-1 draw at home against AGF Aarhus on Sunday with a slight injury.