DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A rough weekend in Denmark saw no Americans register a win, with Chris Rolfe playing a sub role in an embarrassing Aalborg loss to Lyngby and Clarence Goodson and Brøndby rolling over to Copenhagen.
Brøndby IF 1 - 2 FC Copenhagen
Clarence Goodson played the duration in Brøndby's defense, as they were unable to hang onto an early lead and were forced to accept a heartbreaking defeat thanks to a last-second Copenhagen winner.
A flurry of both chances on both ends of the field finally culminated in an opening goal for Brøndby in the 30th minute; Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland failed to punch the ball clear on a corner and while Ragnar Sigurdsson did manage to head it out of the box, it fell to the foot of Mikkel Thygesen for an unstoppable blast for 1-0.
Brøndby did well to protect their lead and were close to doubling it shortly after the break, but fell victim to a weaving run by Dame N'Doye, who cut through the defense and evaded a last-ditch attempted tackle by Goodson before slapping a right-footed shot from outside the area into goal for the equalizer.
N'Doye was the catalyst for the heartbreaking winner at the start of second-half injury time, maintaining pressure on the left side and sending a cross to the center of the six-yard box which César Santín redirected over the line.
Brøndby remain ninth place with the result, hovering a dangerous two points above the drop zone. They next face 11th-place team Lyngby on Sunday in a surprising relegation six-pointer showdown.
AGF Aarhus 1 - 0 FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst patrolled the right side of Nordsjaelland's defense for the full 90 minutes on Saturday, as the team was unable to overcome an early Aarhus goal in a narrow road loss.
Nordsjaelland were quickly in a hole under questionable circumstances when Peter Graulund appeared to pull a long ball from Atle Roar Håland down with his arm on the run before striking it into the net, however the referee allowed the goal to stand.
They were again at the receiving end of a bit of misfortune shortly before the break, as keeper Jesper Hansen grabbed a loose ball in his area but took a knee from AGF striker Søren Larsen in the neck, which eventually forced him out of the game in favor of debutant David Jensen.
The second half was a drab affair from both teams, with Nordsjaelland failing to mount any pressure and the hosts perfectly happy to simply defend their one-goal lead.
The Wild Tigers drop to fifth place after the defeat, and will next host Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE on Sunday.
SønderjyskE 0 - 0 HB Køge
Conor O'Brien played the first 78 minutes of SønderjyskE's game on Saturday, picking up his first yellow card of the season in the scoreless draw with visiting Køge.
After missing several games with injury, Brad Rusin was included in the Køge traveling squad, but did not suit up for the game.
While Køge initially came out of the gates firing, SønderjyskE controlled the flow for much of the first half, highlighted by a Simon Christoffersen header off the bar in the 25th minute.
The hosts continued to maintain their dominance in the second half, although it became increasingly clear they were lacking the final bit of creativity to push for the win.
While they were given a golden opportunity with 14 minutes left when Køge left back Ronnie Bendtsen was given his marching orders for a second yellow, they failed to capitalize, settling for the draw.
SønderjyskE remain eighth place with the point, and have a Sunday-afternoon trip to visit Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland on the immediate horizon.
Køge, who remain in last place with the draw, will be back in action on Wednesday in Danish Cup action against Esbjerg fB, then visit Odense four days later in league action.
Aalborg BK 1 - 2 Lyngby BK
Chris Rolfe saw the last 23 minutes of action as a second-half substitute for Aalborg on Monday night, as they couldn't make use of their early lead against Lyngby in a frustrating home loss.
Aalborg had an early lead, jumping ahead in the sixth minute as Rasmus Würtz picked up a clearance just outside the area and immediately buried his shot past LYngby keeper Rune Pedersen.
This held for barely one-quarter of an hour, after Thomas Augustinussen was left in the dust on the left side by Emil Larsen, who proceeded to beat Aalborg keeper Lasse Nielsen with a chipped equalizer in the 21st minute.
While Aalborg were clearly the better team, Lyngby deadly efficiency was their downfall, as the visitors found the winner on the hour mark with their first and perhaps only good chance of the second half, as Kim Aabech broke free for a clear header on a cross by Patrice Bernier to put his team ahead.
Rolfe entered seven minutes later in an attempt to inject some creativity into an underperforming Aalborg attack, but it was all for naught as they slumped to defeat.
The third straight loss drops Aalborg to sixth in the Superligaen standings, however they will hope for some reprieve when they visit struggling Silkeborg on Saturday.
Babajide Ogunbiyi is out for an extended period of time while recovering from knee surgery and did not take part in Viborg's 1-1 home draw against Brønshøj BK on Sunday.