DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland bested Køge to return to second place while Clarence Goodson and Brøndby earned a tough point on their visit to Odense.
Aalborg BK 2 - 0 AC Horsens
Chris Rolfe played the full 90 minutes for Aalborg on Saturday as they continued their turnaround with a shut-out win over AC Horsens.
Aalborg were quick to take the lead after 20 minutes when a free kick from the left by Anders Due was redirected towards goal by Lasse Nielsen. Horsens keeper Søren Jochumsen did block the shot before it went over the line, however put it directly into the path of Thomas Augustinussen for an easy opener.
Still hanging onto their narrow lead shortly after the break, head coach Denmark Kent Nielsen pulled Kayke Rodrigues in favor of Helenius in the 56th minute, and his move paid dividends almost immediately.
Three minutes later, Helenius did fine work to maintain possession on the left edge of the six-yard box and sneak his way in front of goal, where he found space for a short shot for the final 2-0 win.
Aalborg remain sixth with the win, although now just two points out of the European spots. Following the international break, they face a tough trip to Midtjylland.
HB Køge 0 - 2 FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland returned to their winning ways on Sunday, putting a pair of goals past Brad Rusin and Køge to notch up their ninth win of the season.
Both played the full 90 minutes in the teams' respective defenses, with Rusin picking up his fourth yellow card of the season.
Midway through the first half, the Wild Tigers took the advantage in eye-popping fashion, as a headed ball out of the box fell at the foot of Søren Christensen for a 30-yard blast which bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line.
Nordsjaelland looked the superior team throughout, and added an insurance goal 13 minutes from time when a low header by Mikkel Beckmann was blocked, but left to hang in the six-yard box where Rawez Lawan opportunistically slapped it in to secure the win.
Parkhurst and the second-place Wild Tigers return to action on the Sunday following the international break when Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE come for a visit.
Køge remain dead-last in the standings with a paltry five points from their first 15 games, but could catch a break in their next game when they visit 11th-place Lyngby.
Odense BK 0 - 0 Brøndby IF
Clarence Goodson and the Brøndby defense did a fine job to shut down Odense BK on Sunday, as they battled to a scoreless draw on the road.
Despite an early dominance by Brøndby, the game settled with both team appearing at times too sloppy on the ball to do any real damage.
The game became increasingly frantic in the second half, although both still lacked the precision to pounce on any opportunities, with the referee's whistle finally confirming the scoreless result.
Brøndby remain tenth place with the point, although their cushion above the drop zone is now three points. They have a tough outing after the break, hosting first-place FC Copenhagen.
SønderjyskE 1 - 1 AGF Aarhus
Conor O'Brien played the final 24 minutes of regulation on Monday evening, as SønderjyskE battle back from an early goal at home against AGF Aarhus to rescue one point.
While SønderjyskE were closest in the first quarter-hour, Aarhus took an unexpected lead in the 16th minute when a long clearance from their own box fell in-stride into the path of Aron Johannsson who had slipped between the central defenders.
The Icelandic international striker simply continued his run towards goal and coolly slotted over the keeper's right shoulder for an emphatic 1-0 lead.
Unable to pull even throughout the rest of the first half and the early going of the second, SønderjyskE coach Lars Søndergaard brought on O'Brien and Kenneth Fabricius around the hour mark, and the latter eventually repaid his coach's confidence.
With the final seconds of the four minutes of added time winding down, Quincy Antipas slipped a through-ball into the left side of the area for Fabricius, whose first-touch left-footed shot was out of the keeper's reach, earning his team the point.
Despite the moral boost from the come-back, SønderjyskE nevertheless drop to ninth place, and will pay a visit to second-place Nordsjaelland after the pause.
Babajide Ogunbiyi is recovering from knee surgery and will not suit up for Viborg on Sunday when they visit FC Vestsjaelland.