DAVID SMITH - Monday, May 7, 2012
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland pulled to within a single point of the league lead while Brad Rusin and Køge saw their relegation finally confirmed with a loss to Aarhus.
Lyngby BK 0 - 2 FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes at right back for Nordsjaelland, assisting on the winning goal as a shut-out win over their hosts Lyngby gave them hope of taking home the Superligaen title.
Just before the break, Nordsjaelland took a much-deserved advantage, as Parkhurst ran onto a long ball in the right side of the area, and hit a short, awkward cross which Søren Christensen put away into the underside of the upper netting for the lead.
Fighting for their very survival in the league, Lyngby kept it tight, but conceded the insurance goal to their visitors with two minutes left, as a defensive error left Tobias Mikkelsen with a clear run on goal, and the winger slid his low shot past keeper Lukas Fernandes for the final 2-0 score.
With Copenhagen only managing a draw in their home game against Odense BK, the Wild Tigers are now within a single point of the top spot.
They will next host Odense on Monday, May 15, and should they win all three of their final games, they would only need Copenhagen to drop points once in that same space of time to take home the title.
HB Køge 1 - 3 AGF Aarhus
Brad Rusin and Køge saw their worst fears realized on Sunday afternoon, as a loss in front of the home crowd to AGF Aarhus confirmed their relegation back to the Danish First Division for next season.
Rusin started the game in central defense and played the full game.
While Køge pressed early, Aarhus were first on the board after 18 minutes as Søren Berg made a dashing run from the midfield to the edge of the box where he unleashed a low shot. The ball was initially blocked by Køge keeper Morten H. Jensen, but landed at the right edge of the six-yard box where Aron Johansson deftly put it away from an acute angle for the lead.
Simon Richter gave the hosts some hope as he rose high in the 66th minute to send a corner from Lasse Kronborg just inside the right upright with a glancing header.
Aarhus retook the lead 13 minutes later, with Johansson once again playing the hero when he darted from the left flank to the top of the box where he hit a low shot to the left of goal, leaving the Køge defense shaking their heads in disbelief.
Then with seven minuted remaining in regulation, Osama Akharraz added a third and final score for the visitors, pulling down a crossfield pass from Caspar Sloth to the left of goal, then angling his low shot just inside the far post.
While Køge are mathematically relegated, they can still avoid the distinction of finishing last place should they overhaul Lyngby, who are just four points ahead. They next host Silkeborg on Sunday.
Aalborg BK 1 - 0 Brøndby IF
Clarence Goodson anchored the Brøndby back line on Sunday afternoon in their road game at Aalborg, however they just couldn't muster any offensive firepower as they were shut out for yet another loss.
The first 70-plus minutes saw limited chances wasted by either team at both sides of the field, but Aalborg did finally break through for the only goal of the game with 18 minutes remaining on the clock.
An errant pass by Brøndby right back Anders Randrup put the ball at the feet of 17 year-old Aalborg winger Lucas Andersen as he charged towards goal. Anderson stormed all the way to the edge of the 18-yard box, then dropped a short pass to Nicklas Helenius for a low roller that eluded the reach of keeper Michael Tørnes for the winner.
Brøndby are in ninth place on 36 points, but could feasibly rise several places should they beat Aarhus in their next outing on Sunday.
Brønshøj BK 1 - 3 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg's starting lineup on Saturday, anchoring the team's central defense as they inched closer to a shot at promotion.
Viborg took two-goal lead before the hour, with Jeff Mensa putting away the rebound from a shot by Jonas Thorsen, then Simon hitting just before the hour for 2-0.
With six minutes left, Jesper Kjærulff took advantage of a keeper error to hit the team's third goal, and while Pierre Kanstrup did strike a consolation goal for the hosts, it was of little consequence.
With Vejle and Randers both losing during the weekend, the Greens are now four points out of the top-two and promotion to the Superligaen. They will take the field once again on Friday when they host seventh-place Hobro.
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE will try to keep their Europa League hopes alive on Monday when they host fourth-place FC Midtjylland.