RECAP: WEEKEND DANISH ACTION
Haji Wright, Jonathan Amon, and Emmanuel Sabbi were all on the scoresheet for their respective teams with varying results as the Danish Superliga season rolled on over the weekend.
Nordsjaelland 1-0 Randers
Jonathan Amon came off the bench to provide the game-winning goal as Nordsjaelland came away with the victory over Randers at Dream Park.
The 21-year-old came on to play the last 20 minutes of the game, and it was needed as the team looks to move their way up the standings.
The host had the clear advantage in the first half with several chances to open the scoring. However, the Randers backline held firm as they headed to their respective dressing rooms with the game still scoreless.
The game dragged on in the second half when Randers was given an opportunity to break the deadlock with a free-kick. It looked like they had done so in the 81st minute when Bassala Sambou poked the ball home. But the linesman's flag would go up due to as another Randers player was offside.
That gave Nordsjaelland a chance to score four minutes later. The backline did well to clear the ball to Kamal Sulemana as he led the counter-attack. The Ghanaian would then pass the ball to Amon on the left side. The winger then sidestepped his marker before sending a curling shot past goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren into the lower right-hand side of the goal.
And that would be enough as Amon showed that he is injury-free and ready to help his team make a charge for the Superliga title.
Nordsjaelland sits in seventh place in the standings with seven points.
Midtjylland 3-1 Odense
Midtjylland would score three unanswered goals to cancel out Emmanuel Sabbi's first-half strike as the defending Superliga champions came away with the comfortable win over Odense at MCH Arena.
Sabbi would start for Odense and played 64 minutes as the team has lost their third consecutive game. On the other side, potential U.S. national team player Jens Cajsute played 72 minutes in central midfield.
Midtjylland was dominant in the first 20 minutes of the game with plenty of chances on goal. Cajuste had an excellent chance to open the scoring in the 23rd minute when he got his foot on the ball from a corner kick, but he could steer it towards the goal as it veered wide.
The visitors drew first blood in the 26the minute when Sabbi was played the ball on the right side by Mads Frokjaer-Jensen. The speedy winger was on the charge and decided to have a go at goal from the edge of the area, and it was successful as he curled his shot past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.
It was a sucker-punch of a goal and Odense was more than happy to head into halftime with the lead. However, they could not capitalize on their advantage as the host found the goals to give them the win.
Sory Kaba scored the equalizer in the 66th minute when he was able to get the ball around the goalkeeper and tap it into the open net. Anders Dreyer then gave Midtjylland the lead in the 81st minute when his shot took a wicked deflection that saw the ball loop over the goalkeeper and into the goal.
Pione Sisto scored the insurance goal in the 86th minute with a free-kick from distance that the goalkeeper had no chance of stopping.
Another tough loss for Odense as they need to find more continuity if they are going pull themselves out of the relegation group.
Odense sits in 10th place in the standings with four points.
SonderjyskE 2-0 Brondby
Haji Wright scored his fourth goal of the young Danish Superliga season as it helped SonderjyskE to the shutout win over Brondby at Sydbank Park.
Wright started and went nearly the distance as he was subbed out at the 90th minute in a game that saw his team give the league leaders their first loss of the season.
The first half would end scoreless with Brondby having more clear chances at goal. However, the host bided their time and would eventually break down their opponent's backline to secure the win.
And it would be the 22-year-old American striker who led the way as he broke the scoreless deadlock in the 48th minute. Alexander Bah would spot Wright on the left side and send him the ball. His marker played too far away from him, giving him ample opportunity to take a crack at goal from distance, and it would pay off as his shot skipped past a diving Marvin Schwabe and into the back of the net.
The host doubled their lead six minutes later when Bah got his name on the scoresheet as he buried his shot into the goal following a cross from Anders Jacobsen.
A strong win for SonderjyskE and another positive outing for Wright who seems to have regained his confidence following a couple of tough seasons.
SonderjyskE now sits in fourth place with 10 points, two points behind Brondby.
In other Superliga action, Mike Lansing watched from the bench for Horsen as they were blanked by AGF Aarhus in a 3-0 defeat.
Down in the First Division, after a harrowing ordeal in which Christian Cappis had no clue whether he would be able to play again in Denmark due to work permit issues, he started and assisted on a goal for Hobro in their 3-1 win over HB Koge. Goalkeeper Jacob Samnik was on the bench for the game.