RECAP: WEEKEND DANISH ACTION
Benny Feilhaber set up three goals for Aarhus in their rout of Hvidovre while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg were unable to take any points off of ten-man Hjørring.
Hjørring IF 2 - 1 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg struck early, but were unable to hold the lead against Hjørring on Friday, heading home empty-handed in a game they had ample opportunity to win.
Hjørring started the game looking hardly the just-promoted newcomers to the division, effectively shutting down any opportunities for Viborg's attack by swarming the ball anytime they would lose possession.
Marc Dal Hende provided the cross that Jesper Kjærulff nearly put through after 27 minutes, but his shot was cleared out by former Viborg defender Jesper Andersen. The subsequent corner was initially poked away from danger by the Hjørring defense, however landed at the feet of Kevin Mensah, who smashed his 30-yard shot into the net for the lead.
Their lead was only short-lived, as the defense appeared to give Hjørring's attack too much space in the 35th minute, with Michael Nielsen finally finding target from the edge of the area to bring things even.
The home team had the game clearly in control through the remainder of the first half and through the start of the second, and took their first lead of the evening just past the hour mark when an initial block by Viborg keeper Robert Veselovsky was easily put away by Lasse Strandberg.
Viborg were given a golden opportunity to take something from the game when Kenneth Pedersen was shown his second yellow of the game in the 67th minute, leaving them with a numbers advantage for the last 20-plus minutes.
The team pushed forward for an equalizer, with head coach Lars Søndergaard bringing Ogunbiyi up into the attack, however several near misses, including a header by Dal Hende that flew just wide in the fifth minute of added time, saw them go home empty-handed.
The loss drops Viborg to 12th place in the 1. Division, with their next chance to pick up points on Sunday when they visit Roskilde.
AGF Aarhus 7 - 1 Hvidovre IF
Benny Feilhaber had perhaps his best game of the season, helping set up three goals for Aarhus in their seven-goal romp against Hvidovre on Sunday.
Already looking to be a sure-fire favorite for not only promotion but the league championship, Aarhus confirmed their status as the class of the division with their biggest offensive output in league play in nearly nine years.
They wasted no time in getting started, taking the lead after five minutes when Feilhaber picked out Davit Devdariani with a fine pass from the left side into the penalty area, with the Georgian international overpowering the opposing keeper to side-foot the ball into goal.
Aarhus hero Peter Graulund doubled the lead in the 18th minute, taking a long ball at the edge of the area and smashing it in on the turn, then made it three 11 minutes later when he was in perfect position to clean up a spilled save off of an initial shot from Adam Eckersley.
Hvidovre took one back just before the break when Lukasz Cieslewicz snuck in behind he Aarhus defense and beat keeper Steffen Rassmussen, but the hosts quickly atoned as Kasper Povlsen drove in a low shot from the right side of the area to take the score to 4-1 two minutes after the restart.
Feilhaber again set Graulund up one minute later as he fed the forward a shot pass as he fell to the ground, with Graulund making no mistake in beating the advancing keeper for the team's fifth goal.
With the taste of blood in their mouths, Aarhus continued their feast of goals, as panicked Hvidovre defender Thomas Will-Andersen headed a Feilhaber free kick past his own keeper for a sixth in the 64th minute, then 20 year-old Sanel Kapidzic netted their seventh and final score four minutes from full time when he headed a long ball from the backfield over the keeper an into the net to complete the comprehensive win.
The win gives Aarhus a one-point lead in first place ahead of Vejle with one game still in hand over the rest of the pack. They will visit Kolding on Wednesday for a make-up game before visiting Hobro four days later.
Michael Parkhurst is recovering from a shoulder injury and did not play for Nordsjælland as they posted an impressive 1-0 road win over Odense on Saturday. The team will hope to have him back on the field when they visit promoted Lyngby in next weekend's action.
Chris Rolfe is nearing recovery but was not yet ready to play in Aalborg's rough 3-2 home loss to AC Horsens on Sunday. The team now sits in the relegation zone heading into next Saturday's visit to Randers. Marcus Tracy is expected to miss the entire fall as he recovers from knee problems.