RECAP: WEEKEND DANISH ACTION
Brad Rusin made his return to Køge's starting lineup in a winning effort over Fyn while Clarence Goodson and Brøndby picked up their second win of the season to climb out of last place.
FC Nordsjaelland 2 - 2 Randers FC
Michael Parkhurst went the distance in Nordsjaelland's defense while Charlie Davies was an unused substitute for Randers as the two teams battled to a draw on Saturday afternoon in Farum.
Parkhurst picked up his third yellow card of the season midway through the second half, and will likely be forced to miss the Wild Tigers' next game due to suspension.
An action-packed opening saw both teams net early goals. Randers drew first blood in the first minute, when both Ragnvald Soma and Jores Okore looked like amateurs in letting a cross roll through the box to Alexander Fischer, who easily put his low shot past Jesper Hansen.
Then three minutes later, Søren Christensen put the game back on level terms when he collected a pass from Parkhurst, somehow managed to keep possession under heavy pressure from a pair of defenders, and placed his shot to the lower left corner.
Then with 18 minutes to go in the contest, Randers re-established their lead, with Ronnie Schwartz blasting a high shot just underside the crossbar from short-range.
However the Wild Tigers continued to push, and were rewarded in the 82nd minute as Joshua John was tripped up in their penalty area by Johnny Thomsen, setting up Nicolai Stockholm to earn the point with his successful spot kick.
With neither of the teams directly below them registering a win, the point strengthens Nordsjaelland's hold on second place, however they still trail leaders Copenhagen by six. They will be back in action on Friday afternoon when they pay a visit to Aarhus.
Odense BK 5 - 0 SønderjyskE
Conor O'Brien played the full 90 minutes in SønderjyskE's central midfield, as the team endured an afternoon to forget in their blow-out loss at Odense.
The game was effectively over after the first quarter-hour, as SønderjyskE already found themselves two goals and a man down.
First, Marcus Pedersen nailed a beauty of a long-range shot in the 12th minute to put Odense ahead, then Marcus Pedersen was shown red for pulling down Odense attacker Morten Skoubo on a breakaway into the penalty area, with Espen Ruud hitting from the spot in the 15th minute for the 2-0 lead.
Then 11 minutes later, Odense were up by three, as Bashkim Kadrii controlled a loose ball at the top edge of the area and found the target with his looping shot.
SønderjyskE were dealt a second red card in the 36th minute, although it fortunately had no effect as it went to backup keeper Kenneth Stenild, who was forced to move from his usual place on the bench up to the stands for the remainder.
Odense added a pair of late goals as an exclamation point, with Kadrii firing a cannon of a shot from the left for 4-0 in the 76th minute, and Krisztián Vadócz netting the team's fifth in the 86th when he adeptly headed an initially-blocked shot back over the line.
The loss leaves SønderjyskE in ninth place, still with a five-point ahead of the drop zone. They will be back on the field on Saturday when they host Silkeborg IF.
Silkeborg IF 1 - 2 Brøndby IF
Clarence Goodson played the full game in Brøndby's defense on Sunday, helping them overcome an early deficit to take the victory in a crucial six-pointer at Silkeborg.
Goodson picked up his sixth yellow card of the season in the first half, which could very well mean he will have to sit out their next league game.
Silkeborg jumped ahead in the 19th minute, as Henrik Pedersen finished off a well-executed counter with a low shot from the left edge of the six-yard box.
Brøndby had their usual troubles producing the precision needed to put away their chances, but finally awoke in the final 11 minutes to score the win.
In the 79th minute, Brent McGrath's shot was initially blocked by Silkeborg keeper Lasse Heinze, however fell at the foot of Simon Makienok for a point-blank blast to bring Brøndby even.
Then in the first minute of added time, Dennis Rommedahl whipped in a precision cross from the right flank which Makienok fired in on the volley for the winner.
With the victory, Brøndby pass Silkeborg to leave the league's bottom spot, however they still have a two-point deficit keeping them inside the relegation zone.
They will return to action on Sunday to host tenth-place Esbjerg, knowing they will leave the bottom two should they earn the victory.
HB Køge 2 - 0 FC Fyn
Brad Rusin played the full 90 minutes in Køge's defense on Sunday, helping the team buckle down defensively in their shut-out win over Fyn.
Køge defender Shawn Nicklaw did not participate in the game.
After a long injury layoff, Rusin finally returned to the field as a late sub in Køge's impressive win over Vestsjaelland last weekend, and was a welcome addition back into the starting eleven on Sunday.
Køge's opening goal came in somewhat fortunate fashion, when a 19th-minute corner was not properly cleared by the Fyn defense, and landed at the foot of Lars Brøgger for an easy score.
Fyn dominated after the break, however were ineffective and unlucky when it mattered, and saw their chances to even salvage a point go awry in the final seconds.
Anders Kaagh beat Fyn defender Mike Mortensen into the area to set up a one-on-one with keeper Lasse Sømmergaard, and made fine work with his low shot for the 2-0 win.
The victory lifts Køge up to seventh place past Hobro, although still trailing Brønshøj by five. They have two more tough games until the winter break, hosting promotion hunting Vejle on Sunday, then a surprisingly strong fourth-place Viborg team one week later.
Mike Jones and FC Hjørring earned a point in their 2-2 draw at home against Skive IK on Sunday.