DAVID SMITH - Monday, May 6, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hjørring all but assured their survival with a huge win over Køge while RJ Allen and Skive also gave themselves some breathing room by beating AB Copenhagen.
Brøndby IF 0 - 0 FC Copenhagen
Clarence Goodson returned to Brøndby's defense in place of suspended starter Dario Dumic, and helped the team to an important scoreless draw against neighboring Copenhagen.
While sitting at opposite ends of the standings, both teams matched each other blow-for-blow on Sunday. Copenhagen needed just a point to confirm their league title, while Brøndby are still scratching for every point possible to avoid a disastrous drop to the First Division.
A hard-fought battle saw few offensive opportunities in a first half highlighted by a testy shoving match between multiple players at the half-hour mark.
Copenhagen did come close off the foot of Nicolai Jørgensen shortly before the break, and did manage to keep pressure on their hosts after the break.
Brøndby were not entirely toothless, but had difficulty to gain too much headway against the league's best defense, with the game finally ending with a deserved point to each team.
The draw is a bittersweet result for Brøndby, as the point does help them in their fight against relegation, but was not enough to prevent them from being forced to watch their city rivals confirm and celebrate a tenth Danish league title.
Brøndby are hardly out of the woods, as they are just one point ahead of the drop zone, and must face Aalborg and Nordsjaelland in their next two before closing the season with what is looking to be a do-or-die trip to Horsens in two weeks.
AB Copenhagen 0 - 3 Skive IK
RJ Allen went the distance in defense for Skive on Saturday, helping them to a shut-out victory over AB Copenhagen in a crucial relegation-race six-pointer.
With Skive sitting just one point ahead of AB and the final relegation spot heading into Saturday's game, the pressure was on to avoid what would be a potentially crippling road loss.
A defensive error by on-loan Danish youth international keeper David Jensen served Skive's lead up on a silver platter just three minutes after the opening whistle. Under pressure from Morten Beck, Jensen errantly kicked the ball directly to his opponent, who was happy to send it right back towards goal for the 1-0 lead.
The hosts gave another gift five minutes before the break, as a cross from Dustin Corea hit defender Emil Farver and bounced into his own goal to double Skive's advantage.
Then with 16 minutes left in regulation, Beck netted his second of the afternoon, putting away a cross from Jesper Henriksen to wrap up the win.
The result gives Skive a four-point cushion above the relegation places with four games left to play. They will have a short break, as they will host a currently-hot Hjørring team on Wednesday evening.
FC Hjørring 4 - 0 HB Køge
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hjørring practically assured their First Division status for next season on Sunday afternoon, in a dominant shut-out victory over Køge.
Ten minutes before the halftime break, Hjørring received an unexpected gift from their visitors when Køge defender Mike Mortensen tried to head the ball back to his keeper, but was too forceful and ended up netting a beauty of an own-goal.
That sent Hjørring off to the races, as Jesper Blicher struck a fine shot for the 2-0 lead three minutes later, then Mark Vestergaard further embarrassed Køge keeper Morten H. Jensen for a third Hjørring goal in the 48th minute.
Already having the points secured, Mathias Schlie struck for a fourth Hjørring score and his first of the season in the 81st minute, completing the rout.
With four games left to play, Hjørring have nine points and multiple teams between themselves and the drop zone. They will next face RJ Allen and Skive on Wednesday.
Conor O'Brien was an unused substitute in Nordsjaelland's 2-2 road draw with Silkeborg on Friday night.
Charlie Davies was an injury-time substitute for Randers on Sunday afternoon in their 1-0 home win over AGF Aarhus.