DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Conor O'Brien and Babajide Ogunbiyi both played the full 90 minutes for their respective teams, as both Nordsjaelland and Viborg finally notched their first wins of the new season.
FC Nordsjaelland 2 - 1 Aalborg BK
Conor O'Brien and the Wild Tigers finally escaped their early-season slump, with Martin Nordstrand's two goals leading them to victory over Aalborg on Saturday.
Having started the new season with a four-game winless run in league play and six overall including Champions League qualification, the 2012 Danish champions were needing a major confidence booster to turn around their fortunes.
Fortunately for the hosts, this came early, as Morten Nordstrand was in position to put away an initially blocked shot from Anders Christiansen with a single touch.
Aalborg, who had lost just once prior to Saturday, fought back to a deserved equalizer just before the half-hour, as a run up the flank from Anders Jacobsen freed Kasper Kusk for a low shot that beat keeper Martin Hansen.
Aalborg continued to dominate play after the break, but were punished in a moment of lax defending. Nordsjaelland defender Jens Stryger Larson broke up the flank and hit a centering pass to Nordstrand in front of goal for the 71st-minute winner.
The victory brings the Wild Tigers out of the relegation places, with their five points enough for 10th place.
They will be back in action on Thursday in the first round of their Europa League playoff at Swedish team Elfsborg, and return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to Odense.
SønderjyskE 0 - 3 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi strengthened his place in Viborg's starting lineup, playing the full 90 minutes in the center of defense as they posted a commanding shut-out victory at SønderjyskE on Sunday.
The defender also picked up a yellow card, his first of the season, shortly into the second half.
The Greens were in control from the get-go, with Thomas Dalgaard opening the scoring with the first of his three goals in the eighth minute.
Aleksandar Stankov pulled down a long ball from Lukas Lerager and laid it off to Dalgaard directly in front of goal for a simple finish.
They doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark, with Dalgaard again doing the honors after being set up by a Lukas Lerager cross.
Viborg continued to dominate after the half, and Dalgaard completed his hat trick for the 3-0 with 14 minutes on the clock, cleaning up a blocked shot from Kevin Mensah.