KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 28, 2020
Haji Wright was the hero for SonderjyskE as he came off the bench to score the game-winner and an insurance goal in their win over Aalborg.
SonderjyskE 3-1 Aalborg
Haji Wright would supply the key goals that earned SonderjyskE all three points as they came away with the win over Aalborg at Sydbank Park.
The 22-year-old forward came on to play the final 27 minutes of the contest in his first multi-goal game since moving to Europe.
The host put pressure on the Aalborg goal early in the game, but the back line was able to hold steady as they prevented their opponents from scoring. Aalborg then worked their way into the game with a few chances of their own, forcing SonderjyskE goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas to be on top of his game to thwart any danger.
With the game still scoreless, things would change when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. It was alleged that Aalborg defender Kristoffer Pallesen intentionally made contact with the ball with his arm. Replays showed that there was contact, but it unclear whether he meant to make the infraction.
Johan Absalonsen stepped up to put away the spot-kick in the 41st minute for SonderjyskE.
Entering the second half, and the visitors were given an opportunity to level the score thanks to help from the video assistant referee. Aalborg captain Tom van Weert was attempting to get his head on the ball when Victor Ekani came in to make the challenge. Van Weert then went down writhing in pain, but the referee called no foul.
The video assistant referee then intervened and the referee reversed his decision as he called a penalty after it was determined that Ekani did make contact with the player in the area. Van Weert dusted himself off to put away the penalty in the 63rd minute.
The game started to open up more in the latter stages as both teams looked to take the lead. Fortunately, things worked out for the host as they found the goals in the end through the play of Wright.
The former Schalke man scored his first in the 87th minute when Jeppe Simonsen set him up with a brilliant weighted pass, leaving him nothing to do but tap it home.
Wright was not done as he added his second goal of the day deep into stoppage time. Simonsen dribbled the ball towards the six-yard box, drawing out the goalkeeper, before passing the ball to the American striker who slotted it home from close range.
SonderjyskE now sits in third place in the standings with six points.
In other action in the Superliga, it was a quiet afternoon for Emmanuel Sabbi as he played 84 minutes for Odense BK in their 4-2 loss to Aarhus.
Michael Lansing was on the bench to watch Horsens fall to Brondby in a 2-1 defeat.