DAVID SMITH - Monday, July 26, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland suffered a second-half collapse to fall at home to SønderjyskE while Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy sat injured as their team easily fell to Brøndby.
FC Nordsjaelland 1 - 2 SønderjyskE
Michael Parkhurst once again logged 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's central defense, however a disastrous five minutes saw three points embarrassingly snatched from their grips in a tough loss at home to SønderjyskE on Sunday.
Any thoughts of an easy home win by the Wild Tigers were put quickly to rest in an error-filled first half that saw them unable to match any of the attacking intensity they had shown just one week before.
Their visitors at times looked the more likely to get onto the scoreboard, but were luckily thwarted by the on-point play of Nordsjaelland keeper Jesper Hansen.
The hosts came to life after the break, with first-half substitute Andreas Laudrup combining well with the ever-dangerous Nicki Bille Nielsen and Bajram Fetai to come close on multiple occasions.
They deservedly took the lead after 68 minutes when Søren Christensen played Fetai free with a direct line on goal. While Fetai's shot was cleared by SønderjyskE keeper Nathan Coe, it flew directly into the path of Matti Lund Nielsen who easily headed into goal.
Rather than protect their lead, Morten Wieghorst's team quickly fell victim to an equalizing goal by the visitors, when Anders Østli was free to head in a corner two minutes later.
Matters almost immediately went from bad to worse in somewhat controversial circumstances, as Søren Frederiksen received the ball over the Nordsjaelland line of defenders in a questionably offside position, and poked the ball past Hansen for the 75th-minute winner.
Late substitute Rawez Lawan came close to bringing the home team equal with seconds left in added time when his shot slammed off the woodwork, but their best efforts to come back would fall short, leaving SønderjyskE thrilled to have left Farum with all three points.
The loss knocks the Wild Tigers off the top of the standings and down into fourth place, tied on three points with several other teams.
Their next league test will be a tough visit to Randers on Sunday, however they will first host Portuguese team Sporting CP three days earlier in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round matchup.
Aalborg players Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy both missed their team's 2-0 loss at home on Sunday afternoon to Brøndby.