DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus squeezed by fourth-tier Odder by a single goal to reach the Danish Cup third round while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg had little problem to fly past Ringkøbing.
Odder 0 - 1 AGF
Benny Feilhaber was a 90-minute man for Aarhus on Wednesday night as an injury-time goal by Caspar Sloth saw them advance to the third round despite a largely sub-par performance.
During much of the opening half AGF looked more like the fourth-tier minnows, putting forth a lackadaisical effort that saw them lacking precision and any clear focus in their ability to apply pressure on their opponents' goal.
Instead it was previous Aarhus youth player Anders Syberg who looked the most eager to inflict damage on his former employers, coming close on two occasions before the break.
Sloth started the turnaround for the visiting team with a close call six minutes after the intermission, however the danger was still not over for Aarhus as Syberg nearly put Odder into the lead with a fine free kick at the hour mark which forced keeper Steffen Rassmussen into a clutch save.
The Whites continued to push as the game wore down, with Anders Kure coming close with a pair of headers midway through the half and Feilhaber barely missing several minutes later.
Despite the constant barrage of scoring chances, the team was still unable to find the goal they needed, with the game looking headed for extra time as the clock hit 90 minutes.
The team was saved embarrassment, however when a quickly-taken corner in the third minute of injury time saw a cross come in to Danish youth international Sloth, who fired a rocket of a shot into Odder's goal, giving the dramatic last-second winner to Aarhus.
Aarhus await Friday afternoon's draw to find out their opponent for late-October's third round, but will likely be focused on Saturday's battle for the league's top spot when they host First Division leaders FC Vestsjælland in NRGi Park.
Ringkøbing 0 - 3 Viborg FF
Viborg's attack continued clicking with a trio of goals while Babajide Ogunbiyi and his fellow defenders did their part to keep Ringkøbing off the board on Tuesday night to send the team through to the next round of the Danish Cup.
Viborg dominated throughout the game, holding a remarkable 75% possession, and needed just 20 minutes to take the lead when Eldin Karisik shot a 33-yard cannon into the upper corner, leaving the Ringkøging keeper no chance.
They had repeated opportunities to increase the lead both before the break and throughout the second half, but were held by the plucky minnows until the final ten minutes before the final whistle.
Marc Dal Hende converted from the spot in the 81st minute after he was brought down in the area by the over-matched defense, then Razak Pimpong finished the game in style four minutes later, receiving the ball at the edge of the 18-yard box and taking one touch before firing his low shot into the net for the final 3-0 score.
Ogunbiyi and the victorious Greens will have several days to rest up before they visit second-place AB Copenhagen in First Division play on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Parkhurst is out while recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered in league play over the weekend, and will not participate when Nordsjælland begin their defense of the cup in Vanløse on Thursday night.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus are both in long-term recovery from injury and did not suit up for Aalborg's 3-0 win at Blokhus on Tuesday.