Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Don't Bank on Midtjylland when Brøndby Visit

The coaches squared up to each other even before kickoff

Hopperational details
Date & Venue
Sunday 28 October 2012 at the MCH Arena
FC Midtjylland 1 Brøndby 1
Danish Superliga (top tier)
490 on the lifetime list and the fourth of the trip 
Pre-match preparation
9th v 12th (bottom) in the Superliga
This match in one sentence
Frustration for the home side as they failed to protect a hard-won lead by conceding a soft late equaliser.
So what?
No change in league positions, and a pastry for me as I try to read the match report the next day in the James Richardson style.

The drama unfolds
Brøndby have the best figures for away support in this league and their noisy supporters brought flair and flares to the occasion, along with a periodic random rendition of "Yellow Submarine".  To be honest, there was not much of distinction in the first quarter of the game, so let's cut to the scene-setter clip taken at the midpoint of the first half.

After 26 minutes there was a touching moment as the ref helped a Brøndby player, Clarence Goodson, to his feet and then produced a matching yellow card from behind his back to our general amusement.  The home side had gradually settled and this second clip has a chance for them from a set piece.

The third clip is from the half-hour mark.  The lively Rilwan Hassan had been fouled and two more decent chances followed.

However, Brøndby reminded us all of their presence.  Quincy Antipas, wearing 80, had also looked lively all game and his rising shot was magnificently tipped over the bar by a flying Jonas Lössi.  That could be one of the best saves I have ever seen in a live game.  The ref became the centre of attention just before half-time.  Mads Albaek went on a powerful run from half-way and cut into the area.  Although he seemed to have missed his best options, he was then tripped, or so I and everyone else at the FCM end thought.  Mr Hansen didn't (not that one, this is Kenn).  This clip shows FCM hitting the woodwork just before half-time.  0-0 at half-time

The home support were reasonably optimistic at this point, even when Brøndby had a goal disallowed straight from the restart.  The optimism was cemented as FCM took the lead after 55 minutes.  Danny Olsen's initial shot was beaten out, but the ball came to Hassan on the right who created the chance for Petter Andersson to finish.  1-0

They almost gave a goal away again immediately.  Kolja Afriyie slipped and let in Dennis Rommedahl but his shot was deflected wide.  From the partially cleared corner, Hassan showed a sublime bit of skill to release Albaek with an overhead kick.  Albaek's rising shot, however, rose too high.

This clip is from 77 minutes.

The equalising goal has been credited to Antipas and here it is in Clip 6.  Decide for yourself whether he looks surprised enough as it goes in.  It may be one of the best clips of goalkeeper indecision you will ever see.  1-1

It was a nervy final few minutes for the now-disgruntled home supporters as Brøndby risked being greedy.  They could have won it in stoppage time.  Here's the flavour of the closing moments in three short clips.  Final score 1-1

The programme

Laer Dansk Gennem Fodbold (Learn Danish Through Football)
Weekendens Hold - Team of the Week(end)
Weekendens Flophold - Team of Flops of the Week(end)
Gule Kort - Yellow cards
Røde Kort - Red cards
Søndag - Sunday
Hopping for Moorfields Update
Two goals added to the cumulative tally.
What Next?
One game left on this trip - Horsens v København tomorrow evening

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