Scandinavia: Big names top the table in Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Malmö FF, Rosenborg Trondheim and FC København top the table in Sweden, Norway and Denmark respectively with the first two of those championships approaching the business end of the season whilst the Danish League is now firmly in its stride nine games into the new season. Stoppage Time – International Football Blog reports.
The New Firm derby took place in Copenhagen on Sunday afternoon with Danish champions FC København maintaining their lead at the top of the standings after a 2-0 win over third place Brøndby IF. César Santin scored twice for the Løverne (Lions) as FCK’s defence of the title goes from strength to strength as the club remain unbeaten after nine games with a 7-2-0 record. Their nearest challengers at the moment are FC Midtjylland whose 2-0 victory away to SønderjyskE ensured that the club from the Danish mainland remain four points behind FCK. Odense Boldklub have disappointed so far this season and their latest setback came at the hands of bottom club Silkeborg on Sunday losing 3-1 away from home. Although OB currently lie in fourth place at the present time they are only four points ahead of the team who lie rooted to the bottom in twelfth place in what is a tightly bunch group of teams outside the top three.
The Swedish Allsvenskan is getting really tight and Monday night’s events certainly have added to the tension in the title race with just six rounds of matches to go. Record champions Malmö FF are hoping to win their first championship in six years and they were in action along with fellow title challengers Helsingborg who were just three points behind going into Matchday 24. Malmö FF were away at capital club Djurgårdens whilst Helsingborg faced a difficult task against sixth place Mjällby. Kennedy Igboananike scored the only goal of the game for Djurgårdens as the league leaders went down to their fourth defeat of the season. Helsingborgs, on the other hand, claimed a 2-1 home victory with Alexander Gerndt’s two first half goals proving priceless as Mjällby made a fight of it ’til the end and were rewarded with a stoppage time consolation goal from Patrik Rosengren. Both of the top two now have 52 points as the season enters the final stretch.
Sunday saw a clash of the titans in Norway’s Eliteserien as league leaders Rosenborg faced up to a tough away trip at arch-rivals Brann Bergen. With nearest challengers Vålerenga closing the gap on Saturday afternoon to five points after a thrilling 4-3 away win at Viking Stavanger it was imperative for Rosenborg to win in order to preserve a handsome lead in the pursuit of a record extending 22nd championship crown. Markus Henriksen proved to be the star of the show for Rosenborg as his 88th minute winning goal was the difference between the two sides in a five goal thriller, the defending champions coming through with a 3-2 away win. The three points gained increased Rosenborg’s lead to eight overall and was arguably the most vital step so far towards claiming yet another championship.