Denmark: European hopefuls gain confidence with domestic wins
Denmark’s two representatives in the UEFA Champions League, FK København and Odense Boldklub, have warmed up for their respective second leg ties against Viktoria Plzeň and Villarreal CF with crucial wins in their domestic Superliga championship.
Defending champions FK København (6 games, 16 points) had a tough tie away at AC Horsens who were unbeaten prior to kicking off today’s match. However a penalty on the stroke of half-time from César Santin gave the capital side a narrow 1-0 win and the three points which maintains FCK’s unbeaten start to the new season. The win was crucial in order to give the team a much needed confidence boost ahead of their trip to the Czech Republic on Wednesday especially with Viktoria Plzeň also winning today in a 4-2 away win at Dukla Prague in the Czech Gambrinus Liga. FK København lost their Champions League play-off first leg at home to the Czechs 3-1 and have a mountain to climb in order to qualify for the group stages.
Odense Boldklub had a slightly easier affair at home to Lyngby Boldklub with the hosts emerging victorious 3-1 and the game as good as over at half-time. Chris Sørensen, Kalilou Traoré and Bernard Mendy scored Odense’s three goals by half-time with Lyngby’s Macedonian forward Bajram Fetai scoring his team’s consolation goal from the penalty spot in the 78th minute. The win for Odense means that they lie second in the table and five points behind the league leaders but they could be displaced if Aalborg BK win their Monday night game away at fifth place SønderjyskE. Odense’s Champions League play-off opponents Villarreal CF, who lost their opening leg last week in Denmark 1-0, were scheduled to begin their La Liga campaign this weekend at home to Sporting Gijon but all of the opening games in Spain were postponed due to the ongoing players’ strike over unpaid wages.