Denmark’s Superligaen Gets Underway in Style


Though the World Cup has only been over for five days, European club football is seeping back into our lives, starting today with the starts of the Polish and Danish leagues. The Danish top flight kicked off with a meeting of mid-table sides from the previous campaign, with FC Nordsjaelland hosting FC Vestsjaelland, and there was no shortage of fireworks.

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The visitors took an early lead, through Rasmus Festersen in the 19th minute. Only ten minutes later, things got worse for the opening day home crowd, as an own goal made it 0-2. Just before halftime, hopes rose briefly when Nordsjaelland won a penalty, but Thomas Mikkelsen in the Vestsjaelland goal would not be denied, and he blocked the pen to keep his team in front.

But only two minutes after he had failed from the spot, Kim Aabech got his revenge and finally put his side on the scoreboard before halftime, restoring some momentum to the hosts.

The second half belonged to one Uffe Bech. Bech, who scored only 7 goals in three seasons at his last club, got this season started in the best possible way by scoring both the equalizer and the winner in the span of two minutes. Down 2-0 after a half hour, the “Wild Tigers” of Nordsjaelland come away with the win in a nice advertisement for the excitement of the Danish football season to come.

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