American Exports: Goodson, Brondby inch to survival
AMSTERDAM – Only one of the three Americans active in Denmark on Thursday celebrated victory, with Clarence Goodson's Brøndby striking late to claim a see-saw 3-2 win over visiting Silkeborg.
The captain nearly got in on the goal-scoring fun after 19 minutes, but his corner kick header was denied. By halting a five-game win drought, ninth-place Brøndby moved to within a point of assured Superliga survival.
Around the league, Conor O'Brien shifted from right to left holding midfield as SønderjyskE surrendered most of their Europa League hopes with a 5-0 defeat at AC Horsens.
The midfielder made a pair of solid bids to get his side on the board just past the hour, but saw a restart header cleared off the line and a shot catch the post inside a three-minute span. The loss was SønderjyskE's first in eight Superliga matches and dropped them to 10 points behind Horsens for the last ticket to Europe with just four league rounds remaining.
Brad Rusin stepped into defense in the 66th minute as 10-man HB Køge put one foot over the trap door with a 2-1 loss at FC Midtjylland. The bottom-feeders remained 10 points adrift of safety.