Conor O'Brien close up in FC Nordsjaelland training
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American Exports: Conor O'Brien scores winner for Champions League-bound Nordsjaelland

AMSTERDAM – The Danish Superliga finished up the season on Monday, with FC Nordsjælland midfielder Conor O'Brien netting the 1-0 winner over Esbjerg.

In the 33rd minute, the Long Island, N.Y., native (above) collected a poor clearance from away netminder Lukas Hradecky and promptly buried his first Wild Tigers goal from distance. The outgoing champs finished a clear second place to clinch their Champions league return.

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Elsewhere, Charlie Davies worked 89 minutes as Randers FC secured third place and the Europa League invite that comes with it despite conceding in stoppage time of a 2-2 draw at Aalborg BK. It was Davies' set-up pass for Jonas Kamper that led to the 77th-minute own-goal that temporarily put the Horses ahead.

Clarence Goodson went the distance in defense in Brøndby's survival-clinching 1-0 victory that also relegated hosts AC Horsens. Though the US international lost his place and captaincy earlier in the season, the Lads from the Western Outskirts went 3-1-10 in his last 14 starts as they rallied to avoid the axe.

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Across the water in Sweden, Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg maintained their Allsvenskan lead with a 2-1 decision over visiting defending champions Elfsborg. The playmaker put two shots on frame and drew a late yellow card as the hosts won for the sixth time in a row.

Next door in Norway's Tippeligaen, Steve Clark posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in a year as Hønefoss edged guests Lillestrøm 1-0. The netminder logged four saves to help the home side jump three spots to ninth.

Mikkel Diskerud went 63 lukewarm minutes in second-place Rosenborg's 0-0 home draw with defending champs Molde FK. The midfielder had a golden chance to score in the opening moments, only to have his breakaway shot tipped around the woodwork. 

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