Decent night for Danish teams in the Europa League – The Post

Decent night for Danish teams in the Europa League

FCK, FCM and Brøndby all win, but FCN are pipped at home

Brøndby were solid last night (photo: BIF)
August 10th, 2018 9:12 am| by Christian W

Following a tough Europa League qualification playoff draw on Monday, the Danish teams had to get out there last night and do the business in the third round to even make it there.

And three of the four teams managed just that as FC Copenhagen, FC Midtjylland and Brøndby all secured away wins, while FC Nordsjælland lost at home and look close to going out.

FC Copenhagen were on the back foot early on in Bulgaria, where a lively CSKA Sofia had taken a well-deserved lead in the first half.

But a somewhat harsh red card for the Bulgarians late in the first half turned the tide for the Danes, who scored two goals in the second half through Denis Vavro’s long-ranger and a Kenan Kodro penalty.

READ MORE: Rough draw for Danish teams in Europa League

Tigers tamed
Brøndby also faced eastern European opponents, taking on Serb outfit Spartak Subotica away. The Danes secured a strong result, taking the first leg 2-0 thanks to goals from Dominik Kaiser and Hany Mukhtar.

FC Midtjylland faced an easier opponent in Wales and came through unscathed in a 2-0 win over TNS. Paul Onuachu scored a brace for the Wolves.

FC Nordsjælland could have made it a perfect night for the Danish teams in Europe, but fell 1-2 at home to Serbian stalwarts Partizan Belgrade. FCN were down 0-2 in the second half, before a Mathias Rasmussen strike gave the Tigers a sliver of hope ahead of the away leg in Serbia.

The away legs of all four matches will take place next week.