The Danish Superliga season is going down to the final game for the first time in years after FCK lost to FC Midtjylland and FC Nordsjælland beat Brøndby yesterday. The results put the FCN Tigers in the driving seat as a win on Wednesday at home against AC Horsens will secure them their first ever Superliga title.
FCK have been on an emotional rollercoaster in the last five days, first winning the Danish Cup final last week on Wednesday and then loosening their grip on the league title yesterday in Jutland.
A long-range free kick scored on the hour by Danny Olsen was all the FCM Wolves needed against a lacklustre FCK side. The Lions now find themselves in second place after FCN beat Brøndby 1-0 thanks to a Kasper Lorentzen goal early in the second half.
The goal by Lorentzen, himself a former Brøndby player, was the catalyst for a bizarre moment at Brøndby Stadium as the home fans actually cheered their opponents’ goal. It could very well end up being the strike that means their arch rivals, FCK, come second this season.
But Kasper Hjulmand, the head coach of FCN, is not ready to pop the champagne just yet.
“The league table can still change many times as there are still lots of minutes to be played and Horsens is playing for third place,” Hjulmand told MetroXpress newspaper. “I think a lot about Horsens, more than anything else. We’ll take them on Wednesday.”
The FCK players were notably disappointed with the uninspired performance against FCM, but midfielder Thomas Kristensen wasn’t ready to give up quite yet.
“It’s very, very disappointing, but we need to look in the mirror,” Kristensen told TV2 Sport. “We have earned just two points from the last few matches and that is not good enough. But there is still one game left, so there is still a chance.”
The win for FCN puts them two points clear with only one game remaining, and a win against Horsens on Wednesday will see them win the title as massive underdogs.
FCN have an inferior goal difference so FCK, who led by six points only weeks ago, need to beat Silkeborg at home and hope that FCN fails to win if they are to be champions for the fourth straight season.
This season's winners automatically qualify for the 2012-13 Champions League.