Lions win the Danish Cup in extra time

Vikings battle hard but foiled by Faroese cracker

The league title might be slipping away, but FC Copenhagen fans were out in force yesterday to celebrate their team’s 3-2 extra time win against FC Vestsjælland in the Danish Cup final.

The underdogs and Superliga relegation favourites from Slagelse stunned FCK by going ahead in the first half through a towering header by Greek striker Apostolos Vellios.

But the injury-ravaged Lions stormed back with two goals from Per Nilsson and Björn Sigurdarson early in the second half before Dennis Sørensen squared things up just two minutes from the end of regulation time.

Just over 24,000 fans at Parken then witnessed the capital club sealing the win in extra time through a long-range effort by young Faroese midfielder Brandur Olsen.

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“Our first half was catastrophic,” FCK coach Ståle Solbakken said according to “They had a much higher energy level: they ran more, fought more and were dangerous at set-pieces.”

“But we had experience, the margins and luck on our side. We scored at decisive moments. I don’t want to say that it was deserved because the game could have gone either way.”

The cup win, coupled with the Lions probably finishing second in the Superliga, means the team finishing fourth in the league will be handed a place in the Europa League next season.

The win is FC Copenhagen’s sixth, tying them with rivals Brøndby and Vejle. AGF still have the most all-time cup wins with nine. Current Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland are the Buffalo Bills of the Danish Cup, having lost all four finals they’ve contested.