31 January 2015
Estádio da Nora, KO 14:00pony (GMT)
|FC Midtjylland||1||1||Örebro SK|
FC Midtjylland and Örebro SK made up the second fixture of The Atlantic Cup 2015 and it quickly became apparent that it was to become a physical encounter.
With FC Midtjylland sitting top in the Danish topflight and Örebro recently finishing sixth in the Swedish equivalent it was two top teams who went for it with all of their might.
While there was a constant flow of hard tackles the crowd at Estadio de Nora didn't witness a lot of open chances. They did get a goal in the first half, when Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen was at the right spot at the right time to tap the ball in the net. The former Celtic striker is a real poacher and got a nice little goal for his 30th birthday.
Just before halftime everything kicked off when it got a little heated on the pitch. Another hard tackle from Örebro's Samuel Mensah started a major brawl and the referee ordered Mensah to be substituted.
Örebro didn't have a lot of chances in the first half, but the Swedish outfit got nearer their oppositions goal after the break. Daniel Nordmark almost became alone with the keeper after 70 minutes when Rilwan Hassan didn't pay enough attention and lost the ball at the back. The Swede how ever failed to get a good strike on the ball.
In the other end Midtjylland's Jim Larsen got a better strike on the ball minutes after when the ball was cut back to him. The former Bruges man failed to hit the target as the ball flew right past the post.
Pione Sisto replaced Sylvester Igboun at halftime and the young offensive player was keen to make in impact. Having recently received a Danish passport and making his debut on the U/21 national team, he quickly displayed why he is a player to watch. Excellent touches and a great eye for goal, but his two chances didn't amount to anything. The first shot was blocked by a teammate while the other went just past the post.
FC Midtjylland couldn't hold out for a win and it was Örebros Daniel Gustafsson who finished a nice attack shortly before the final whistle. This meant that the two teams were to face a penalty shoot-out where Örebro emerged as the victors. The penalty shoot-out became quite comical when both teams repeatedly sent the ball over the bar, but in the end Örebro captain Robert Persson scored the deciding penalty.
30: Yellow card for Patrik Haginge (2)
40: 1-0 – Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen (9)
41: Yellow card for Samuel Mensah (23)
45+2: Samuel Mensah (23) out – Sebastian Ring (19 in)
46: Morten "Duncan" Rasmussen (9) out – Paul Onuachu (33) in
46: Sylvester Igboun (44) out – Pione Sisto (27) in
55: Yellow card for Izunna Uzochuckwu (43)
75: Erik Sviatchenko (4) out – Malthe Killerich (31) ind
79: Marcus Pode (11), Daniel Nordmark (16) and Karl Holmberg (17) out - Alhassan Kamara (10), Jonathan Lundberg (13) and Christoffer Wiktorsson (21) in
88: 1-1 – Daniel Gustafsson
1-2: Christoffer Wiktorsson (21)
2-2: Pione Sisto (27)
2-2: Erik Moberg (5) miss
2-2: Jesper Lauridsen (15) miss
2-2: Daniel Gustafsson (90 miss
2-2: Petter Andersson (8) miss
2-2: Patrik Haginge (2) miss
3-2: Jakob Poulsen (7)
3-3: Alhassan Kamara (10)
3-3: Kristian Bak (32) miss
3-4: Robert Persson (6)
3-4: Jim Larsen (6) miss