Champions League

Individual Brilliance Can Win Any Game

One piece of skill, the slightest touch, a quick turn and shot is all it takes to win a game. The margins between win and lose are so low that a game can change on its head in a second. Star players are looked at by their teammates and coaches to be the ones to turn the tide of the game and snatch the three points that both teams desperately want. But more often than not its the whole team’s effort that leads to the victory. That was the case in the match between AaB and SønderjyskE when they met earlier this month in the Danish Superliga. With AaB in second place in the league and fighting for top spot, they went into the match with SønderjyskE needing full points. SønderjyskE who hadn’t started well so far, sitting just above the relegation zone going into this match, were keen to prove a point against one of the league’s high flyers. Both teams started well and created a few chances but neither could break the deadlock. SønderjyskE got their chance early into the second half when midfielder Lasse Vibe was fouled by defender Jakob Ahlmann Nielsen in the box and a penalty was awarded. But Vibe could not beat AaB goalkeeper Nicolai Larsen from 12 yards and the game remained scoreless.

The deadlock was eventually broken by SønderjyskE defender Niels Lodberg in the 71st minute after some great play in the box, the defender swiveled his body round to lash a shot into the top corner past a helpless Larsen. This was all the incentive AaB needed who responded within  3 minutes of the restart, defender Patrick Kristensen racing clear to score and level the game, with a tidy finish past the diving Håkon Opdal.

But the best was still to come as AaB snatched the winner 5 minutes before the end. After some clever build up play, the ball was floated in to striker Nicklas Helenius Jensen on the edge of the 18 yard line who with a neat touch, flicked the ball over and past his marker and placed the shot past the goalkeeper. The newly capped Danish player showed great skill and technique which ultimately won his team the three points. Until that point, SønderjyskE looked to have done enough to secure a valuable point but Jensen made sure they left with nothing.

To watch Nicklas Helenius Jensen goal (1.12) and the rest of the highlights, click here: