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17 May 2019 Brondby 1 Midtjylland 1 (Midtjylland won on penalties) Danish Cup final

Paul Onuachu (Nigeria) - very tall 24-year-old Midtjylland striker. rated 2.2m in the transfer market, an Adebayor lookalike, missed a couple of half-chances including a stooping header, maybe could have own aerial duals, intermittent good touches,  but certainly a presence up front. Subbed in extra time.

Frank Onyeka (Nigeria) - 21-year-old attacking midfielder for the winners, rated at 540K, appeared on 66 minutes, nearly reached a dangerous cross, has some pace and looked lively, pushed forward through the centre.

 

After four defeats in previous finals, this was the first Danish Cup win for FC Midtjylland.

And it was certainly deserved as the much better supported local team, Brondby, failed to deliver and they were second-best for most of the match.

The team from Central Jutland scored early when the ball broke to Kian Hansen and his shot was deflected past Marvin Schwabe.

But within twenty minutes Brondby levelled when Dominik Kaiser was put through to score high into the net.

The first period ended in parity but as the game wore on the Wolves gradually got on top.

Threatening either through long throws or headers usually from Marc Dal Hende.

Onuachu provided a towering presence in attack but it was often Norwegian Gustav Wikheim who offered the best chance of a breakthrough.

Despite their noisy support the team in yellow (Brondby) generally disappointed particularly when a great chance opened up later on only for the forwards to delay too long.

And generally, they were fortunate goalie Schwabe was very solid as the last line of defence.

With Midtjylland in the ascendency, the game continued into extra time without any more scoring.

However, justice was ultimately done when Brondby had two spot-kicks saved as against just one for the winners.

 

report & analysis - John Bethell


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