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Midtjylland through to Danish Cup final

Coach Glen Riddersholm said "this means a lot to us" as his FC Midtjylland side beat Esbjerg fB 5-4 on penalties to line up a Danish Cup final meeting with FC Nordsjælland in a repeat of last year.

Nordsjaelland celebrate their 2010 triumph
Nordsjaelland celebrate their 2010 triumph ©www.boesenfoto.dk

FC Midtjylland will meet FC Nordsjælland in the Danish Cup final on 22 May after they defeated Esbjerg fB 5-4 on penalties to set up a repeat of last year's final.

Having lost the first leg 2-1 in Herning, Glen Riddersholm's charges won the return by the same scoreline to force extra time. With neither side able to find the decisive goal the match went to penalties, where Midtjylland held their nerve to progress. "I had gone to the dressing room by then [during the penalty shoot-out]; I felt I had done my job," said Riddersholm. "This means a lot to us, we really need a title at our club."

Midtjylland have lost their previous three finals including last year's showpiece against Nordsjælland. The holders will defend their title after a 1-0 aggregate victory against Randers FC. "It's fantastic to be in the final two years in a row," said Nordsjælland goalkeeper Jesper Hansen. "Last season's final was the greatest experience ever and we all really want it to happen again."