Danish delight as quartet shine

Northern round-up: All four of Denmark's clubs are well placed to qualify for the first round including FC Midtjylland who shocked Manchester City FC at home.

Danny Olsen (right) scored Midtjylland's winner
Danny Olsen (right) scored Midtjylland's winner ©Getty Images

All four of Denmark's UEFA Cup representatives are well placed to qualify for the first round after emerging victorious from their first leg ties. FC Nordsjælland, FC København and Brøndby IF – the Northern region's biggest winners – all celebrated victories, though the most impressive performance was delivered by Danish league leaders FC Midtjylland who caused the shock of the section by winning away at English Premier League club Manchester City FC.

Djurgårdens IF FF 2-1 Rosenborg BK
A late goal from defender Enrico gave Djurgårdens the advantage over UEFA Intertoto Cup winners Rosenborg. Swedish representatives Djurgårdens dominated proceedings in the first half and deservedly took the lead when Johan Oremo struck. The away side improved after the break, forcing their Nordic hosts on to the back foot and would have restored parity were it not for Pa Dembo Tourray's impressive save from Steffen Iversen. With 15 minutes remaining, however, Tourray misjudged a free-kick from Marek Sapara and Rosenborg were level. The draw looked the likely outcome until Enrico forced the ball in following a free-kick from Prince Ikpe Ekong. Djurgården coach Siggi Jónsson was pleased after the game, saying: "Our first half was very good, but then we became passive. But we showed great character and hopefully we can take that to the Lerkendal next week."

Queen of the South FC 1-2 FC Nordsjælland
Nordsjælland are favourites to reach the first round of the UEFA Cup after defeating European debutants Queen of the South. Defender Benjamin Kibebe got the Danish visitors off to a perfect start within two minutes when he headed in a corner and although Sean O'Connor equalised for the Scottish Cup runners-up on 28 minutes, Gordon Chisholm's side found themselves behind again four minutes later when Patrice Bernier slotted past Bryn Halliwell. The home side pressed for an equaliser in the second half but Nordsjælland held on ensuring manager and former Celtic FC midfielder Morten Wieghorst enjoyed a winning return to Scotland.

KAA Gent 2-1 Kalmar FF
Randall Azofeifa's curled winner five minutes from time gave Gent a slender victory over Allsvenskan league leaders Kalmar. Bernd Thijs headed the Belgian hosts into the lead on the hour but ten minutes from time substitutes Daniel Sobralense and Abiola Dauda combined to set up Patrik Ingelsten for a potentially vital away goal. Gent hit back through Azofeifa's left-footed effort into the top corner but Kalmar remain very much in the tie.

Manchester City FC 0-1 FC Midtjylland
English Premier League outfit Manchester City suffered a shock home defeat by Danish Superligaen pacesetters Midtjylland. Danny Olsen (15) drove in the only goal from just outside the penalty area after a neat ball into his path from Mikkel Thygesen. Their lead was just reward for an enterprising start though City gradually improved and struck the crossbar in either half with shots from Daniel Sturridge and Martin Petrov.

FC Honka Espoo 0-0 Viking FK
Neither side was able to make the breakthrough in blustery conditions in Espoo, Finland, setting up an intriguing second leg in two weeks' time. Viking started the stronger and came close to grabbing an away goal when Børre Steenslid's 20th-minute header was cleared off the line. Honka gradually found their feet and started to push their Norwegian opponents back in the second half but were unable to carve out any presentable opportunities.

FC Haka 0-4 Brøndby IF
Danish Cup winners Brøndby took a giant step towards a place in the first round with a ruthless display of finishing. Finnish outfit Haka started the brighter, fashioning a number of decent chances before Morten Rasmussen put the visitors ahead on the half-hour. Haka searched for an equaliser after the break without success, and Brøndby went on to score three times in the final twenty minutes with one from Kasper Lorentzen and two from David Williams, his second from the penalty spot.

FC København 3-1 Lillestrøm SK
An added-time goal by Lillestrøm defender Frode Kippe has given the Norwegian Cup winners a glimmer of hope for the second leg. København got off to the perfect start when Brazilian Cesar Santin scored after just two minutes. With eleven minutes remaining another Brazilian, José Junior, headed in the second and København looked to be cruising when Morten Nordstrand touched in a left-wing cross by Oscar Wendt. The visitors did not give up and Kippe converted from close range to give Lillestrøm hope of overturning the deficit in the second leg on 28 August.

IF Elfsborg 2-2 Saint Patrick's Athletic FC
St Patrick's came from two goals down to stun UEFA Intertoto Cup winners Elfsborg. A penalty from Stefan Ishizaki and a long-range effort from Johan Karlsson gave the hosts a comfortable lead inside the first 28 minutes at the Borås Arena. The Irish visitors regrouped in the second half, though, and halved the deficit with a Mark Quigley penalty (58) before midfielder Gary Dempsey headed the Dublin side level with eight minutes remaining.

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