Aussies Abroad: Mabil and Midtjylland into Danish Cup Final
Caltex Socceroos star Awer Mabil is in the Danish Cup final after his Midtjylland side beat Odense Boldklub 4-0 in Thursday morning’s semi-final tie.
Mabil played the full 90 minutes at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark, as Midtjylland cruised through thanks to Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu’s double either side of a first-half Odense own goal and a late strike from Gustav Wikheim.
It keeps dreams of a league and cup double alive Mabil's Wolves, who kicked off their Danish Superliga playoff campaign with a 0-0 stalemate against Nordsjælland on the weekend.
They will play either reigning cup holders Brondby or AaB Aalborg in the final on May 16/17, with those two clashing on Friday morning at 4.30am (AEDT).
Midtjylland have never won the Danish Cup, finishing on the losing side four times. Mabil's Caltex Socceroo teammate Mustafa Amini’s AGF are the most successful team in the competition’s history with nine trophies.
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Having made his eagerly awaited comeback from a knee injury in Celtic’s Old Firm derby win over Rangers four days earlier, Tom Rogic was an unused substitute in a 2-0 defeat of St. Mirren in Thursday morning’s Scottish Premiership clash.
Rogic, 26, was summoned from the bench in the weekend’s derby victory but was not called upon by Celtic boss Neil Lennon as the Glasgow giants moved closer to their eighth consecutive league title.
Meanwhile, Alex Gersbach was not involved in NAC Breda’s 2-1 win over Excelsior in the Eredivisie. That result breathes new life into the campaign of the relegation-threatened side, who are four points adrift of the relegation playoffs with six matches of the season remaining.