Socceroo Awer Mabil is celebrating a Danish Cup triumph after his FC Midtjylland side beat Brondby on penalties to lift the trophy overnight.
The Aussie scored a crucial spot kick in the 4-3 penalty shootout win after the game was locked 1-1 at the end of the added time. Midtjylland finally broke their curse in the competition, having clinched the silverware on their fourth trip to the final. Two of those previous occasions saw them beaten by Brondby.
Mabil’s side had taken the lead after just six minutes, but saw it erased later in the first half. What followed was a tough battle that saw the rest of the 120 minutes run out with another goal as the attacker entered off the bench in the 106th minute.
With the shootout locked at 2-2, the Socceroo stepped up and held his nerve to hammer home his penalty. Teammate Jesper Hansen then saved a spot-kick from Josip Radosevic, before the scores were levelled at 3-3 by Brondby’s Besar Halimi.
Up stepped Alexander Scholz to rifle home the winning kick and hand Mabil the second trophy of his career. It’s another cup triumph for the Aussie, who tasted FFA Cup glory with Adelaide United back in 2014.