Six Scandinavians found their way onto the scoresheet with some crucial goals this weekend, while another saw six goals fly by him in a match he will have nightmares about for years to come.
Nicklas Bendtner stole the show and the headlines as his 94th minute winner against Wolves dragged Arsenal back into the Premier League title race, coinciding with Chelsea beating leaders Manchester United to move top. The race will surely run to the final day and this result caps off a great week for Bendtner and his teammates following their Champions League comeback in midweek. His late strike was the ninth time this season that the Gunners have struck a winner in the last five minutes of a match and Arsene Wenger was delighted with his team`s attitude “If Nicklas hadn’t of scored that was it, the title was over because it wouldn’t have been feasible to claw back five points on Chelsea. But we never give up and now we are alive again”.
Few people have found themselves 3-0 down after just 7 minutes but that was the fate that the erratic Brian Jensen suffered on Saturday as moneybags Man City visited Turf Moor. To further add to Burnley`s woes a fourth goal was added on 20 minutes as fans quickly headed for the exit. The match finished 6-1 as Burnley continue their slide back to the Championship but manager Brian Laws was keen to apologise to the Clarets traumatised fans “The first six minutes was the catalyst and we handed the victory to City on a plate. It was embarrassing and is not acceptable if your playing Man City of anybody” .
Mads Junker notched a hat trick as Roda Jc trounced Eredivisie whipping boys RKC Waalwijk 5-1. The Dane must be starting to move his eye in the direction of South Africa ahead of this year`s`World Cup.
Peter Lovenkrands and his Newcastle United are one win away from ensuring automatic promotion after grinding out a 3-2 win away to struggling Peterborough United. The Magpies host Sheffield United on Monday .
Dennis Rommedahl played his part as Ajax stole a last minute 1-0 victory at ADO Den Haag. The Dane saw his effort saved but it rebounded into the path of Toby Alderweireld who made no mistake and cut the gap at the top of the Eredivisie to four points.
Gylfi Sigurdsson struck a last minute consolation as Reading went down 2-1 away to Ipswich Town. Things may have been different for the Berkshire side but they played the majority of the match with ten men as Matt Mills was sent off after only a half hour.
Cercle Brugge gained a 2-0 victory over Westerlo in the chase for a Europa League playoff. Their efforts were not aided by the sending off of Icelandic midfielder Arnar Vidarsson shortly after half time.
Barcelona regained top spot in La Liga with a routine 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was injured prior to the match and will now miss the Catalan sides Champions League quarter final second leg with Arsenal in midweek.
Brede Hangeland was instrumental as the Norwegian bagged the winner when his battling Fulham side completed a 2-1 comeback against relegation threatened Wigan Athletic. His headed effort went in off the post and was a fine addition to a great all round performance. Hangeland and his teammates travel to Germany this Thursday to face Wolfsburg in the return leg of their Europa League quarter final. They currently lead the tie 2-1.