Sunday, June 10, 2012

10 June 2001 - Brøndby Gets Zuma'd

On 10 June 2001, Copenhagen beat rivals Brøndby for their second league title, thanks in part to a spectacular goal from South African striker Sibusiso Zuma.

The two teams met at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium for their third league meeting of the season, with Copenhagen winning both of the earlier matches. They started the day day two points clear of Brøndby with both having one other game left to play.

Christian Poulsen gave Copenhagen a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute, but it was the second goal that grabbed all of the headlines. In the 56th minute, Zuma, signed at the start of the season by manager Roy Hodgson, received the ball just inside the box, chested it up, then delivered a stunning overhead kick to send it into the top far corner. The goal was later voted the league's Goal of the Year and Goal of the Decade.

Brøndby halved the margin nine minutes later with a strike from Per Nielsen, but Copenhagen's Pascal Simpson scored in the 80th minute to end the day as a 3-1 win. It secured Copenhagen's second title and the first since 1993. Since then, they have raise their total to nine, a Superliga record (though the overall Danish top flught record is fifteen, held by one of Copenhagen's predecessor clubs, KB).

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