Feilhaber's four goals (two winners) lead to pair of Aarhus victories.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, September 28, 2010) -- United States midfielder Benny Feilhaber scored three goals, including the decisive tally and a second penalty kick in overtime to lead AGF Aarhus to a 6-3 decision over rival Skive in the third round of the Landspokal (Denmark Cup) last Wednesday.
Feilhaber made it four goals in four days, also scoring the a dramatic winner in stoppage time in Aarhus' league match Sunday
Aarhus and Skive both play in Denmark's second-tier First Division. Aarhus will face Varde, one of two other remaining First Division teams in the fourth round.
With the score tied 3-3 two minutes into extra time, Feilhaber made a run to a far post and put away a cross from Stephan Petersen for a 4-3 lead. Nine minutes later, Peter Grauland was pulled down in the penalty area and Feilhaber again was successful on his second PK of the day to make it 5-3.
Midway through the first half, Feilhaber netted his first penalty. He has become his club's go-to guy from the penalty spot.
On Sunday, Feilhaber scored in stoppage time for a 3-2 triumph over Koge. Hoping to return to the Superliga after being relegated last season, Aarhus is 6-0-2 with 20 points in the First Division, in first place by four points.
In the English Premier League, two matches featured Americans on both sides.
On Sunday, it was Brad Friedel in net for Aston Villa and his fellow American Marcus Hahnemann was in goal for host Wolverhampton, and it was Villa that came away a 2-1 winner on a late goal by Emile Heskey at Molineux Stadium.
Both goalkeepers had strong matches with each recording six saves, and the contest looked to be heading to a 1-1 draw when, in the 88th minute, an unmarked Heskey rose up and nailed a header into a far corner of the net.
On Saturday, Tim Howard was in net for visiting Everton and his United States World Cup teammate Clint Dempsey on the attack for Fulham when the two sides played to a dull 0-0 draw.
Dempsey started and went the distance, while former U.S. striker Eddie Johnson, who has been seeing more minutes lately, entered in the 55th minute for Fulham. Dempsey had three golden chances over the course of the match, one thwarted on a great block by defender Phil Jagielka, once forcing Howard into a brilliant save and a final attempt which he sent inches over the crossbar in the second half.
At 0-3-3 with three points, Everton dropped to the bottom of the 20-team table, struggling with its inability to score.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden went 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers, who played their finest match of the year, forcing Manchester United to twice come from behind in order to salvage a 2-2 draw in a visit to Reebok Stadium Sunday.
Holden, playing a defensive midfield role, helped shut down United time and again as it tried to force the ball into Bolton's box. United did not gain its draw until the 74th minute when Michael Owen headed home a free kick.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham United in its 1-0 victory Saturday over visiting Tottenham Hotspur.
In the second-division League Championship action, forward Conor Doyle was the only American dressed and he didn't get in for Derby County in its 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United, which fell 2-0 to host Bournemouth.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for St Etienne, which used a 1-0 victory over regional rival Lyon to climb to the top of the Ligue 1 standings. The win was St Etienne's first over Lyon at Lyon's Stade de Gerland in 17 years.
Lyon outshot St. Etienne by a huge 28-5 margin, but thanks to a strong Etienne defense, only four of those shots were on goal.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley came up with a nice goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 draw Saturday at FC Schalke 04.
In the 43rd minute, Mönchengladbach brought the ball quickly down the left side and from near the base-line, it was pulled back into the box to Bradley, who shot under Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer.
Gladbach took a 2-1 halftime lead, but could not hold it after it was reduced to 10 men in the 78th minute and Schalke's big-money signing Raul notched the tying goal with two minutes to go.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, still fighting to regain match fitness after his long layoff from knee surgery, started and went 51 minutes for Schalke. He played a full match in the middle of last week and visibly tired in the second half Saturday.
On Sunday, U.S. midfielder Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 in its 1-0 decision over Kaiserslautern. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark was again dressed, but didn't play for Eintracht Frankfurt, which defeated FC Nürnberg 2-0.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American Luis Robles was backup keeper, but didn't play in Karlsruhe's 2-0 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played the final 16 minutes in Rangers' 3-2 win at Aberdeen, its first victory there in four seasons.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan did not dress for Anderlecht in a 5-0 win over Mechelen.
In Italy, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu was not dressed for AC Milan in its 1-0 triumph over Genoa.
In Greece, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu was not dressed for Aris Thessaloniki's 1-0 victory over Ergotelis.
In the Danish Superliga, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst returned from injury by going the distance for Nordsjælland which continued its defense of the Danish Cup with a 1-0 decision over Hjørring IF Thursday night.
On Sunday, he went the distance in Nordsjaelland's 3-0 win over Horsens.
In Norway's Tippeligaen, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went the distance for IK Start in a 0-0 road draw Monday with Hønefoss.
In Spain Monday, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore watched from the Villarreal bench as his club dropped Malaga 3-2.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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