Ghana defender Daniel Amartey wins first major title in Europe, clinches Danish FA Cup

Ghana defender Amartey display the Danish FA Cup he won last night

Ghana defender Amartey display the Danish FA Cup he won last night

Ghana defender Daniel Amartey won his first silverware on Europe last night when his club FC Copenhagen defeated FC Vestsjælland 3-2 extra time to win the Danish Cup.

The Black Stars defender, who played the entire duration of the game, was hugely instrumental in the victory by setting up one of the goals in the crucial victory.

This caps an important year for Amartey who burst onto the scene at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in January.

The victory however replaces the memory of losing the final of Africa’s flagship competition to Ivory Coast.

The underdogs and Superliga relegation favourites from Slagelse stunned FCK by going ahead in the first half through a towering header by Greek striker Apostolos Vellios.

But the injury-ravaged Lions stormed back with two goals from Per Nilsson and Björn Sigurdarson early in the second half before Dennis Sørensen squared things up just two minutes from the end of regulation time.

Just over 24,000 fans at Parken then witnessed the capital club sealing the win in extra time through a long-range effort by young Faroese midfielder Brandur Olsen.

The cup win, coupled with the Lions probably finishing second in the Superliga, means the team finishing fourth in the league will be handed a place in the Europa League next season.

The win is FC Copenhagen’s sixth, tying them with rivals Brøndby and Vejle. AGF still have the most all-time cup wins with nine. Current Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland are the Buffalo Bills of the Danish Cup, having lost all four finals they’ve contested.

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