Mabil helps Midtjylland break Danish Cup drought

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The Socceroos attacker held his nerve when it mattered most

After finishing runners-up on four previous occasions, FC Midtjylland have finally claimed their first Danish Cup with Australian Awer Mabil playing a decisive role.

With Midtjylland and Brondby locked up at 1-1 heading into extra time, Mabil was introduced in the 106th minute with one eye on a penalty shootout.

Having broken his goal drought earlier in the week from the spot, the Socceroo stepped up to slot home his side's fourth penalty, just after Brondby had missed one of theirs to set Midtjylland up for victory.

Alexander Scholz burying his spot-kick as Mabil claimed the second piece of silverware in his career having previously won the FFA Cup with Adelaide United.

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Midtjylland's victory was particularly meaningful after both Mabil and teammate Jesper Hansen lost siblings in respective traffic accidents this year.

"It has been a hard spring for us, where two of the boys have been out for great tragedies, but we have been together all the way," Midtjylland winger Marc Dal Hende told TV3+ postmatch.  

Midtjylland's triumph also means they will now enter the third qualifying round for the Europa League

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