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Claudemir strikes to seal Danish Cup for FCK

Brazilian midfielder Claudemir struck the only goal as FC København triumphed in the Danish Cup final at the expense of first-time finalists AC Horsens at the Parken Stadium.

Claudemir scored the game's decisive goal
Claudemir scored the game's decisive goal ©Getty Images

FC København have won the Danish Cup for the fifth time in their history after overcoming first-time finalists AC Horsens 1-0 at the Parken Stadium.

The initial stages progressed at a comfortable pace and although FCK enjoyed long spells of possession they failed to prise open their opponents' stubborn reaguard. That was until three minutes before the break when Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow parried Bryan Oviedo's centre into the path of Claudemir, who found the net via a telling deflection.

Johnny Mølby's side emerged after the interval with renewed purpose but failed to capitalise on a host of second-half opportunities. André Bjerregaard struck the bar, while Lasse Kryger failed to hit the target when well placed inside the area. FCK finished stronger and could have stretched their advantage if Dame N'Doye had converted a flurry of late chances.

"There could have easily been more goals, as Horsens had their chances, and we also had several on the counter," said FCK midfielder Thomas Kristensen. "Winning the cup is always big and we are definitely going to celebrate this title, but we also have to think about the championship, where we have an extremely important match on Sunday."

One of Danish football's most eminent clubs are now on the verge of a domestic double, should they maintain their one-point lead at the Danish Super League summit with two games remaining.