Aussies Abroad: Mabil celebrates FC Midtjylland's first Danish Cup triumph

Awer Mabil netted a crucial spot-kick as FC Midtjylland lifted their Danish Cup curse following a penalty shootout victory over Brondby IF.

The Caltex Socceroo’s side finally wrote their names on to Denmark's DBU Pokalen trophy having been the beaten finalists four times, two of those occasions against the seven-time winners Brondby. 

(Header image courtesy of FC Midtjylland on Twitter)

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With the third final meeting between these teams heading for a nail-biting finish, Mabil held his nerve from 12 yards to give the Wolves a 3-2 advantage after opposition midfielder Josip Radosevic saw his kick saved by gloveman Jesper Hansen.

Brondby’s Besar Halimi levelled the scores at 3-3 before Midtjylland defender Alexander Scholz converted the winning penalty to send Mabil and company into scenes of jubilation at Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

FCM had taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of normal time when centre-back Kian Hansen struck but German midfielder Dominik Kaiser restored parity after 21 minutes and the scores remained locked at 1-1 through a 120-minute battle.

The 23-year-old, who has nine Caltex Socceroos caps to his name, then captured his first European silverware to add to his FFA Cup winners medal collected as an Adelaide United player in 2014.