May 21 (Reuters) - FC Midtjylland claimed the Danish Superliga title for the second time in their history as Marc Dal Hende fired them to glory with a close-range goal as his side beat AC Horsens 1-0 on Monday.
With Midtjylland needing a win to seal the title, the 27-year-old Dal Hende bundled home Paul Onuachu’s goal-bound header to put his side into the lead in the 59th minute.
Shortly after the final whistle, a helicopter containing the trophy landed in the centre circle and Dal Hende and his elated team mates were crowned champions.
There was anguish for Copenhagen club Brondby, who could only manage a 1-1 draw with Aalborg having needed victory to have any chance of winning the league.
Brondby’s late slump in form cost them a first league title since 2005. After a scintillating season, they lost to Midtjylland on May 14 and then drew 2-2 with Horsens in the previous round of games.
Midtjylland, who now enter the Champions League in the second qualifying round, finished with 85 points from 36 games, four ahead of Brondby.
Reporting by Philip O'Connor Editing by Toby Davis