The impressive Anders Due struck twice as AaB Aalborg netted three second-half goals to take a 3-0 win in the first leg of the UEFA Cup last-32 tie against Deportivo La Coruna.
Due's brace put AaB in control before he was substituted to a standing ovation late on and then full-back Michael Jakobsen added what could prove to be the killer third goal from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.
AaB, under the guidance of new coach Magnus Pehrsson, were playing their first match since mid-December but they showed no signs of rustiness at the start and really have been ahead inside the opening two minutes.
However, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Caca failed to convert a left-wing cross with the Depor goal at his mercy.
Visitors Depor then took control but despite dominating possession, the Spanish outfit created little danger and it was AaB who would create the next decent opening with Jakobsen going agonisingly close after latching into a Due free-kick.
Due was looking lively for AaB and it was him who would break the deadlock eight minutes into the second half.
A deep cross into the Depor area found the 26-year-old at the far post, and he cleverly cut inside the sliding Adrian Piscu before lashing in a low shot that took a slight deflection off Alberto Lopo on it's way past visiting goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia.
That goal seemed to spark Depor back into action and they almost drew level within two minutes as Mista hit the woodwork, latching on to a corner but watching as his acrobatic overhead kick came back off the underside of the crossbar.
AaB were also creating chances though and Thomas Enevoldsen was denied by the feet of Aranzubia after more good work by Due.
Those two AaB players then combined again two minutes later, and this time there was a much happier result for the home side as Due slotted home into an empty net after Enevoldsen had unselfishly laid the ball across to his team-mate.
AaB then secured a huge advantage for the second leg when Jakobsen coolly fired his penalty kick high into the net after Aranzubia had sent Jeppe Curth crashing to the ground.