DAVID SMITH - Friday, April 5, 2013
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg saw their hopes for a third straight Cup title smashed by Göteborg while Brian Span earned the start for Djurgarden in their penalty shootout win over Norrköping.
Helsingborgs IF 0 - 1 IFK Göteborg
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg were knocked out of the Swedish Cup on Wednesday thanks to an early goal by opponents Göteborg.
Both teams had come up big winners in their opening league matches during the previous weekend, however it was Göteborg that immediately stamped their name on the proceedings with a fourth-minute score.
Tobias Hysen hit a long ball into the box, which teammate David Moberg-Karlsson quickly played out to Daniel Sobralense. The Brazilian attacking midfielder then fired a cross in front of goal that Philip Haglund chested down and volleyed into the net past the helpless Par Hansson.
Hysen nearly added a second in the 20th minute when he forced Hansson into a save, then was close again seven minutes later, only to be thwarted by the Swedish international.
The hosts gradually turned the tide and exerted pressure on Göteborg in an attempt to equalize.
In the 40th minute, Robin Simovic wasted a one-on-one when he was sent through on goal by David Accam, then Walid Atta forced John Alvbåge into a fine save on a free kick attempt late in the second half.
Bedoya was pulled out of the game in the 84th minute in favor of Dutch attacker Rachid Bouaouzan, vented his frustration at what he had perceived to be negative tactics on the part of the visitors in a now-notorious post-game interview.
In the end, the visitors held on to the narrow advantage until the final whistle to book their place in next month's semifinal.
Bedoya and the Reds will have little time to pout about the loss, as they are back in action on Monday with a visit to Östers Växjö in the second game of the young Allsvenskan season.
IFK Norrköping 0 - 0 Djurgardens IF (pen. 4-5)
Brian Span was in the starting eleven for Djurgarden on Thursday evening, as they needed 120 minutes plus a tight penalty shoot-out to finally defeat Norrköping in an otherwise scoreless draw.
Span had a relatively short shift in the game, being pulled at halftime in favor of free-kick specialist Nahir Oyal after head coach Magnus Pehrsson sensed that any goals during the run of play would be a particularly had to come by.
Norrköping had the better of a sparse affair in the first half, with their big moment coming midway through when an apparent goal by Christoffer Nyman was called back after the referee judged the ball had rolled over the endline on the buildup.
Djurgarden caught a break late in the second half when Norrköping defender Morten Skjönsberg was sent off for a second yellow, but the visitors weren't able to capitalize.
The hosts had another near-winner four minutes from the end of the second overtime period when a shot hit the crossbar and landed on the goal line, but the referee correctly judged that it had not crossed over.
In the shootout, both teams drilled their first four, before a John-Terry-esque miss by Estonian Siim Luts opened the door for Djurgarden to seal the win. Sure enough, Jesper Arvidsson stepped up and coolly put away his shot to give Djurgarden the win, and a place in next month's semifinal.
Beforehand, they will turn their attention toward their newly started league campaign, where they will host Mjällby AIF on Monday evening.