KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 28, 2016
Bjorn Johnsen bagged two goals for Hearts in their big win over Motherwell, while Josh Perez's debut for Fiorentina ended on a sour not with a loss to Inter Milan.
Bruce Arena's appointment as US national team coach has probably come at a good time for Bjorn Johnsen as his two goals helped Hearts to a 3-0 win over Motherwell.
Both Johnsen and Perry Kitchen started for the Jambos as each gave strong performances in the win that end the team's four-game winless run.
The Norwegian-American opened the scoring for the host in the 31st minute when Arnaud Djoum's through ball found Johnsen and he rounded Motherwell goalkeeper Craig Samson to put the ball in the open goal.
Johnsen thought he had scored a second goal four minutes later, but the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside.
However, the tall forward guaranteed his second would not be questioned as he headed in from point-blank range following a cross from teammate Robbie Muirhead.
Jamie Walker scored Hearts' third goal in the 66th minute with powerful low shot.
The win leaves Hearts in fourth place in the standings with 23 points.
Despite a valiant comeback, three first half goals and a red card did Fiorentina in as they suffered a 4-2 loss to Inter Milan.
However, the story from this game was the debut of Josh Perez, who entered the game in the 75th minute and was active throughout his time on the field.
Inter immediately opened the scoring three minutes into the contest as Marcelo Brozovic fired in a close-range shot after a cross from Mauro Icardi.
I Nerazzurri scored their second six minutes later through Antonio Candreva. Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu did well to stop the effort of Ivan Perisic, but the ball fell at the feet of the Italian, who did not miss his chance.
Icardi bagged Inter's third goal after 19 minutes as he collected Condreva's through ball and cooly slotted his shot past Tatarusanu.
The visitors pulled one back eight minutes before halftime when Nikola Kalinic caught up to a lofted ball from teammate Milan Badelj and got his shot past Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
However, the game would turn just before the halftime whistle when Gonzalo Rodriguez was shown a red card for bringing down Icardi in what was deemed as a professional foul.
Fiorentina made things interesting when they cut Inter's lead to 3-2 in the 62nd minute thanks to Josip Ilicic, but the host found the fourth goal they were looking for when Icardi stepped up to grab his second a minute into stoppage time.
The loss moves Fiorentina down to ninth place in the Serie A standings with 20 points.
Matt Miazga watched from the bench as Vitesse shared the points with Excelsior following a 2-2 tie.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Utrecht's game with Feyenoord ended in a 3-3 tie.
Caleb Stanko watched from the bench as Vaduz notched a 5-1 win over Lugano.
Cole Grossman and Stabaek will be fighting for their Tippeligaen status as they will meet Jerv in the promotion/relegation playoff final. The first leg is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, with the second leg set for December 4.