KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 5, 2016
Bjorn Johnsen scored again for Hearts in their game against Ross County in Scotland, while Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu nailed a hat-trick for Reims during French Cup action over the weekend.
Bjorn Johnsen tallied his fifth goal of the season for Hearts, but a last minute saved penalty only saw Hearts share the points with Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.
Both Johnsen and captain Perry Kitchen started for the Jambos in the tie.
Jay McEvely would open the scoring for County two minutes before halftime as he had to twist his body mid-air to get his strike past Hearts' goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
However, the visitors would go on to score two quick goals in the second half.
Johnsen put away the first in the 66th minute when a scramble for a loose ball allowed the tall forward to take a chance a bury the ball in the back of the net.
Callum Paterson scored Hearts' second goal within seconds of the re-start as he slide in to force the ball past County goalkeeper Scott Fox.
The home side leveled the score in the 86th minute when Liam Boyce converted a penalty after a handball in the area.
Jamie Walker had a chance to snatch the three points in stoppage time after forcing a penalty from County, but Fox would guess right and make the the save to secure a point.
Hearts remain in third place in the standings with 27 points.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu may not be on the radar of the US youth national teams as of yet, but he just might be working his way into the conversation as scored three goals for Reims in their 7-0 win over Villeneuve-d'Ascq Métropole in the French Cup.
The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the game in the 41st minute as he was able to get his foot onto the ball after a cross from a teammate.
Siebatcheu scored his second two minutes later and he finished off Reims' counter-attack with a header that the opposing goalkeeper could only make a helpless dive to save.
The forward then sealed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.
The Washington, DC-born Siebatcheu may have only played a handful of games so far this season for Reims, but this hat-trick should boost his confidence going forward.
Matt Miazga was a late-game substitute as Vitesse secured a 3-1 win over Zwolle.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Utrecht earned a 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag.
Joshua Perez watched from the bench as Fiorentina squeaked by Palermo to get the 2-1 win.
Caleb Stanko watched from the bench as Vaduz suffered a 3-0 loss to Luzern.
In the second division, Erik Palmer-Brown started in defense as Porto II's game with Benfica II ended in a 1-1 tie.
Keaton Parks started and played the entire first half as Varzim suffered a 2-0 loss to Sporting Covilhz.