KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Matt Miazga and Vitesse puts themselves closer to qualifying for a Europa League playoff spot while Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of the season for IFK Göteborg.
A Ricky van Wolfswinkel hat-trick did the job for Vitesse as they ran riot over Heerenveen to a 4-2 win at the GelreDome.
Matt Miazga started for Vitesse, making his 20th appearance for the team this season.
The host started the scoring early as Navarone Foor charged into the area to put his shot past Heerenveen goalkeeper Erwin Mulder. Van Wolfswinkel made it 2-0 nine minutes later as he headed in a corner kick.
Luciano Slagveer pulled one back for the visitors in the 31st minute from a counter attack.
However, Van Wolfswinkel put the game out of reach in the second half and scored on strikes in the 70th and 75th minute.
Sam Larsson scored a consolation goal just before stoppage time, but the writing was already on the wall for this game as Vitesse walked away with a big win.
The win puts Vitesse in fifth place in the Eredivisie standings with 48 points.
In the Eerste Divisie, Shane O'Neill started in NAC Breda's 2-0 loss to Cambuur.
Gedion Zelalem watched from the bench as VVV Venlo went on to a 3-2 win over Almere City.
Mix Diskerud has a turblent few months, but it appears his confidence is coming back as he scored the opening goal to help IFK Göteborg 2-0 win over Sirius at the Studenternas IP.
Josh Wicks started in net for Sirius in the loss.
After a scoreless first half, Göteborg would finally open the scoring in the 63rd minute. A counter attack started by Soren Rieks saw him cross the ball over to the left side for teammate Tobias Hysen. Hysen then laid the ball off for Diskerud to take a crack and his shot flew past Wicks for the score.
Mikael Boman scored Göteborg's second in the 85th minute to seal the game.
Göteborg currently sit in first place in the standings after two games.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Brendan Hines-Ike started for Örebro in their 2-2 tie with AFC Eskilstuna.
In the Superettan, Matt Pyzdrowski started in net for Helsingborg as their game with Varberg ended in a 3-3 tie.
Alex De John came off the bench for Dalkurd in their 1-0 win over GAIS.
Emerson Hyndman started in Rangers' 3-0 win over Aberdeen.
Perry Kitchen started while Bjorn Johnsen came off the bench in Hearts 1-0 win over Dundee.
Caleb Stanko watched from the bench as Vaduz suffered a 2-0 loss to Luzern. It appears that relegation is within sight for Vaduz.
Steve Clark and Conor O'Brien both started for Horsens in their 2-0 loss to Randers.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Silkeborg sealed a 3-1 win over Aarhus.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench as Brann suffered a 1-0 loss to Kristiansund.
The Veikkausliiga season got underway over the weekend with Brian Span starting and scoring a goal in defending league champion IFK Mariehamn's 5-2 win over JJK.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench as Tours' game with Brest ended in a 1-1 tie.
In the Championnat, Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for Châteauroux in their 1-1 tie with Dunkerque.