KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Emerson Hyndman and Rangers were knocked by rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final while Josh Wicks earned a shutout for Sirius in Sweden's Allsvenskan.
Rangers hopes of claiming some silverware this season were thrashed as Celtic advanced to the final of the Scottish Cup following a 2-0 win at Hampden Park over their Glasgow rivals.
Emerson Hyndman started the game for the Light Blues in the loss.
With the Celtic already claiming the league title and possessing the League Cup, the semi-final was the perfect opportunity for Rangers spoil their rivals pursuit of completing the treble. However, it would not happen on the day as the Hoops would not be denied their place in the final.
Callum McGregor scored Celtic's first goal in the 11th minute when Moussa Dembele did well to collect a long ball, hold up play until support came and passed it off to the midfielder who place his shot past Rangers' goalkeeper Wesley Foderingham.
Scott Sinclair doubled Celtic's lead in the 51st minute as he converted from the penalty spot after James Tavernier had taken down Leigh Griffiths in the area.
Rangers will have to wait until next season to see if they can get their hands on any silverware, but they will have a chance to exact some revenge as the two teams will meet again in league action at the weekend.
Sirius were in dominant form and showed they could possibly be one of the favorites for the league title following their 3-0 win over Kalmar.
Josh Wicks started in goal for the team as they won their third game of the season.
Kingsley Sarfo scored Sirius' first goal in the 19th minute as he took a pass from teammate Karl Larsson, made a good run towards the area and place his shot past Kalmar goalkeeper Ole Söderberg.
Sirius doubled their lead five minutes later when Ian Sirelius ran on to a long ball from Niklas Thor that totally confused the Kalmar defense and he easily tapped into the goal.
Alexander Nilsson rounded out the scoring in the 71st minute as he scored from a free kick.
Sirius now sit in second place in the standings with nine points, one point behind leaders Malmö.
Elsewhere in the Allesvenskan, Mix Diskerud started for IFK Göteborg in their 1-1 tie with Östersunds.
Brendan Hines-Ike started for Örebro in their 3-0 loss to Elfsborg.
In the Superettan, Alex De John came off the bench for Dalkurd in their 2-1 win over Östers.
Matt Pyzdrowski started in goal for Helsingborg in their 0-0 tie with GAIS.
Matt Miazga was out of the lineup for Vitesse at the weekend as the team suffered a 2-0 loss to Feyenoord.
In Eerste Divisie, Gedion Zelalem watched from the bench in VVV Venlo's 0-0 tie with Eindhoven. The team have wrapped up the league title and will be looking to next season as they return to the Eredivisie.
Shane O'Neill started in NAC Breda's 0-0 tie with Emmen. The team is still in contention for a playoff spot, but they will have to win their last two games and hope for some luck if they are to contend for promotion.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench as Brann went on to earn a 2-0 win over Lillestrom.
Steve Clark and Conor O'Brien started for Horsens in their 3-1 loss to Esbjerg.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench in Silkeborg's 2-1 loss to Viborg.
Caleb Stanko started for Vaduz in their 2-2 tie with league leaders Basel.
Brian Span started for IFK Marieham as they shared the points with Inter Turku following a 1-1 tie.
In the Championnat, Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu scored both goals for Châteauroux in their 2-0 win over US Concarnoise. In 11 games played for the team, the 20-year-old, who is on loan from Reims, has scored eight goals as he tries to help them earn promotion to Ligue 2.
Ethan Horvath watched from the bench as Club Brugge fell 2-0 to Anderlecht. The team currently lie in third place in the playoff standings as they look to claim one of the two Champions League spots.
The last time Serbia was mentioned on Yanks Abroad Freddy Adu had an unspectacular stint with FK Jagodina. However, there is another American in the Serbian SuperLiga who is trying to make inroads. Simon Mrsic currently plays for FK Backa Palanka as he tries to help his team avoid the drop to the second division. Unfortunately, they suffered a 2-1 loss to FK Metalac GM.