KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ethan Horvath saw his first action for Club Brugge in Belgium while Mix Diskerud notched an assist for IFK Göteborg in their comfortable win in Sweden.
Ethan Horvath made history as he became the first American to play for Club Brugge in their 3-1 win over Sporting Charleroi.
Jose Izquierdo would guarantee Brugge walked away with all three points with his hat-trick.
The Colombian international scored his first goal just before the halftime whistle when he ran onto a through ball from teammate Dorin Rotariu and slotted his shot past Charleroi goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau.
Things were going well for Horvath in the game until a gaffe in the 47th minute. Having thought he heard a whistle for a stoppage in play, the goalkeeper put the ball on the ground for a free kick. However, there was no whistle, leading Charleroi forward David Pollet to swoop in, take the ball and shot it into the open goal.
Brugge would get back on track just seconds later as Izquierdo scored his second on the night. In similar fashion to the first goal, Claudemir sent a through ball into the area and the winger would again beat Penneteau to the goal.
Izquierdo sealed his hat-trick in the 77th minute as he ran onto a long pass from Horvath, got through the commotion by the Charleroi players in the area and poked the ball into the goal.
Brugge sits in second place in the playoff standings with 41 points.
Elsewhere in the Jupiler League playoffs, Kenny Saief started and scored a goal for Gent in their 4-3 loss to KV Oostende. Gent currently sits in third place in the standings which would give them automatic passage to the Europa League.
Mix Diskerud continues to play well for IFK Göteborg as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Kalmar.
The midfielder, on loan to the team from New York City FC, set up their first goal four minutes into play as he passed the ball off to teammate Soren Rieks, who then cut into the area from the left before unleashing a shot that beat Kalmar goalkeeper Lucas Hägg-Johansson.
Tobias Hysén scored the host's second goal 15 minutes later and guided the ball towards the bottom corner of the goal after a cross from Henrik Bjørdal.
Mattias Bjärsmyr rounded out the scoring in the 68th minute with a shot that deflected off a Kalmar defender and into the back of the net.
Göteborg sits in ninth place in the standings with 10 points.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Josh Wicks started in goal for Sirius in their 2-2 tie with Häcken.
Brendan Hines-Ike started for Örebro in their 4-0 loss to Djurgårdens.
Romain Gall came off the bench for GIF Sundsvall in their 0-0 tie with IFK Norrköping.
In the Superettan, Matt Pyzdrowski started in goal for Helsingborg in their 2-1 win over Åtvidaberg.
Alex de John and Andrew Stadler both started for Dalkurd in their 3-1 loss to Degerfors.
It appears that Emerson Hyndman's season is over for Rangers as a foot injury kept him out of the team's 2-1 win over Partick Thistle. The midfielder has made the most of his loan to the Scottish team from Bournemouth as he appeared in 17 games and scored four goals in all competitions. Also, despite only playing with the team since January, he was named Rangers Young Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Bjorn Johnsen came off the bench while Perry Kitchen watched on as Hearts went down to a 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen.
Matt Miazga was in the starting lineup in Vitesse's 2-1 loss to Utrecht.
In the Eerste Divisie, Shane O'Neill started for NAC Breda in their 2-0 win over Almere City. The team now sits in fifth place in the standings and will now head to the promotion playoffs.
Caleb Stanko started for Vaduz in their 4-2 loss to Grasshopper Zurich.
Steve Clark and Conor O'Brien started for Horsens in their 2-1 win over Randers.
Brian Span started as defending league champions IFK Mariehamn suffered a 3-0 loss to Ilves.
In the Ykkönen, Christian Eissele and Felix de Bona started for their respective teams while Etchu Tabe came off the bench as FF Jaro earned a 2-0 win over EIF.
Daniel Stevens watched from the bench in Grankulla's 2-0 loss to OPS.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench as Tours cruised to a 3-1 win over Laval in Ligue 2 action.
In the Championnat, Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for Châteauroux in their 1-0 win over Pau.
Stefan Antonijevic came off the bench for Lillestrom in their 1-0 loss to Odd.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench as Brann went down to a 2-1 loss to Rosenborg.