KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Alex Horwath got a rare start for Brann in their win in Norway while Josh Wicks got a shutout win for Sirius to keep in the top three in Sweden.
Goals on either side of the half saw Brann walk away with a 2-0 win over Odd at Brann Stadion.
The Bergen-based have found themselves in the top half of the standings for most of the season and are in the hunt for securing a Europa League spot although they are only 10 points behind leaders Rosenborg.
The host opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Gilli Sorensen blasted in a half-volley strike inside the area following a free kick.
Odd nearly levelled the score later in the first half when Elbasan Rashani took the ball from a Brann defender, ran into the area and unleashed a left-footed shot that bounced wide of the goal.
The visitors had another chance to tie the score in the second half when Martin Broberg headed the ball towards the goal from a corner kick, but Horwath made a great save to push the ball over the bar.
Brann ensured they collected all three points in the 58th minute when Kristoffer Broberg fired in a shot past Sondre Rossbach.
The win moves Brann up to third place in the standings with 31 points.
Goals from Elias Andersson and Shkodran Maholli helped Sirius to a comfortable 3-0 win over Halmstad at the Orjans Vall.
The league title might be out of reach for Sirius as Malmo have a commanding 13 point lead at the top of the standings, but they are still in the hunt for securing a Europa League spot along with a few other teams.
The visitors struck first in the ninth minute when Andersson put in a rebound from a save by goalkeeper Isak Pettersson.
It took some time for Sirius to seal the win, but they bagged their two goals just before the final whistle. Maholli scored the first of his two in the 83rd minute when he unleashed a long-range effort that Pettersson could on flail at as it hit the back of the net. The Swede added his second five minutes later when he took a pass from teammate Kim Skoglund and blasted his shot into the goal.
The win leaves Sirius in third place in the standings with 33 points.
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Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 2-1 win over Elfsborg.
Romain Gall started for GIF Sundsvall in their 2-0 loss to Hacken.
In the Supperettan, Matt Pyzdrowski watched from the bench as Helsingborg suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Frej.
Andrew Stadler started while Alex De John was on the bench as Dalkurd settled for a 1-1 tie with Varnamo.
Perry Kitchen started for Randers in their 0-0 tie with Brondby.
The Dutch Eredivisie started its new season over the weekend.
Matt Miazga came off the bench for Vitesse in their 4-1 win over NAC Breda.
Desevio Payne watched from the bench as Excelsior earned a 2-1 win over Willen II.
Shawn Barry started for Korona Kielce in their 3-2 loss to Jagiellonia Bialystok.
Maki Tall and Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for their respective teams as Reims earned a 1-0 win over Tours.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench in Auxerre's 2-0 loss to Niort.
Brian Span started for Mariehamn in their 2-1 win over Kups.
In the Ykkonen, Christian Eissele started and scored a goal as Jaro earned a 2-0 win over Gnistan.
Etchu Tabe and Felix da Bona started up top for Ekenäs IF in their 1-0 loss to Oulu.