KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Matt Miazga and Vitesse stole a point on the road against Heracles in the Eredivisie while Josh Wicks and Sirius snapped their losing streak with a win in Sweden's Allsvenskan.
A goal from Brian Linssen three minutes from time helped Vitesse salvage a point against Heracles at the Polman Stadion.
With Feyenoord playing Zwolle to a scoreless tie at the weekend, Vitesse had an opportunity to leapfrog them and moved into second place in the standings. However, struggling to find the goals they needed over their host.
Heracles could have had a commanding lead on several occasions, with Reuven Niemeijer squandering three goods chances himself. Vitesse also had to thank their goalkeeper Remko Pasveer for being on top of his game on the day as he made several key stops.
The host finally broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute when Brandley Kuwas cross from the right found the head of Kristoffer Peterson.
Heracles appeared to be on their way to victory, but Vitesse continued to push and was rewarded with the equalizer in the 87th minute. Milot Rashica's cross into the area fell at the feet of Linssen and he finished it off with a right-footed strike.
Miazga played a solid game for Vitesse as he made an excellent stop on an attack by a Heracles forward in the area as the game ended in a tie.
Vitesse sit in fourth place in the standings with 15 points.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Desevio Payne came off the bench for Excelsior as they went to earn a 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag.
In the Eerste Divisie, Andrija Novakovich started and scored a goal from the penalty spot as Telstar walked away with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dordrecht.
Goals from Alexander Nilsson and Stefano Vecchia in both halves helped Sirius to a 2-0 win over Djugarden to end their seven-game losing streak.
Sirius appeared to be contending for a European place, but hit hard times as they could not must up a single point for an entire month. However, with this win, it could see them finish the season strongly in the middle of the standings.
Wicks was called into action 13 minutes into the game when a Djugarden attack saw Gustav Engvall take a shot at goal, but the goalkeeper would make a diving save to end the threat.
The host opened the scoring in the 44th minute when Karl Larson's cross into the area bounced past several players and onto the foot of Nilsson, who slotted home from close range.
It was back-and-forth for much of the second half, but Sirius found their insurance goal in the 72nd minute as Vecchia ran into the area to tap in a cross from Elias Andersson.
The win moves Sirius up to eighth place in the standings with 36 points.
Elsewhere, Brendan Hines-Ike and started for Orebro in their 3-0 loss to Ostersunds.
Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 2-1 win over Halmstad.
Romain Gall started for GIF Sundsvall in their 2-1 loss to Elfsborg.
Down in the Superettan, Andrew Stadler came off the bench for Dalkurd in their 2-1 loss to Oster. The team have dropped to second place in the standings, but are only one point behind Brommapojkarna.
In Ligue 2, Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for Reims in their 3-1 loss to Chateauroux.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench as Auxerre settled for a 1-1 tie with Brest.
Maki Tall watched from the bench as last place Tours suffered a 3-0 loss to Valenciennes.
Stefan Antonijevic came off the bench for Lillestrom in their 1-0 win over Sogndal.
Rubio Rubin was a late-game sub for Stabaek in their 2-2 tie with Sarpsborg 08.
Perry Kitchen started for Randers as they fell to a 3-2 loss at Nordsjælland.
Emmanuel Sabbi watched from the bench as Hobro earned a point following a 2-2 tie with Horsens.
Brian Span started for Mariehamn in their 1-0 loss to JJK.
In the Ykkonen, Tim Murray started in goal for Honka but had little to do as his team had a comfortable 10-0 win over OPS.
Felix de Bona and Etchu Tabe started for EIF, with the later scoring a goal, while Daniel Stevens came off the bench for IFK Grankulla as the teams settled for a 3-3 tie.
Christian Eissele started for Jaro in their 3-1 loss to Oulu.