KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Romain Gall scored for GIF Sundsvall as they shared the points with IFK Norrkoping in Sweden while Matt Miazga and Vitesse had a big win in the Dutch Eredivisie.
GIF Sundsvall allowed a two-goal lead slip from their grasp as they had to settle for a point with IFK Norrkoping following a 2-2 tie at the Norrporten Arena.
Sundsvall is in a battle to avoid going into a promotion/relegation playoff and need all the points they can get to overtake Jönköpings Södra and Kalmar - two other teams not safe from making the drop.
The host took the lead in the 24th minute when Markus Danielsson converted from the penalty spot after Daniel Sjölund handled the ball in the area. Sundsvall had several chances to extend their lead before halftime, but Norrkoping goalkeeper David Mitov-Nilsson make some key saves to keep the score at 1-0.
Sundsvall finally got their second goal of the game in the 54th minute when Gall took a pass from teammate Peter Wilson, rounded two defenders and sent a low shot past Nilsson into the back of the net.
However, the team could not hold on to their lead as Norrkoping went on to cut the deficit in the 62nd minute. Tommy Naurin's interception of a cross fell into the path of Alexander Jakobsen, who slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
Simon Skrabb leveled the score in the 80th minute when he fired in a shot from the edge of the area that Naurin could not handle.
Sundsvall sits in 14th place in the standings with 28 points, behind on goal difference with Jönköpings Södra and four points behind Kalmar.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Brendan Hines-Ike started for Orebro in their 1-0 loss to Halmstad.
Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 1-0 loss to Ostersunds FK.
In the Superettan, Andrew Stadler started and Alex de John came off the bench for Dalkurd in their 1-0 loss to Brommapojkarna. Dalkurd, a fairly new team in Sweden's soccer league system are on the brink of making history as it looks like they will earn automatic promotion to the Allsvenskan.
Vitesse remains in contention for a Champions League spot as they came away with a comfortable 4-0 win over Heerenveen at Abe Lenstra Stadion.
Matt Miazga took his normal place in the center of defense in the team's shutout win.
It was a dominant performance from start to finish for the visitors and they opened the scoring in the 17th minute as Milot Rashica slid in to steer the ball into the goal following a cross from teammate Navarone Foor.
Brian Linssen doubled Vitesse's lead in the 36th minute as he tapped in a cross from Fankaty Dabo.
It was more of the same in the second half as Vitesse made it 3-0 when Foor slotted the ball past Heerenveen goalkeeper Martin Hansen following a pass from Linssen.
Tim Matavz rounded out the scoring for Vitesse in the 72nd minute as the team romped on to a big win.
Vitesse sits in third place in the standings with 18 points.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Desevio Payne came off the bench for Excelsior in their 1-1 tie with Sparta in the Rotterdam derby.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, forward Andrija Novakovich's loan to Telstar has been going well as he bagged his sixth goal of the season to help his team to 2-1 win over Helmond Sport.
Perry Kitchen started for last place Randers in their 1-1 tie with Aalborg.
Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench late in the game for Hobro in their 4-0 thrashing of Nordsjælland.
Shawn Barry watched from the bench in Korona Kielce 3-3 tie with Gornik Zabrze.
Joshua Perez is currently on loan with Serie C team Livorno from Fiorentina. He watched from the bench in the team's 2-1 win over Giana Erminio.
Brian Span started and scored a goal for Mariehamn in their 3-0 win over RoPS.
In the Ykkonen, Etchu Tabe and Felix de Bona wrapped up their season with Ekenas IF, with the latter scoring twice, in the team's 3-2 loss to Oulu. Ekenas finished in seventh place in the standings. De Bona finished top scorer in the second division with 14 goals.
Tim Murray started in goal for Honka is their 1-1 tie with TPS. Honka finished in second place in the standings, putting them in the promotion playoff.
Christian Eissele started for Jaro in their 1-1 tie with Gnistan. Eissele finished his season as the third-best goal scorer in the second division with 11.
Stefan Antonijevic started for Lillestrom in their 1-0 loss to Odd.
Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started for Reims in their 1-0 win over Lens.
Maki Tall watched from the bench in last place Tours 1-0 loss to Sochaux.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench Auxerre squeezed past Quevilly Rouen with a 2-1 win.