KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Romain Gall bagged two goals for Sundsvall in their win in Sweden while Jonathan Amon returned to the starting lineup for Nordsjaelland and scored a goal in their loss in Denmark.
Two goals from Romain Gall would be enough to help Sundsvall to a 2-1 win over Elfsborg at the Norrporten Arena to maintain their unbeaten record so far this season.
After scoring the equalizer last weekend in the team's 2-2 tie with Dalkurd, the American midfielder continued his good form that could lead to a call-up to the US national team for their friendlies in May and June.
Gall would get Sundsvall on the scoreboard early as he drew a penalty that he converted in the eighth minute.
Elfsborg would get a penalty of their own in the 50th minute when the referee judged that Sundsvall defender David Myrestam had brought down Issam Jebali in the area. Jebali would go ahead and convert the penalty to level the score.
However, Gall would seal the game for his team in the 56th minute of play when teammate David Batanero launched a long ball to him from the right. The youngster then toyed with his marker in the area before getting a step ahead of him to fire his shot past goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard.
Gall's day came to an end near the fulltime whistle as he was subbed off to a standing ovation from the Sundsvall fans.
The win leaves Sundsvall in sixth place in the standings with nine points.
Sundsvall is not the only team having a good run this early in the Allsvenskan season as Brendan Hines-Ike and Orebro remained unbeaten following their thrilling 3-2 win over Dalkurd at the Behrn Arena.
Hines-Ike started for Orebro while Alex DeJohn came off the bench for the new boys in the top flight.
After a scoreless first half, Dalkurd would break the deadlock in the 54th minute when Mohamed Buya Turay's low cross found Yukiya Sugita, who guided the ball into the goal.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 74th minute, with Sugita now becoming the provider for Buya Turay's goal as the Japanese international sent a long ball from Dalkurd's end up to the Sierra Leonean forward, allowing him to fire his shot past goalkeeper Oscar Jansson.
Then things took a dramatic turn in the final minutes of the contest as Orebro would begin their comeback to take all three points.
Michael Omoh would get things going in the 80th minute as a scramble in the area for the ball after a corner kick saw him take a headed pass from Nordin Gerzic and bury the ball in the back of the net.
The host leveled the score three minutes later when Kennedy Igboananike headed in a Nahir Besara corner kick.
Igboananike would not be done as he scored the game-winner two minutes into stoppage time when his half-volleyed shot from the edge of the area flew over Dalkurd goalkeeper Abdulaziz Demircan to send the Orebro fans into wild celebrations.
The win puts Orebro in third place in the standings with 12 points.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 2-1 win over Hacken.
Teenager Jonathan Amon has not seen much action recently, but he made his return to the starting lineup for Nordsjaeland and scored their only goal in a 3-1 loss to Brondby in the Championship playoffs.
The 19-year-old winger would make his presence known early when he opened the scoring in the 16th minute of play. Amon dispossessed Brondby defender Benedikt Rocker of the ball, leading it to fall to Ernest Asante. Asante passed it back to Amon as he darted towards the opposition goal and blasted his shot past goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow.
However, Nordsjaeland's lead would be short-lived as the host leveled the score four minutes later through Kamil Wilczek. Some excellent passing from the team in the final third led to the Polish international blasting his shot in the roof of the goal.
Wilczek added a second goal in the 61st minute when headed in a corner kick from close range.
Teemu Pukki sealed the win for Brondby in the 68th minute when he converted a penalty.
The loss leaves Nordsjaeland in fourth place in the standings with 54 points.
In other Superliga action, both Bill Hamid and Mike Lansing watch from the bench for their respective teams as Midtjylland came away with a 3-0 win over Aalborg.
Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench for Hobro in their 1-0 win over Aarhus.
Matt Miazga and Vitesse had no problems over the weekend as they gave a 5-0 thrashing to FC Twente.
Shane O'Neill watched from the bench as Excelsior suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Groningen.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Andrija Novakovich started for Telstar in their 1-0 loss to Cambuur.
Kai Koreniuk started for Jong AZ Alkmaar in their 2-2 tie with De Graafschap.
It was quite a weekend for Keaton Parks as he started for Benfica II in their 1-0 loss to Vitoria Guimaraes II. He then was among the subs for Benfica's first team later in their 3-2 loss to Tondela.
Timothy Weah made the bench for Paris Saint Germain but saw no action as the French champions played out a 2-2 tie with Guingamp.
In Ligue 2, Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu started for Reims in their 3-1 win over Niort.
Quentin Westberg started for Auxerre in their 2-1 win over Chateauroux.
Joshua Perez watched from the bench for Livorno in their 1-1 tie with Carrarese. Livorno appear on their way to promotion to Serie B if they can maintain their slim lead over their rivals.