KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Romain Gall and Malmo are headed to the Europa League as they closed out Sweden's Allsvenskan season with a win to claim a spot in the top three.
A pair of goals in the second half saw Malmo claim their spot in next season's Europa League following a 2-0 win over Elfsborg at the Swedbank Stadion.
The win saw them finish in third place in the standings just ahead of Hammarby on goal difference.
Gall started the game for the Blues, playing 62 minutes as the midfielder must have been in high spirits as he earned a call-up to the US national team for their upcoming friendlies.
Malmo was intent on finishing the season strong and was clearly the dominant side in the first half, but they found it hard to find the back of the net. Gall had a chance 22 minutes into the game, but his effort went well over the goal.
However, the host would be on target in the second half.
The first goal came in the 60th minute when Markus Rosenberg steered the ball home following a low cross from teammate Anders Christiansen.
Malmo appeared to be more relaxed after getting their first goal. They put the game to bed in the 78th minute when Arnor Traustason found a wide-open Marcus Antonsson in the area, allowing him to put his shot past Elfsborg goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard.
It was a strong finish to the season and Malmo will most certainly be looking to reclaim the league title in 2019.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, it was not good news the Americans as their teams ended up relegated.
Alex De John started while Andrew Stadler watched from the bench as Dalkurd ended the season with a 1-0 win over GIF Sundsvall. However, it was not enough for them to stay up as they finish in 15th place.
Kofi Sarkodie started for Trelleborg in their 3-0 loss to Brommapojkarna to see them wrap up their season at the bottom of the standings.
In the Belgian Pro League, Ethan Horvath was once again between the sticks for Club Brugge, but they ended up on the wrong end of the result as they fell to Charleroi in a 2-1 loss.
Elsewhere, Brendan Hines-Ike started for KV Kortrijk as they were blanked by Standard Liege in a 2-0 loss.
Kenny Saief came off the bench for Anderlecht as they recorded a 2-0 win over his former team Genk.
In the Eredivisie, Erik Palmer-Brown started for last place NAC Breda as they could not find the back of the net in their 2-0 loss to Emmen.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Kyle Scott was in the starting lineup for Telstar as they bagged a 2-1 win over Eindhoven.
Jonathan Amon watched had a place on the bench for Nordsjaelland as they shared the points with Randers after a 1-1 tie.
Mike Lansing was once again a spectator on the bench for Aalborg their game with FC Kobenhavn ended in a 1-1 tie.
In Ligue 1, Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu was the only one to see action at the weekend Rennes and Nantes played out a 1-1 tie.
Down in Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg was on the bench for Auxerre as they took a point in their 0-0 tie with Niort.
Keaton Parks started for Benfica II as they allowed a late goal in their 1-0 loss to Penafiel.
Kekuta Manneh started for St. Gallen as an own goal helped them to a 1-0 win over Sion in the Swiss League.
Josh Gatt came off the bench for Rheindorf Altach in their narrow 1-0 loss to Wacker Innsbruck in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Stefan Antonijevic watched from the bench as Lillestrom fought back to earn a point after a 2-2 tie with Stromsgodset.
Brian Iloski had a place on the bench for Zemplin Michalovce in their 1-0 win over Spartak Trnava.