JON VAN WAGENEN - Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya helped lead Örebro to an important road win while Ryan Miller helped Halmstad take a point away from home.
AIK 0 – 1 Örebro
Alejandro Bedoya led Örebro to a surprising victory that keeps the defending champs winless. A lack of goals is causing an early crisis in Solna.
AIK forward Antionio Flavio missed early chance right in front of the net in the second minute.
In the 24th, Bedoya sent a short pass to Markus Astvald on the right endline. Astvald crossed to Kim Olsen who jumped higher than the home defender for the eventual winner.
High profile addition Paulinho made his debut when he replaced Markus Astvald in the 65th minute. The Brazilian has been a goal machine in his Allsvenskan career and could affect the playing time of Örebro's current stable of starting forwards.
Goalscorer Olsen, a 31 year-old Dane who had 9 goals in 15 appearances last year still has spring in his step. Swedish youth player, 19 year-old Astvald is seen as a rising star, while Roni Porokara, a 26 year-old Finnish international, is hitting his prime and has been attracted interest from the Israel, where he would qualify for a passport.
Nordin Gerzic was sent off with a second yellow card in the last minute, but the ten-man side was able to hold on.
Örebro will try to build momentum as they host GAIS next week.
Malmö 1 – 1 Halmstad
Ryan Miller played right back and Michael Thomas was a late sub as Halmstad took a valuable point in Malmö.
Over 11,000 filled Swedbank Stadion with noise in a scoreless first half.
Left midfielder Michael Görlitz broke the tie in the 48th minute. A corner kick was cleared back to the short side, and Görlitz smashed a bouncing shot to the far post.
Robert Persson scored in the 70th minute. Wilton Figueiredo's free kick bounced off the post and Persson was the lucky one of several Malmö players who were poised to strike home in the penalty area.
Miller was a dependable 90-minute man, while Thomas picked up a yellow card in his 15 minutes of playing time.
Malmö will travel to Kalmar next week. Halmstad hosts the hot starting new kids, Mjällby.
Kalmar had a disappointing scoreless draw against Åtvidaberg. Johann Smith made a cameo in the 86th minute, subbing on for left forward Daniel Mendes.