JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Alejando Bedoya won his first matchup with Ryan Miller, while Nick Noble put up another shutout.
Örebro 3 – 0 Halmstad
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro outran Halmstad to jump briefly into second place in the Swedish standings, their best start in two decades. Ryan Miller and Halmstad's rollercoaster season took another dip.
The 6400 fans at Berhn arena were just getting settled in when they had to jump and cheer a second minute goal.
Alejandro Bedoya ran behind forward Marcus Astvald, who settled a long ball for him. Bedoya's cross found Roni Porokara, the opposite forward cutting into the top of the box, the same run he made for a goal against Gefle. This time, Porokara tapped back to central midfielder Magnus Kihlberg who rifled a shot in from the circle.
The second goal came in the 33rd minute when fullback Samuel Wowoah was sent in a curving cross. The long ball bounced once before Kim Olsen put a high kick on it as he slipped past Johnny Lundberg the Halmstad centerback. Miller, a right back was defending the zone above penalty area on the play, but was not close enough to Wowoah to stop his cross.
Bedoya took a long shot from the center of the field off his dribble in the 66th minute. The shot curved wide, but was one of the best chances on the second half.
Nine minutes before full time, substitute striker Paulinho Guara scored his first goal for Örebro. A long Nordin Gerzic shot was double fisted out by Karl-Johan Johnsson. The ball bounced straight to the Brazilian who was just running into the box. His one touch finish showed the kind of skill that allowed him to score 58 previous goals in Sweden.
Michael Thomas was once again an unused subsitute.
Bedoya will catch up with the only other American in the Allsvenskan, Johann Smith when Örebro travel to Kalmar on Wednesday. Halmstad will host Gefle.
Örgryte 0- 0 Ljungskile
Nick Noble was able to stay alert, despite a lack of action in Gamla Ullevi.
Noble made his first save in the seventh minute when Ken Fagerberg took a tricky shot from 30 yards.
While, Örgryte dominated the early play, they weren't able to put a shot on target for over an hour.
Ljungskile's first chance came when Martin Smedberg's shot from the six yard box was saved by Peter Abrahamson on a 35th minute corner.
Fagerberg beat Noble with a header early in the second half, but the play was whistled dead for offside.
In the 69th minute, Aleksandar Kitic set up Johann Patriksson for the game's most dangerous chance, but his header hit the post.
The match ended with Noble forced to make just two saves. Ljungskile wasn't much better, putting only four shots on target.
Ljungskile managed their second point in three matches, while Örgryte picked up their fifth point.
Ljungskile's next match is a home affair against Falkenberg.
Johann Smith was on the sideline, but not on the active roster as Kalmar snatched a draw with a goal at the death against GAIS. Smith has not played since a youth match April 8th and has been given just 13 minutes in two appearances with the senior squad.