JON VAN WAGENEN - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro went down in defeat to Johann Smith's Kalmar while Ryan Miller and Halmstads scratched out a win over Gefle.
Kalmar 4 – 1 Örebro
Bedoya picked up his third point in four matches with an assist on Wednesday, but his personal success will be offset by Örebro's letdown making for a bittersweet 23rd birthday on Thursday.
Örebro had their three game winning streak snapped by Kalmar, a club that had played their way to the bottom of the standings.
Daniel Mendes opened the scoring after a half hour when Örebro goalkeeper John Alvbåge misjudged a cross from Emin Nouri.
Alvbåge tried to deflect the low ball, but when it got by him, Mendes was able to make one touch and place the ball in the net from close range.
Bedoya picked up his third yellow card of the season for getting tangled up with Erik Isrealsson. He will miss the next match.
The match was evened up a minute before the first half ended when Kim Olsen found Bedoya totally unguarded in the center of Kalmar's half.
Bedoya turned and saw three forwards in front of him. He picked out Markus Astvald with a long pass that threaded the right side of Kalmar's back line and left the 19 year old free to fire into the top left corner.
Paulinho Guara replaced Roni Porokara in the 54th minute as Sixten Boström looked to give Sunday's goal scorer his longest appearance of the season.
However three minutes later, Ricardo Santos ran behind Örebro back Samuel Wowoah and took a pass from Tobias Eriksson running straight at the goal.
Alvbåge got a hand on the shot but could not stop Santos from scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Santos waited just seven minutes to score number five and add to Alvbåge's misery. Daryl Smylie sent in a diagonal lob for Santos that Alvbåge intercepted.
However the striker was alert and knocked the ball away from the goalkeeper's hand and passed the ball in from a sharp angle.
Kalmar capped off the display in the 77th minute when Michael Almebäck took down Mendes just inside the penalty area.
Captain Henrik Rydström took the penalty off the right goalpost. Alvbåge guessed the right direction but couldn't get a finger on the ball.
Johann Smith was on the bench for Kalmar, but coach Nanne Bergstrand chose to send in Abiola Dauda and Marcel Sacramento instead of the American.
Kalmar come to Gefle on Sunday while Örebro try to regroup at home against Häcken.
Bedoya will be sorry to be suspended as Häcken was the team he scored two goals against in a match last season.
Halmstad 1 - 0 Gefle
Ryan Miller and the Halmstad boys got a vital home win as they kicked a slumping Gävle to four straight losses.
Right back Miller once again started and went the full 90 minutes, this time getting a crucial touch in the attacking zone.
The home team got on the scoreboard with a header by sriker Anselmo in the 24th minute.
Miller took a throw in from Micheal Rosen on the right flank and took the ball at two Gefle defenders. Rosen was freed up and found enough space to pick out the Brazilian at the back post.
Despite playing from behind, Gefle could not control the ball or create chances. Halmstad had 62 percent of possession and put 12 shots on target compared to two for Gefle.
The win moves Halmstad even on points with fourth place Mjällby. Gefle, currently 10th, either feel proud or threatened by sitting above IFK Göteborg, Djurgården, Kalmar and AIK, four of Sweden's big names.
Micheal Thomas was an unused substitue.
Halmstad travels to Bromma on Sunday.