JON VAN WAGENEN - Sunday, May 9, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya played another strong 90 for the third-ranked Örebro, while Ryan Miller was a part of a record-setting loss for Halmstad.
Örebro 1 – 0 Djurgården
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro used a high press to create plenty of chances and managed to get by Stockholm's Djurgården.
In the 29th minute, Kim Olsen missed a very easy chance when he found himself open in the penalty box on a counter attack.
Right forward, Astvald made a run and unselfishly passed to the 31 year-old Dane. But Olsen couldn't receive the pass cleanly, giving keeper Tomma Valho a chance to save his shot.
Bedoya helped keep up the pressure with 4 minutes to play in the half he found Paulinho Guara who headed over from close range.
In the same minute, Bedoya's pass in was played from Olsen to Guara, who's half-volley was just outside of the goal post.
Two minutes into the second half, Bedoya tried a shot from distance that was a couple yards wide.
A minute later Norden Gerzin chipped towards Olsen who was sneaking towards the back post. Right back Kebba Ceesay felt the pressure of Olsen on his back and tried to direct the ball over the cross bar but instead beat a scrambling Valho.
Djurgården was able to create a few chances in the last 15 minutes as Örebro seemed to get conservative and lose the will to control the game.
Bedoya picked up his fourth yellow card in the 94th minute for complaining about contact to the referee as he was dribbling the ball towards the corner flag.
The win takes Örebro to six points behind second place Malmö and three ahead of Mjällby.
The black and white will head to Göteborg to take on IFK, 2007's champions who are looking to get their season back on track.
Halmstad 1 -2 Häcken
Ryan Miller and Halmstad lost in a historic way at Örjans vall.
It took all of eight seconds for Häcken to get on the scoreboard. The goal broke the 1973 Allsvenskan record set by Bernt Karlsson when he scored a goal for Saab.
Mathias Ranégie headed a long ball down to Jonas Henriksson who fired in from just behind the penalty spot on a dead sprint.
Halmstad didn't wait long to settle the score. Johnny Lundberg scored at the 1:20 mark, that must be one of the quickest responses in league history.
Christian Järdler sent a free kick into a pack of players and Lundberg, a 6'3" central defender out-jumed the crowd and delivered a powerful header.
Henriksson wasn't done for the day. In the 14th minute, he scored the decisive goal.
Erik Friberg got the ball on the counter attack and sent in a ball over the shoulder of right back Miller.
Henriksson was completely free after the Halmstad central backs gave him enough room to park semi-truck in between them. Häcken's captain had enough time to spin around the ball and shoot past Robin Malmkvist's foot.
Miller was a 90 minute man, as Halmstad were able to put four shots on target.
Michael Thomas was left out of the lineup, replaced at central midfield by Michae Görlitz and Emir Kujovic, who each got 45 minutes.
Halmstad will attempt to defend their home turf more resolutely next week against Djurgården.
Johann Smith has been left out of the 18 for Kalmar's Monday match against Brommapojkarna.
Nick Noble put up his fourth consecutive shutout as Ljungskile played their third scoreless draw at Älgelholm Thursday.