JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, July 11, 2010
A resounding Mjällby victory sent Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro crashing out of the Swedish Cup quarterfinals, while Nick Noble's Ljungskile also suffered a disappointing loss in the Superettan.
Mjällby 3 – 0 Örebro
An appealing quarterfinal matchup between the Allsvenskan's third and fourth place teams did not prove particularly competitive, as Mjällby advanced with a comfortable 3-0 win.
Alejandro Bedoya started in his customary midfield role for Örebro, but could do little to match Mjällby's influential Mostapha El Kabir. The young Dutch attacker created the first goal in only the ninth minute when he found midfielder Daniel Nicklasson open in the penalty box after some clever play on the left wing.
El Kabir then iced the game late in the second half with a goal of his own. After dribbling through a series of defenders, the Dutchman unleashed a dipping 25-yard drive that eluded Örebro's Simon Nurme in the keeper's first appearance since his recent transfer.
The rout was complete in the 92nd minute when Russian-born Peter Gitselov converted an easy finish, once again set up by El Kabir.
With dreams of Cup glory gone, Bedoya and his teammates will be free to concentrate solely on the Allsvenskan. Having entered the summer break in third place, Örebro will look to at least maintain their league position to ensure entry into the Europa League qualifying stages next season.
Örebro will next be in action on Sunday when they visit fifth-place Elfsborg.
Ljungskile 1 - 2 Östers
Ljungskile's recent string of impressive results ended on Saturday, as they fell to relegation threatened Östers.
Former West Virginia University goalie Nick Noble manned the nets, but could not stop Östers from taking a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Freddy Borg opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, and Rwandan international Olivier Karekezi doubled Ljungskile's deficit in the 39th.
Substitute Robin Iglicár pulled one back for Ljungskile in the 66th minute, but the comeback was not to be.
Having entered the game in fourth place, Ljungskile were hoping to continue their march towards promotion by breaking into the top three. The loss seriously threatens their position in the standings, though, as the five teams below them are all within three points of each other.
Ljungskile will next take the field on in two weeks against Syrianska, with whom they entered the weekend level on points.
Ljungskile's other American, former Notre Dame midfielder Michael Thomas, did not feature in what would have been his first appearance after signing from Halmstads earlier this summer.