JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya left due to injury as Örebro took care of business while Michael Thomas scored another goal and Nick Noble saved a penalty, but it still wasn't enough to get Ljungskile a win.
Åtvidaberg 0 – 2 Örebro
As a team pushing to be one of the tops in the league any matchup with the bottom-dwellers is a must win.
Midfielder Nordin Gerzic helped ensure that Örebro didn't disappoint.
In the ninth minute, forward Roni Porokara headed down a long ball to Gerzic, who made a brilliant half-volley that clanged in off the crossbar.
Åtvidaberg's best chances came off a corner in the 34th minute, when Porokara was forced to make a save with his head and Glenn Roberts nearly converted a rebound from the six yard box.
Gerzic passed to Paulinho Guara for a good chance just before the pause, but the forward's touch was just wide.
The same pair linked up in the 66th minute on a corner, where Guara was able to head to across the goal to the bottom corner.
Bedoya began to limp with pain in his heel and was replaced in the 82nd minute.
His day was characterized by some classy plays in build-up, covering lots of ground, but failing to convert on three to four decent chances.
Keeper John Alvbåge was injured in a stoppage time collision and was replaced.
Bedoya's replacement the Finnish U21 player Denis Abdulahi, missed an open goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
The win keeps Örebro in third place. They are four points behind their next opponent Malmö and five ahead of Elfsberg.
Ljungskile 1 – 1 Örgryte
Ljungskile continued to slide in the standings with a draw in another toughly contested match, although both Americans played key roles.
Ljungskile defender Josemar Da Silva tangled with Örgryte attacker Björn Anklev in the penalty box and although it could have been called a corner kick, a penalty was awarded.
Alvaro Santos took the penalty for the visitors in the 34th minute. Noble coolly waited out Santos and was able to reach a shot that was hard, but not too near the posts.
Three minutes later, Santos redeemed himself, when he was left unmarked in the penalty box on a corner kick and scored to equalize for the hosts.
Michael Thomas had a header of his own just before half-time. Aleksandar Kitic found the Kansas native in front of the goal for a header that was directed down and out of the reach of the keeper.
Despite putting 11 shots on target, compared to two for the visitors, Ljungskile couldn't break through for the win in the second half.
Ljungskile look to get back on track in on the seventh in Falkenberg.
Trelleborg climbed past Ryan Miller's Halmstad with 1 – 0 victory as the American sat on the bench.