JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, August 23, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya's Örebro snatched an Allsvenskan victory at the last moment while Nick Noble and sub Michael Thomas took care of business more comfortably for Ljungskile in Superettan action.
Örebro 1 – 0 AIK
Bedoya created a few good chances in a relatively defensive game, but Nordin Gerzic saved the day for Örebro.
In the tenth minute, Bedoya made good contact on a header and forced Ivan Turina to make a save.
Two minutes later, AIK had perhaps their best chance of the game when Bangura out-jumped the defense and left back Samuel Wowoah made a goal-line save.
Forward Roni Porokara fed Bedoya just before half time and was able to fool defender Nils Eric Johansson and force Turina into action again.
The second half saw a few more Örebro chances go to waste before substitute Astrit Ajdarevic was taken down with a hand to the face just outside the penalty area.
Gerzic used his right foot to send the free kick over the wall and in past the near post.
The home fans went home happy, as Örebro regained third place.
AIK are just a point above Halmstad, but their Scottish coach says he won't be deserting. Alex Milner denied rumors that he has been offered the reigns of the national team.
The Black and White will have to get over the adreniline rush, as they face Helsingborg on short rest Saturday.
Halmstad 0 – 2 Malmö
Despite a strong start, Halmstad couldn't hang on as Malmö climbed to first place.
Although Malmö dominated possession, Halmstad did a good job of controlling the tempo and created the most dangerous chances in the early stages of a rainy game.
On a Marcus Olsson corner in the 11th minute, American Ryan Miller, who went the distance, was open on the opposite side of the goal but his one touch effort clanged off the post.
In the 23rd minute, Joe Sise had a close range header deflected and after a frantic struggle at the goalline Jonas Saevarson scored a goal that was disallowed due to offside.
It was seven minutes later that Malmö was finally able to threaten when Jimmy Durmaz took advantage of slipping defenders to charge into the box and delivered a cross to Agon Memhiti who put in the game's second offside goal.
Three minutes before half-time Mehmeti scored an undeniable goal receiving a pass from Guillermo Mollins on the left side of the box and finding enough space to shoot around stopper Johnny Ljungberg.
Jimmy Durmaz received a yellow card for a first half stoppage time collision that forced 20-year old Karl-Johan Johnsson out of the game.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Mehmeti struck again in the quick one-touch style that is typical of Malmö.
Daniel Larsson controlled a long pass with one touch at the top of the box and Mehmeti stuck a right-footed effort that left sub goalkeeper Robin Malmkvist hopeless.
Halmstad, still in the relegation playoff spot, will try to get back on track against Kalmar in a home match on Sunday.
Ljungskile 4 – 2 Trollhättan
After eight straight matches without a win, a home match against a bottom team was Ljungskile's chance to get things back on track.
After 30 minutes of back and forth soccer the hosts jumped out to the lead when Erik Nillson's corner found Gabriel Altemark-Vanneryr at the edge of the six-yard box for his eighth goal of the season.
Just two minutes after half-time Alemark-Vanneryr scored again, this time assisted by Genalvo da Silva Oliveira.
Fifteen minutes later Tom Pettersson reduced the difference from outside the top of the circle after a long throw-in.
American Michael Thomas made his appearance in the 71st minute with the outcome still in doubt but two minutes later a penalty kick was awarded to Arash Bayat who made the score 3-1.
The match got a bit wild, as Pettersson picked up a yellow card on the penalty kick, then Noble and Johann Patriksson were warned for Ljungskile and in the 87th minute keeper Tom Wennergren from Trollhättan was warned for a rough challenge of Alemark-Vanneryr.
The resulting penalty was taken by Bayat and Wennergren guessed the wrong direction, to give the hosts a three goal lead.
Noble and Ljungskile stumbled across the finish line after allowing a long shot from Agon Beqiri in at the death.