JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, August 30, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya's Örebro hit a high point by out-classing the league leaders while Ryan Miller's Halmstad got a much needed win over Kalmar.
Örebro 3 – 0 Helsingborg
Head coach Sixten Boström must be feeling a lot of pride after Örebro won by playing the kind of aggressive attacking soccer he has be trying to instill since he took over the club in 2008 after watching his squad dismantle Helsingborg.
The scoring started in the fifth minute when Pär Hansson was unable to hold onto a corner and defender Magnus Wikström fired in the rebound from the six yard box.
Bedoya made a nice run 12 minutes later, took down a pass with his head and took a long shot that Hansson was able to stop.
In quick succession, a Bedoya pass into the box set up Roni Porokara for his second disallowed goal in the first 20 minutes, this one correctly judged offside.
In the 35th minute, Örebro deservedly doubled their lead when Magnus Kihlberg finished from the middle of the box after forward Roni Porokara turned his defender and rolled in a pass.
Helsingborg coach Conny Carlson subbed off both his wing players at the break but the visitors were unable to stop the onslaught.
After a nice combination with forward Paulino Guara, Bedoya tried a convincing effort from distance that was stopped by a diving save from Hansson in the 73rd minute.
Five minues later, Nordin Gerzic had room to operate running toward the box and he threaded a pass to forward Markus Astvald, who beat a helpless Hansson from close range.
The stats confirmed the Örebro domination: 63% possession, and more than double their opponent's totals of shots and shots on goal.
For the first time since week one, Helsingborg is not the league leader. Malmö's seventh straight victory put them in the driver's seat.
While the big win will have Örebro fans thinking about the top of the standings, the reality is that they trail Helsingborg by eight points and Malmö by ten with nine matches left to play.
Next week, the two top teams will play the league's two worst, while Örebro should have a tougher match in Stockholm against sixth place Djurgåden.
Halmstad 2 - 1 Kalmar
Halmstad switched formations after falling into the playoff relegation zone and it paid off with a win over Kalmar.
Shifting one of their midfielders up to play 4-4-2 allowed Marcus Olsson to demonstrate a knack for scoring goals.
Forward Anselmo's header over the bar was the first decent chance of the game after 27 minutes played.
Six minutes later Robin Malmkvist made two saves in rapid succession, deflecting Ricardo Santos and Stefan Ålander's attempts.
Three minutes later, Anselmo capitalized on a poor touch by Kalmar's midfield and sent Olsson streaking from nearly midfield. A cunning touch at the last minute allowed Olsson to beat charging keeper Petter Wastå.
After five minutes of the second half, Olsson struck again when a Mikeal Rosen long ball bounced near the top of the box with the forward this time delivering a chilly one-touch lob to beat Wastå.
The lead was reduced in the 83rd minute when substitute Daniel Mendes was able to run at goal. With both central backs falling down, left back Miller tried to cover.
Faced with trying to stop three Kalmar attackers, he could not close down Mendes before he beat Malmkvist to the near post.
The win clears Halmstad from the bottom three, as they passed the Stockholm clubs AIK and Brommapojkarna.
Halmstad will try to build on the win with trip to Häcken next.
Norrköping 2 -1 Ljungskile
Miller's former teammates at Ljungskile could not stop Norrköping's run through Sweden's second division.
In the 32nd minute, American Michael Thomas gave the visitors the lead as he took a low cross from Erik Nilsson and spun to finish from just outside the six yard box.
The goal is the third in nine matches for the 22-year old who joined Ljungskile after not getting much playing time with Halmstad.
Unfortunately for Ljungskile, Imad Khalili would come on as a sub just eight minutes later.
In the 58th minute, Khalili received a chip pass and was able to lob American keeper Nick Noble.
Eight minutes before full time, Khalili got an perfect cross from the league assist leader Daniel Bamberg and headed home the winner.
The loss leaves Ljungskile with an increasingly smaller cushion from the relegation playoffs and eight points out of an advancement place with just six games left to play.
They will have two weeks to prepare for their home matchup with fourth place Assyriska on the 12th of September.