CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, September 12, 2010
Over the weekend in Sweden, Americans Nick Noble and Michael Thomas were victorious for Ljungskile but Alejandro Bedoya and Ryan Millar each saw their clubs suffer tough losses.
BK Häcken 2 – Halmstads BK 0
BK Häcken complicated Halmstad's Allsvenskan ambitions for next season, dispatching them with two goals in Friday night action from Gothenburg's Rambergsvallen stadium.
The only good news for American Ryan Miller was seeing a full 90 in the backline.
Midfielder Josef Karlsson broke open the deadlock just past the half hour mark with a fine drive through the middle after collecting a Dominic Chatto feed from the right flank. The Swede strode through traffic in the midfield, entered the box and slammed home past Halmstad's Robin Malmkvist for the 33rd minute lead.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's René M. Makondele doubled the advantage seven minutes later with a fine one-two with Chatto. From the left side Makondele fed the Nigerian at the corner of the box, and caught up with Chatto's backheel flick at the top of the box to curl a strike just inside the back post of Malmkvist's net.
Currently in 12th with 24 points, Halmstad find out after Monday night's action if they will drop to the doorstep of relegation. Their next stop will be in Gothenburg on Sep. 22 with a clash against GAIS.
Djurgården 2 – Örebro 1
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro coughed up a pair of late goals and thus the early lead to see Elfsborg inch closer to their third place in the standings.
The New Jersey native went a full ninety at the right midfield position and managed a shot on goal.
Örebro keeper John Alvbåge kept the hosts at bay in the 13th minute with a fine diving save at the left post deflecting a powerful Daniel Sjölund strike from the corner of the area.
Magnus Wikström opened the scoring for the visitors in Stockholm Stadium with goal in the 35th minute, scooping up a deflected strike from Paulinho Guará and tapping past Pa Dembo Touray from 6 yards out for the surprise lead.
The game was not without some controversy in the 78th minute when Bedoya clearly brought down Djurgården's Sharbei Touma with a high challenge just inside the penalty area, prompting referee Jonas Eriksson to point outside the box.
Touma shook off the incorrect call, placing the ball for the free kick and blasting it past Alvbåge for the equalizer.
Finnish defender Joona Toivio added a winner for the Blue Stripes just three minutes later with a header off another Touma freekick. The Lebanon-born Swede delivered in from the left side of the box, finding the Finn at the 6-yard box to nod home for the win.
Örebro maintain their hold on third place with 38 points, but only one point ahead of weekend-winners IF Elfsborg. Bedoya and Co. Return to Örebro to host Gefle IF FF on Sep 22nd.
Ljungskile SK 2 – Assyriska FF 0
Both Nick Noble and Michel Thomas resumed their spots in the starting eleven and went the distance, as Ljungskile upset holders of the fifth spot in the Superettan.
Johan Patriksson provided his fourth tally of the season and the opener in the 20th minute off an assist from Gabriel Altemark-Vanneryr.
Altemark-Vanneyr did the scoring for himself in the 29th minute with a strike just below the crossbar for his tenth of the season
Ljungskile sit for the moment in 9th and await IK Brage's performance this Monday night, before facing them next Monday.