CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro salvaged a draw at home versus Brommapojkarna while Ljunskile's American duo of Michael Thomas and Nick Noble ended their season on a losing note.
Örebro 1 – 1 IF Brommapojkarna
Örebro came from behind and salvaged a point in an embarrasing result against the league's worst club.
Alejandro Bedoya went the full ninety as a starter and saw a few chances toward the end of the game get snuffed out.
The hosts nearly found the early lead within the opening minutes after a Nordin Gerzic freekick from the right side was nodded on by Roni Porokara just inches from the right post.
However, the visitors were the first to leap out into the early lead in seventh thanks to a lucky strike from Joakim Runnemo.
After controlling a cross-field delivery from Pablo Piñones Arce, Runnemo stepped up against defender Patrik Anttonen, and whipped in a pass for Olaf Guterstam, which sailed inches over the striker's head and skipped past the befuddled keeper John Alvbåge for the lead.
Determined not to falter against a relegation-bound club, Örebro fought back and nearly earned a penalty later in the half when Porokara was brought down in the area by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
In spite of a little contact, referee Jonas Erikkson whistled to play on.
The Stockholmers finally got the equalizer they were looking for after Bromma shot themselves in the foot and conceded a penalty.
With the ball pinging around in the box, 25th minute sub Astrit Ajdarevic attempted a bicycle kick that defender Mauricio Albornoz instinctively blocked with his hands, promting Erikkson to point to the spot.
Ajdarevic stepped up and slotted to the right of Nordfeldt with ease for the equalizing goal.
The visitors made things worse for themselves in the 75th minute when Bromma captain Pontus Segerström saw his second yellow for bowling over Eric Magloire Bassombeng.
Bedoya nearly got on the scoreboard ten minutes later heading a Markus Astvald corner inches over the bar.
With the result, Örebro look to finalize their position in Europe next season as they host IFK Göteborg on Monday.
Degerfors IF 5 – 3 Ljungskile
Ljungskile finished out their season equalizing three times but watching Degerfors finish with the last laugh in Stora Valla Stadium.
Michel Thomas and Nick Noble each recorded ninety minutes of action in the defensive line and between the posts, respectively.
The scoring fest didn't begin until the 34th minute when Degerfors' Christophe Lallet was able to get a left-footer past Noble thanks to a deflection off a defender.
Ljungskile captain Martin Smedberg-Dalence immediately countered two minutes later after scooping up a nice parry from keeper Sebastian Karlsson in front of the net for the equalizer.
Peter Samuelsson fired the hosts back into the lead only two minutes into the second half after Sebastian Henriksson found him open in the box for an easy left-footed shot past Noble.
However, Ljungskile's Johan Patriksson only needed three miutes to tie it up again when Smedberg-Dalence found him for an unguarded header in front of Karlsson's goal.
Christoffer Wiktorsson made the score 3-2 in the 54th minute with a blast into the upper left corner of Noble's net.
Smedberg-Dalence once again found Patriksson open at the 72 minute mark to level things at three.
Yet, Samuelsson and Lallet each scored their second of the affair in the 74th and 90th minutes to secure victory for the hosts.
Ljungskile close out the season in sixth with 44 points and look forward to another year in the Superettan beginning in April.
Ryan Miller watched from the bench as his Halmstad teammates fell to AIK 1-2, still leaving the door to relegation open.