RECAP: SYRIANSKA 3 - 1 ÄNGELHOLMS (AGG. 4-3)
JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 31, 2011
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholms FF went down to Syrianska FC in Sweden's promotion/relegation playoff this weekend, ending their dream's of playing in the Allsvenskan next season.
Pyzdrowski started and went the distance for Ängelholms, as he has all season.
Ängelholms won the first leg of the playoff by a 2-1 scoreline, but Syrianksa's 3-1 win put them ahead on aggregate and kept their spot in Sweden's top flight.
Abgar Barsom opened the scoring in the 54th minute for Syrianska, but Ängelholms' Martin Andersson was able to equalize just five minutes later.
Ängelholms looked like they were heading towards promotion, but Johan Arneng knocked one home for Syrianska in the 66th minute, taking the lead in the game and tying the aggregate score.
In the 82nd minute Ängelholms' Marcus Lindberg received a red card, putting his team into a tough situation for the remainder of the game.
Then, deep into stoppage time, Ängelholms' David Bennhage attempted a clearance off his own goal line, but accidentally sent the ball into his own net.
Seconds later the referee blew his whistle signifying the end of the game, and giving Syrianska the come from behind victory.
Aside from Lindberg's red card, Ängelholms' Björn Westerblad and Sebastian Andersson were booked. Syrianska's Ivan Ristic, Sharbel Touma, and Agbar Barsom all received yellow cards as well.
Ängelholms will now have to fight another Superettan season for another shot at promotion.
Syrianska keeps their precious place in Sweden's Allsvenskan.