RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
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BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It was a rough weekend for Hammarby while Brian Edwards and Degerfors look to be turning the corner as they drawl out of the Supperetan cellar.

Hammarby IF 0 - 2 Assyriska FF

Gregg Berhalter lost for the first time as a manager on Friday.

Fuad Hyseni opened the scoring for the visitors in the 23rd minute. Nahir Besara ran at the Hammarby backline on a counter attack and slipped the ball past the last defender to an on rushing Hyseni who struck the ball off his left foot across the goal from ten meters out.

Sotirios Papagiannopoulos extended Assyriskas lead in the 38th minute. Assyriska struck a left footed, in-swinging corner to the far post where an unmarked Papagiannopoulos played a nice right footed volley over the head of Johannes Hopf in the Hammarby net.

Hammarby put the pressure on in the second half, but Assyriska was able to sit back and absorb all of it.

Both Hammarby and Assyriska were in action on Monday. Hammarby took on Landskrona while Assyriska faced Degerfors.

IFK Varnamo 2 - 2 Ljungskile SK

Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom both started and played the full 90 minutes for Ljungskile when they traveled to take on Superettan bottom feeders IFK Varnamo.

Varnamo were first to score in the 44th minute, as captain Tobias Englund sliced in from the left side of the box and fired past Markus Sandberg in Ljungskiles net. After play had resumed Steffen Vroom picked up a yellow card shortly before the whistle for halftime.

In the 60th minute it was Englund again, this time to make it 2-0. Englund once again cut through the defense from the left and fired past Sandberg from close range, almost identical to his first strike.

However only four minutes later Andreas Ljunggren-Eriksson started the comeback for Ljungskile. The midfielder hopped on an opportunity when Varnamo failed to make a clearance to put the score to 2-1.

Tobias Mikaelsson equalized in the 80th minute. Ljungskile had been increasingly heaping on the pressure which ultimately surmounted in the strikers goal to tie the match, and snatch Varnamos first win of the season out of their grasp.

Ljungskile host Assyriska next weekend while Varnamo travel to face Trelleborg.

Umea FC 0 - Halmstad BK 4

Ryan Miller started and went the full 90 minutes for Halmstad in their one sided victory over Umea this weekend.

Mikael Boman opened the scoring for Halmstad in the 12th minute off a Johan Blomberg cross. Blomberg in particular proved to be a hassle for the Umea backline, providing his typically superb service.

Gudjon Baldvinsson extended the lead in the 37th minute. Blomberg once again played a threatening ball into the box which Kristinn Steindorson left for his Icelandic teammate Gudjon Baldvinsson who finished comfortably in the middle of the box for his fifth goal of the season.

Richard Magyar headed home a corner in the 76th minute. In the 87th minute, 21 year-old Marcus Antonsson scored his first goal in his young senior team career off of a rebound to round out the scoring for the afternoon.

Umea next host Angelholm while Halmstad host Brommapojkarna in a match up of traditional Swedish powers.

Assyriska FF 0 - 0 Degerfors IF

Brian Edwards and Degerfors continued their good form of recent, picking up points from their third game out of four after losing their first four matches.

Edwards specifically deserves praise as he made six saves to keep his team in the game while his teammates only forced Assyriska Keeper Robin Malmkvist into making one save.

Edwards also managed to pick up a yellow card in the ninth minute for a challenge on an on rushing attacker, but as opposed to opting for the penalty kick, Nahir Besara played the advantage and smashed the ball against the post.

Assyriska face Ljungskile away next weekend while Degerfors host Landskrona.

Angelholm FF 1 - 3 Falkenberg FF

It was a rough day for Matt Pyzdrowski in Angelholms net as they fell to Falkenberg.

Victor Skold demonstrated some nice hold up play just outside of the Angelholm penalty box before playing the ball off to Marcus Oversjo. Oversjo hammered the ball home from 25 meters in the ninth minute to give Falkenberg the lead.

Robin Simovic equalized in the 25th minute. Daniel Johansson floated a cross into the area to an unmarked Simovic who comfortably headed the ball into the net.

Falkenberg took a hold of the match again in the second half. In the 73rd minute, Adam Eriksson played in a corner which Victor Skold was able to head home. Skolds replacement, Zlatan Krizanovic ended all speculation in the 87th minute by adding a goal for himself. Stefan Rodevag played a pass to Krizanovic who finsihed nicely just inside the top of the Angelholm penalty box.

To put salt in the wound, Angelholm captain Jacob Augustsson picked up his second yellow card in the 93rd minute, and will miss their next game when they take on Umea away. Falkenberg next travel to face Hammarby.

Landskrona BoIS 4 - 1 Hammarby IF

Baggio Husidic started and played the whole match for Hammarby as lost their second game in a row on Monday, falling to Landskrona.

Henrik Larssons side opened up the scoring in the ninth minute when Thomas Raun fired a shot from 25 meters out which ended up deflecting off a Hammarby player and into the left side of Hammarbys net as Hammarby Keeper Johannes Hopf was already diving to the right.

Andreas Dahl drew Hammarby level in the 12th minute however. Dahl approached the right side of the Landskrona box and fired a thunderous shot from 20 meters out which ended up in the top left corner.

Landskrona took the 2-1 lead in the 28th minute when a Fredrik Olsson shot was bloked by off but the deflection fell to an unmarked Fredrik Karlsson who just had to tap in from short range.

Olsson proceeded to put the game out of Hammarbys reach. First, in the 65th minute Olsson was in a 1 on 1 battle for a long ball with Eric Figueroa. Figueroa attempted a weak back pass to Hopf and Olsson was free to slot past the Hammarby Keeper with his right foot from eight meters out. In the 85th minute, Olsson broke through the Hammarby back line and sent a right footed finish into the bottom right corner from ten meters out off of Hopf's fingertips.

Landskrona look to continue their fine form when they head to Degerfors next weekend while Hammarby will look to get back on track when they host Falkenberg.

Notes: Cobi Span made his debut for Djurgarden, coming on in the 65th minute of their 1-1 draw with Hacken. Span impressed, proving to be a lively attacking option...
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