BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, June 5, 2012
It was a lackluster weekend for Americans in Sweden, with everyone failing to pick up a win while Brian Edwards received an early red card.
Angelholm FF 1 - 1 Hammarby IF
Billy Schuler and Baggio Husidic both started for Hammarby while Matt Pyzdrowski started in net for Angelholm.
Robin Simovic put Angelholms up in the 40th minute off of a set piece. Robin Staaf played in a left footed cross from ten meters out of the penalty box. Simovic was able to get the slightest touch on the ball with his head to throw off Johannes Hopf just enough in Hammarbys net, as the ball bounced off the ground and directly over Hopf's gloves.
Hammarby were able to equalize in the 67th minute through Andreas Dahl. The Hammarby captain stepped up to take a free kick from meters out. Dahl blasted a low shot which ended up skipping past a fooled Pyzdrowski into the lower left corner of the net.
Billy Schuler made way for Sinan Ayranci in the 68th minute.
Overall, the game was a lack luster affair, unbefitting of two of the Superettans top sides. Although Hammarby still sit second in the Superettan standings, the tie puts their winless streak at four while Angelholms missed a chance to jump from fifth to second in the standings.
Both sides hope to get back to their winning ways next weekend when Angelholms visit Brommapojkarna while Hammarby travel to face Degerfors.
Falkengerg FF 4 - 1 Degerfors IF
It was a short day in net for Brian Edwards as he was shown a straight red card in the eighth minute and his Degerfors side went on to get crushed by Falkenberg.
Christoper Carlsson sprung Victor Skold loose into the Degerfors box in the eighth minute. Edwards responded with a clattering tackle on the Falkenberg midfielder which earned a justified red card.
Degerfors in turn took off midfielder Erik Nilsson to make way for back up goalkeeper Jonas Bohlin. Zlatan Krizanovic drilled the corresponding penalty into the crossbar and Degerfors averted more danger by making a timely clearance.
Despite being down a man so early, Degerfors put in an inspired effort which kept the game even until the 63rd minute. Johan Svahn was able to provide the breakthrough for Falkenberg however. Svahn blasted a spectacular right footed shot past Bohlin.
Stefan Rodevag extended the lead in the 69th minute. After winning a 50-50 ball on the outside of the box, Rodavag turned and curled a beautiful finish just inside the far post to make it 2-0.
Degerfors fought back in the 81st minute through a Kwame Karikari header. Unmarked in the middle of the box, the Ghanaian striker was able to nod the ball home to cut the lead in half.
Falkenberg were able to grab two insurance goals in the games final nine minutes to allay any concerns of allowing a fantastic Degerfors comeback. Svahn added his second goal from a similar strike to his first goal, firing the ball into the net from distance, in the 84th minute. Tobias Carlsson cemented the result in the 89th minute, heading the ball in off a corner to give the game it's final score line of 4-1.
Degerfors host Hammarby next weekend while Falkenberg travel to Ljungskile.
Landskrona BoIS 2 - 1 Ljungskile SK
Patrick Hopkins started and played the full 90 for Ljunsgkile as they fell to Landskrona. Steffen Vroom had to miss the game for Ljungskile due to an injury picked up last week.
It was the visitors who found themselves dominating the match early on. Andreas Ljunggren-Eriksson justifiably put Ljungskile on top in the 36th minute. Kenny Pavey played a long diagonal ball into the box for Eriksson who was able to slot past the Keeper from close range to make the score 1-0.
It only took a minute for the hosts to equalize. Fredrik Karlsson received the ball in the box and lofted a ball which may have either been an attempt at the far post or a low cross. It proved to be the latter as Fredrik Olsson struck the ball and the change in direction was enough to get the ball past the Keeper to make the score 1-1 in the 37th minute.
The game turned around in the hosts favor in the second half, Landskrona dominated possession and created more opportunities, but didn't take the lead until stoppage time.
Philip Andersson proved the hero for Landskrona. The young defender rose up to a corner unmarked and headed the ball home to save the day for Landskrona in the 94th minute for his first goal for the club.
Landskrona face Trelleborg on Thursday while Ljungskile host Flakenberg next weekend.