BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Thursday, October 25, 2012
It was a rough day for Americans in the Europa League, with only Steve Cherundolo seeing action in a win at the expense of Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg.
Sparta Prague 3 - 1 Kiryat Shimona
Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shimona had a rough night in Prague, allowing the hosts to net three goals in the opening half to leave the Israelis empty handed on their return trip.
Gerzicich played 77 minutes in his customary holding midfield role, managing to pick up a yellow card in the 69th minute for a foul on Ladislav Krejci in an otherwise unremarkable performance.
Krejci was the one to open the scoring in the 7th minute. Although Daniel Amos managed to save Krejci's intial volley off of a Tomas Zapotocny cross, the winger followed the rebound and poked it home.
Vaclav Kadlec doubled the host's lead in the 10th minute with a furious shot across the net which landed in the left side of the net.
In the 44th minute, Ondrej Svejdk made it 3-0. Jiri Jarosik headed a corner across the goalie box for his fellow central defender who was free to nod the ball into the net.
Shimon Abuhaztera sent a beautiful chip over Tomas Vaclik in the 76th minute to give Kiryat Shimona a consolation goal as the game ended in a 31 defeat for the visitors.
Shimona get back to domestic action on Monday against Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Maribor 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey came on for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 75th minute to help Tottenham grab a point in a surprisingly difficult game in Slovenia.
The home team took the lead over their English opponents in the 42nd minute. Dejan Mezga got through the Tottenham defense before slipping a pass to Robert Beric who poked it past Hugo Lloris.
Sigurdsson rescued Spurs in the 58th minute. After a Jermain Defoe effort was cleared off the line, the Icelandic midfielder pounced on the rebound and was able to put it into the back of the net, knotting the score.
Dempsey came on for the goal scorer with 15 minutes left and injected some life into the Tottenham attack, forcing Jasmin Handanovic into a save in the 79th minute.
Brad Friedel was not named to the Tottenham bench in favor of Carlo Cudicini.
The Londoners travel back to England this weekend to face Southampton in Premier League action.
Rosenberg 1 - 2 Metalist Kharkiv
Mikkel Diskerud played the whole match for Rosenberg as they allowed Metalist to steal a win in the 89th minute.
Tarik Elyounoussi grabbed the first goal for Rosenberg just after halftime in the 46th minute. John Chibuike sent the striker through the Metalist defense with a clever pass and Elyounoussi sent a nice chip shot over Meltalist keeper Olexandr Goryainov.
Despite overwhelming pressure from the hosts, Metalist leveled the score in the 81st minute. Cristian Villagra passed to a wide open Marlos who simply redirected the ball into a gaping net to tie the game.
Diskerud received a yellow in the 89th minute for an unadvisable challenge on Taison, but the real damage was inflicted on the ensuing free kick. Cleiton Xavier stepped up to take the chance from 30 yards out and smashed it past Daniel Orlund in Rosenberg's net, allowing the Ukranian guests to walk away with all three points.
Rosenberg are next in action on Sunday against Josh Gatt and Molde.
Rapid Vienna 0 - 4 Bayer Leverkusen
Terrence Boyd played the second half of Rapid Wien's drubbing at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, while David Yelldell deputized from the German's bench.
A 37th minute Phillip Wolscheid header off of a Gozalo Castro corner opened up the scoring for the visitors.
Castro scored one of his own in the 56th minute after some nice combination play with Lars Bender. Shortly thereafter, Karim Bellarabi used a set up from Stefan Kiessling to make the score 3-0 in the 59th minute.
Boyd was active, taking three of his teams six total shots, including two of Rapid's three shots on net. It wouldn't matter however as Castro reinforced Leverkusen's dominance in the 90th minute, giving his team the 4-0 victory.
Boyd and Wien resume play in Austria against Salzburg on Sunday.
Helsingborg 1 - 2 Hannover 96
Americans went 90 minutes for each team as Steve Cherundolo and Hannover prevailed over Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg.
Mame Diouf gave the visiting Germans the edge in the 12th minute. Szabolc Huszti's corner found the head of the Senegalese striker who sent it crashing into the back of the net.
Cherundolo was his normal active self up the right sideline for Hannover, providing solid cover at the back while getting forward when opportunities presented themselves.
Bedoya was generally uninvolved up top for Helsingborg, registering one shot which went wide of the net.
Despite Bedoya's struggles, Helsingborg found a late equalizer through Alvaro Santos in the first minute of stoppage time, however Didier Ya Konan ensured the away team would walk away with a win two minutes later as he scored off of an Artur Sboiech set up in the third minute of stoppage time to give Hannover all three points.
Helsingborg hope for better fortune in this Sunday's contest against GAIS in Sweden while Hannover host Borussia Monchengladbach the same day in the Bundesliga.
Steaua Bucharest 2 - 0 Molde
Josh Gatt and his Molde teammates had a tough time in Romania as they lost to Steaua Bucharest. The speedy American played 69 minutes, unable to spark the Molde attack to life.
Chiriches took the lead for Steaua in fantastic fashion in the 30th minute. The Romanian defender used a bicycle kick to volley a blocked shot into the net from 12 yards away.
Just two minutes later Raul Rusescu deflected a long range Iasmin Latovlevici shot to give Steaua the 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute.
Molde hope to get back on track when they face Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenberg in Norway this weekend.