RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya is the lone American in the Swedish Cup quarterfinals after Örebro edged out a win over GAIS while Brian Edwards and Degerfors pushed their way up the Superettan standings.
Örebro SK 1 - 0 GAIS
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro SK continued their recent stretch of fine play, edging out a win over GAIS on Sunday at the Behrn Arena in Örebro.
Bedoya went the full ninety for Örebro who advance to the quarterfinals of the Swedish Cup with Sunday's win where they will face Åtvidaberg of the Superettan.
Both defenses were stringent for most of the first half giving up few scoring opportunities.
However it was Örebro and Alejandro Beodya that capitalized on one of the game's few scoring opportunities ten minutes into the second half.
Örebro's Kushtrim Lushtaku found Bedoya streaking down the right flank with a heavily weighted ball, Bedoya's first touch was impeccable as he controlled the ball in stride carrying him past GAIS left back Kenneth Gustavsson and into the box where he fired a decent effort towards the upper corner which GAIS keeper Dime Jankulovski was able to parry away.
Bedoya was then quick to react to the rebound and was able to force a deflection that bounced to Örebro winger Marcus Astvald who calmly hit a one time volley into the back of the net for what would prove to be the match winner in the 54th minute.
Things seemed to pick up with five minutes remaining in regulation when play suddenly started opening up quite a bit.
GAIS defender Richard Ekunde was sent off with a straight red in the 85th minute after fouling Bedoya to prevent a clear goal scoring opportunity after the American had slipped past the GAIS back line.
The drama wasn't over yet as GAIS were awarded a penalty kick with just minutes to go when midfielder Jesper Floren was brought down inside the Örebro penalty area.
Gustavsson stepped up to take the penalty for GAIS but the attempt was stopped by goalkeeper John Alvbage to preserve the 1-0 lead.
Bedoya along with Nordin Gerzic and Michael Almeback received yellows for Örebro while Callum Angus and Rueben Ayarna were cautioned for GAIS in addition to Ekunde's straight red.
The win is Örebro's third straight in all competitions as the club returns to Allsvenskan league play next Monday when they host Trelleborg FF.
IFK Göteborg 1 - 0 Djurgården IF
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgården IF were eliminated from the Swedish Cup loosing out to IFK Göteborg on the road.
Agbossoumonde went the full ninety for Djurgården who started strong taking the match to home side Göteborg.
Fowards Kennedy Igboananike and Christer Youssef both had excellent scoring chances early but Youssef missed wide and Igboananike saw his effort stopped by Göteborg goalkeeper Marcus Sandberg.
Djurgården played well for most of the match and often looked superior to the home side. However as the match drew to a close Göteborg took the initiative and began to look like the stronger team.
In the 88th minute Göteborg capitalized and established a 1-0 lead when Joe Allansson delivered a cross from wide to Andrew Drugge who was able to beat Agbossoumonde in the air and deliver a clinical header past goalkeeper Pa Dembo Touray to the far post.
The loss marks the third straight for Djurgården in all competitions. Eliminated from the Swedish Cup, the club will now be able to devote all attention to the Allsvenskan and avoiding relegation as the club currently sits in 15th place in the standings.
Djurgården will face Göteborg on the road again when they return to league play next Monday.
Ängelholm 2 - 1 Assyriska
Matt Pyzdrowski went the distance in Ängelholm's come from behind victory over Assyriska.
Ängelholm dominated possession but it was Assyriska who took the lead in the 58th minute on a free kick by Haris Laitinen. The 26-year-old midfielder curled the ball around the Ängelholm wall into the lower right corner to give his team a 1-0 lead with just over a half hour to play.
However Ängelholm responded by exploding to score twice in two minutes starting with Antonio Rojas in the 77th minute when the Paraguayan slotted one past Assyriska goalkeeper Oscar Berglund to equalize.
Less than a minute later Sebastian Andersson hit a match winner from just outside the right edge of the penalty area where his strike deflected off a Assyriska defender and into the far corner beating Berglund for a second time.
Ängelholm rise to second place in the Superettan standings with the win. The club will travel to take on 15th place Landskrona next Monday.
Hammarby 1 - 2 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards led Degerfors IF to a win on the road over Hammarby in Stockholm on Friday.
Edwards went the distance, also receiving a yellow card in the 82nd minute. The young goalkeeper was strong all match long but depended heavily on his teammates to get through an early onslaught of Hammarby pressure.
Degerfor defender Peter Samuelsson and forward Martin Broberg both did well, contributing controversial goal line clearances within the first ten minutes of the match.
It was actually Degerfors who opened up the scoring in the 16th minute when Christophe Lallet slid to hit a one time volley past Hammarby keeper Johanes Hopf on a ball played over the top into the box.
In the 40th minute Samuelsson found himself contributing a goal opposed to saving one when he was first to react to a loose ball in the box following an in-swinging cross off the left foot of Marcus De Bruin.
Hammarby pulled one back in the 59th minute when Sinan Ayranci found himself all alone with space in the box and scored a beautiful bicycle kick beating Edwards to his left.
The win propels Degerfors up to third place in the Superettan standings. A position they will try to improve upon next Sunday when they host Västerås SK.
Ryan Miller did not make the bench for Halmstads BK who were eliminated from the Swedish Cup after losing at home 0-3 to Malmö FF on Sunday.
Michael Thomas went the distance in Ljungskile's 2-2 draw on the road against Åtvidaberg FF this past Thursday.