RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
TAHARKA TAYLOR - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro lost their fourth consecutive match over the weekend falling to Elfsborg on the road while both Ryan Miller of Halmstad BK and Djurgården's Gale Agbossoumonde suffered embarrassing defeats on Monday.
Elfsborg 3 - 0 Örebro

Alejandro Bedoya went 88 minutes in center midfield for Örebro before being sent off with a second yellow in Örebro's road loss to a searing hot Elfsborg side on Sunday.

The match up marked the two clubs second meeting in eight days and coincidentally featured the same score line.

Elfsborg scored in the 25th minute with a combination of a luck and a fine individual effort from midfielder Stefan Ishizaki.

Ishizaki collected the ball on the right wing and proceeded to beat a couple of Örebro defenders dashing into the penalty box towards the touchline. The Swedish playmaker attempted to find Niklas Hult but his cross was deflected into the back of the net by Örebro defender Patrik Haginge resulting in an own goal.

Örebro worked hard on the night managing to hold off one of the Allsvenskan's hottest teams for much of the contest while also creating decent attacking chances in the opponents final third.

Bedoya came closest to capitalizing for Örebro in the second half when the American smashed a ball off the crossbar on a full volley from just outside the box.

However Elfsborg ultimately sealed the deal in the 83rd minute following an awfully familiar and impressive piece of wing play.

Ishizaki elected to go short on a Elfsborg corner, Ishizaki received the return ball and then knifed his way past two Örebro defenders once again finding sanctuary along the Örebro touchline before laying the ball off for Amadou Jawo.
Jawo's shot was blocked on the goal line by Örebro defender Tommy Wirtanen but the rebound landed perfectly for Oscar Hiljemark who simply extended his foot and tapped the ball into the back of the net.

Bedoya's night came to a premature end when he was booked and given a second yellow for descent in the 88th minute after a verbal response that head referee Jonas Eriksson deemed unacceptable.

In the 90th minute Elfsborg put the finishing touch on a satisfying home win when Anders Svensson pounced on a careless Örebro give away and immediately attacked goal, beating a defender before calmly slotting home Elfsborg third goal of the match.

The loss marks Örebro's fourth straight as the club has fallen to 10th place in the standings. The club takes a brief break from Allsvenskan action midweek when it enters the 2nd round of UEFA Europa League Qualifying on Thursday as they host Sarajevo of the Bosnian Premier League.

AIK 4 - 0 Halmstad BK

Ryan Miller went the distance on Monday night as Halmstad BK continued on its journey towards relegation from the top division of Swedish soccer losing to AIK on the road.

AIK did not wait long to attack a suspect Halmstad defense. Ibrahim Bangura scored his first of four goals on the evening in the 13th minute when he linked up with fellow Sierra Leone international Mohamed Bangura.

Mohamed Bangura intercepted a lazy back pass around the halfway line and used his world class speed to beat Halmstad left back Mikael Rosén down the flank where he then sent in a slicing cross that found Ibrahim Bangura who did well to direct the ball into the back of the net despite being tightly marked.

Two minutes later the Bangura strike partners struck again when Mohamed made a sneaking run into the box. His first touch carried him wide right but the forward was able to cut the ball back across goal to his trailing teammate. Ibrahim's one time finish was class, drilling the ball into the lower left corner past goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Halmstad's chances took a further significant blow just prior to the halftime whistle when Tomas Žvirgždauskas brought down Ibrahim Bangura in the box during a AIK corner kick. Žvirgždauskas was issued a yellow card and AIK were awarded a penalty.

Ibrahim completed his hat trick in the 44th minute sending Johnsson the wrong way from the penalty spot, finishing low and hard to the goalkeepers left.

Ibrahim put an exclamation point on his performance in style, bending one into the side netting from some 30-yards out for his fourth goal of the night.

Ibrahim has enjoyed great success in his first season of Swedish soccer. The former USL and Cleveland City Stars attacker has scored fourteen goals in fourteen games and leads the Allsvenskan in scoring at the halfway point of the season.

Ibrahim's four goal performance issued Halmstad BK its fourth consecutive loss as the club prepares to take on second place Elfsborg next Sunday.

Notes:

Gale Agbossoumonde made the bench but did not see action in Djurgården's 0 - 3 loss to league Leaders Helsingborg on Monday.

Brian Edwards did not suit up for Degerfors who lost 0 - 3 to GIF Sundsvall in the only Superettan match up of the weekend.

Samuel Petrone also did not see in action in Mjällby AIF's 1 - 2 loss at the hands of BK Häcken.