RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Hammarby lost their third straight, distancing themselves even further from the prospect of promotion, while Matt Pyzdrowski and Angelholm continued their fine play of late.
Hammarby IF 0 - 2 Osters IF
Gregg Berhalter and Hammarby continue to struggle as they fell at home to Superretan leaders Osters.
Baggio Husidic went the full 90 for Hammarby while Billy Schuler was subbed off at half.
Osters didn't take long to jump in front as Alexander Henningsson scored in just the fourth minute. Dennis Velic fired a shot from distance towards the Hammarby net which Johannes Hopf parried away for a corner. Hammarby were unable to clear the corner which bungled around the penalty area until it fell clean for Henningsson who easily slotted the ball into the right side of the net.
Velic grabbed a goal from a set piece for himself in the 34th minute. Henningsson drew a free kick in the 34th minute which Patrik Bojent stepped up to take. Bojent found the head of an unmarked Velic, who was able to nod the ball home to give Osters the 2-0 lead.
The result gave Hammarby their third consecutive loss and their promotion prospects are starting to look very bleak as they now sit in fifth place for 21 point, 19 points shy of Osters who have opened up a commanding lead on the rest of the Superettan, having won 13 of 14 matches this season, save a 3-3 draw with Jonkopings in April.
Hammarby will continue to search for an increase in form next week when they take on Jonkopings while Osters hope to continue their dominance when they host Degerfors.
Degerfors IF 2 - 1 Trelleborg FF
Brian Edwards started in net for Degerfors as they scored a big win against relegation rivals Trelleborg. Edwards picked up a yellow card in the 76th minute.
Jonas Olsson gave Degerfors the lead in the 27th minute. Daniel Sundgren hit a cross which found Olsson free in the penalty area. Olsson was able to volley the ball home to give Degerfors the lead.
Kwame Karikari extended the lead in the 42nd minute. The Ghanaians goal was due in part to some nice lead up play of Amadaiya Rennie who was credited with the assist.
Johan Nilsson Guiomar received his second yellow card in the 76th minute, as a result Trelleborg were left with only ten men to try to overcome the two doal deficit.
Fredrik Jensen was able to grab a consolation goal for Trelleborg in the 90th minute. The striker slotted home to Degerfors lead in half, but it would not be enough.
Degerfors are now only two points away from escaping the drop zone while Trelleborg are five points.
Degerfors face a stiff test next week against Osters while Trelleborg host Ljungskile.
Angelholm FF 3 - 1 Ljungskile SK
Matt Pyzdrowski played the whole match in Angelholms net while Patrick Hopkins went the distance for Ljungskile in his standard central defender position.
Joakim Runnemo gave Ljungskile the lead in the 30th minute. The goal was coming as Ljungskile dominated the run of play for most of the first half.
Despite this, Angelholm were able to equalize in the 45th minute. Petter Bjorlund was to blame, as he put an own goal into his net to rob Ljungskile of the half time lead they deserved.
Angelholm responded in the second half through Heidar Julisson and Bjorn Westerblad. Westerblad moved from the left wing into the playmaking role behind the strikers which resulted in him setting up Juliusson for goals in the 51st and 54th minute, giving Angelholm a lead it would not relinquish.
Juliussons first goal came as a result of a sublime long ball from Westerblad. Westerbguys pass put the Icelandic midfielder in free on the Ljungskile keeper who rushed to challenge the shot. Juliusson proceeded to chip the ball nicely over the Ljungskile keeper to give Angelholm the 2-1 lead.
Juliusson sent a spectacular volley in for his second goal off of a Westerblad cross to make it 3-1.
With the win, Angelholm jumped over Hammarby into fourth place while Ljungskile moved down to seventh.
Angelholm hope to continue the ascent next week against Varberg while Ljungskile travel to take on Trelleborg.
Landskrona BoIS 3 - 3 Halmstad BK
Ryan Miller started and played the entire game in his typical Right Back position as Halmstad managed a to get a tough point away from home against Landskrona.
Halmstad took the lead three times during the match, but Landskrona answered each Halmstad goal with one of their own to end the day with a tie.
Richard Magyar first took the lead for Halmstad in the 21st minute. Magyar headed home for close range off of a corner but Luka Miljalevic equalized in the 25th minute. Johnny Lundberg mishit a ball terribly, which came right to an open Miljalevic in the box. The striker pounced on the opportunity, saying in the post game, "The chance came from nothing, so I had to shoot the ball when the situation came."
Antonio Rojas took the lead back for Halmstad in the 40th minute. Once again Landskrona failed to clear a corner and Rojas gathered the ball at his feet before firing the ball into the net from right around the penalty spot. Again it was Miljalevic to rescue Landskrona, this goal coming in the 43rd minute. Miljalevic was played in past the Halmstad defense and used a nice left footed finish to tie the game for a second time.
Johnny Lundberg put Halmstad ahead again on yet another corner kick. The Halmstad defender rose for the corner uncontended and the Landskrona goalie slipped and could only watch as Lundbergs effort flew past him to give Halmstad the 3-2 lead in the 68th minute.
No lead was safe for Halmstad on the night however, as Landskronas 18 year old debutant Robin Eliasson Hofso equalized in the 70th minute. Linus Olsson charged down the flank from his fullback position and crossed for the young striker who powered a header past Kalle Jonsson in Halmstads net to tie the match for the third and final time.
Halmstad held their position at third in the Superrettan standing and will face Falkenberg next week while Landskrona sit in sixth place and will face off against Umea next week.