RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya got his first action as a Helsingborg player on a day of mixed results for Americans in Sweden.
Elfsborg IF 2 - 1 Helsingborg IF
Helsingborg travelled to take on league leaders Elfsborg. Alejandro Bedoya got the start for Helsingborg as he saw action for his new club for the first time since moving over from Rangers last week.
It took only 37 minutes for the former Boston College standout to make his first big contribution to his new team. The Elfsborg defense couldn't clear an HIF set piece, and Bedoya executed a perfect bicycle kick from close range to give the visitors the early lead.
Minutes later, Bedoya received a yellow card in the 43rd minute.
Helsingborg made it difficult for Elfsborg as they attempted to level the score, but the home side knotted the score in the 70th minute. Stefan Ishizaki sent a cross towards the far post where Andreas Augustsson was able to get on the end of it. The central defender got low to meet the set piece and bounced a header off the turf and into the net to make it 1-1.
Ishikazi provided his second assist four minutes later as substitute Viktor Claesson grabbed a 74th minute goal which put a damper on Bedoya's goal-scoring debut. After some nice team build up play from the home team, Ishikazi found Claesson striding into the box unmarked. The striker controlled the ball then unleashed a nice right footed shot into the bottom left corner to give Elfborg the lead.
Bedoya, who can be played either on the wing or up front, was dispensed as a striker in Helsingbors's standard 4-4-2 alignment. Helsingborg are next in action on Tuesday when they lineup against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier.
IK Sirius 1 - 1 Hammarby (5-4 Sirius on PK's)
Billy Schuler made a late apperance and Baggio Husidic pick up a 57th minute yellow card while playing the match in it's 120 minute entirety as Hammarby crashed out of the Svenska Cup to third tier Sirius on penalty kicks.
Sirius got off to a good start in the first half as Alagie Sosseh's 45th minute goal put the Division One leaders on top. Ian Sirelius found the striker and the Gambian burried his opportunity just before the break.
Bajen were aided in their search for a game tying goal when Sirius winger Joakim Blomqvist picked up his second yellow card in the 65th minute. Shortly after, Sinan Ayranci found the Stockholm giants the goal they needed to make the score 1-1. Eric Figueroa crossed into the box and Mattias Adel Tribe thundered a header towards net. Sirius keeper Jonas Bylund saved the shot, but the deflection came straight to Ayranci, and the striker beat his defender to the rebound before poking home.
Schuler entered in the 70th minute for Jose Monteiro.
The two teams proceeded to battle through the final twenty minutes of regulation before each side failed to score in both extra time periods, leaving the game to penalty kicks. Husidic was the first player to step to the spot, and he blasted his shot to right of Bylund for a goal.
Both teams converted their first three attempts, when Schuler took his opportunity for Hammarby. The 22 year old skied his attempt over the crossbar, and Sirius scored on their final two shots to give Sirius the win on penalties, knocking Hammarby out of the Svenska Cup.
Hammarby will refocus on their Superettan season on Tuesday when they face Landskrona.
Selanger FK 0 - 6 Ljungskile SK
Selanger fell apart late as Patrick Hopkins and Ljungskile netted six goals in the games final 20 minutes to thump SFK.
LSK were held scoreless for 71 minutes until Joakim Runnemo was able to break the deadlock.
12 minutes later it was Hopkins extended the lead for his side, scoring his first goal in an LSK uniform in the 83rd minute.
Tobias Mikaelsson scored in the 85th minute before Runnemo hit a second and third goal in the 86th and 89th minutes to complete an amazing hat trick. Robin Iglicar rounded out Ljungskile's goal rush with a 90th minute goal to cap of Ljungskile's amazing ending as they secured passage to the next round of the Svenska Cup in dramatic fashion.
Lungskile resume their Superettan campaign this week when they take on Varnamo.
Orgyte IS 3 - 0 Degerfors
It was a rough day for Brian Edwards as he and Degerfors were beaten handily by third tier side Orgyte in the second round of the Svenska Cup.
An Oskar Wallen header off of a Johan Hedman cross gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute.
Degerfors threatened to score a goal of their own when Amadaiya Rennie found Christopher Brandeborn close to net in the 25th minute, but Orgyte keeper Fredrik Andersson made a nice save to preserve his teams lead.
In the 64th minute, another Hedman cross led to Orgyte's second goal. Tommy Lycen volleyed Hedman's cross and though Edwards was able to get a hand on the ball, however the keepers deflection couldn't keep the ball from the back of the net, making the score 2-0.
Wallen would put the game out of reach in the 70th minute. Emil Karlsson spotted the striker unmarked in the box, and Wallen did well to poke home off of the cross.
The loss takes Degerfors out of the Svenska Cup. The Red and White will continue their attempt to break out of the Superettans relegation zone this week when they take one Assyriska.
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