RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg are still searching for his first win with the club while two Americans won in the Superettan.
AIK 2 - 1 Helsingborg IF
Alejandro Bedoya started and played 72 minutes for Helsingborg as the Europa League team lost their fifth game in a row.
In only his third league game for Helsingborg, Bedoya picked up his third yellow card in the 23rd minute meaning he will be forced to miss their next contest.
HIF grabbed the lead in the ninth minute when Par Hansson sent a long goal kick towards Nikola Djurdic, who redirected his header towards David Accam in the box. The striker beat defender Niklas Backman, and sent a nice chip over an outstretched Ivan Turina from three yards out.
Accam believed he had scored his second goal in the 23rd minute, only to be subject to some questionable work by the line judge. The Ghanaian dispossessed defender Niklas Backman forty yards away from the net and was in free on goal. After a fake, Accam rounded the keeper for the simple tap home, but Par Karlsson cleared the ball just after it had crossed the goal line. The line judge gave Karlsson the benefit of the doubt, and an outraged Accam was robbed off his second goal.
Controversy surrounded AIK's equalizer in the 75th minute as well. Kwame Karikari rocketed a header towards Hansson in net. The captain made a nice save, but his parry went directly to an unmarked Martin Lorentzson, tapped in to tie the game. Hansson and his defenders were up in arms afterwards claiming Lorentzson had used his hand to knock down Hansson's parry.
Costa Rican ace Celso Borges broke the tie in AIK's favor in the second minute of extra time. After Mohamed Bangura's shot was blocked by Christoffer Andersson, the deflection rolled towards an onrushing Borges. The midfielder's volley flew in to the upper right corner of the net to give AIK the lead right before the final whistle.
Bedoya will watch from the stands when Helsingborg take on Sundsvall, while AIK play Djurgarden next week.
Halmstad BK 4 - 0 IK Brage
Ryan Miller played the full 90 for Halmstad as they took down IK Brage at home. The shutout makes it a remarkable 439 minutes since Miller and his defensive teammates have allowed a goal.
Kristoffer Fagercrantz provided Halmstad with the lead in the 26th minute. The midfielder's scorching free kick from 30 yards out slammed off of the right post and bounced into the net to open up the scoring.
Fagercrantz netted his second goal in the 30th minute to double Halmstad's lead. Again the 25-year old set up for a free kick, this time from just outside the box. Brage keeper Patrik Calgren misjudged Fagercrantz attempt and fell to his left as he looked back to see the shot fly into net where he had previously been standing.
Kristinn Steindorsson scored in the 40th minute to give Halmstad a commanding 3-0 lead going into halftime. Gudjon Baldvinsson laid a pass back for his fellow Icelandic teammate, and Steindorsson's shot found the lower left corner of the net from ten yards out.
Antonio Rojas sealed the deal for Halmstad with a 60th minute penalty kick. Miller sent a long throw in towards Mikael Boman in the box, and the referee deemed Peter Magnusson's handling of the striker to be a little too much as he awarded the spot kick.
The win was Halmstad's fifth in a row, and it puts them in second place in the Superettan at the moment. HBK hope to continue their winning streak when they face Ljungskile while Brage take on Falkenberg.
Ljungskile SK 2 - 0 Landskrona BoIS
Patrick Hopkins and Ljungskile continued their fantastic season on Sunday with an impressive win against Landskrona. Despite getting outshot 13-8 and only receiving one corner to six for Landskrona, Ljungskile managed to grab two goals and take the win at home.
Hopkins took two shots in the game, a particularly lively performance for the defender who had only attempted seven shots in 21 games this season.
Kenny Pavey scored Ljungskile's first goal in the 24th minute. The English midfielder was set up by Alexander Kitic and drilled the shot home from ten yards away from net for his ninth goal of the season.
Robert Bagger sealed the win for Ljungskile in the 85th minute. The 24-year old, playing in his first match since coming over from Uddevalla, received a pass from Tobias Mikaelsson eight yards out and slotted the ball into the net to make the score 2-0.
With the win, Ljungskile are now in fourth place in the Superettan, leaping over Landskrona.
LSK take on Halmstad next while Landskrona face Varberg.