KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Bjorn Johnsen scored for Hearts as they shared the points with Partick Thistle in Scotland, while Keaton Parks scored his first goal of the season for Varzim in their win over Famalic„o in Portugal.
Bjorn Johnsen continued his attempt to make an impression on new US national team head coach Bruce Arena as he scored another goal in Hearts' 1-1 tie with Partick Thistle.
Johnsen saw 74 minutes of action, while captain Perry Kitchen also started and played the entire game for the Jambos.
With Hearts' new head coach Ian Cathro still looking to win his first game in charge of the team after last week's loss to Rangers, it looked things would go well for them at home at the Tynecastle Stadium.
The Norwegian-American got things off on the right foot for Hearts when he scored in the 17th minute when he headed in a pass from teammate Liam Smith.
However, the host could not capitalize on their early goal and allowed Partick Thistle to remain in the game.
The visitors were rewarded in the 47th minute when Sean Welsh connected on a cross from Ryan Edwards.
The tie leaves Hearts in fourth place in the standings with 28 points.
Goals from Keaton Parks and Rui Costa helped Varzim to their first road win of the second division season as they earned a 2-0 win over Famalic„o.
Parks started the game for Varzim and played nearly the entire game for the team in the win.
After playing to a 0-0 tie at halftime, Varzim would find the goals in the second, with Parks scoring the first in the 52nd minute. Rui Costa added the team's second in the 61st minute.
The win moves Varzim up to 12th place in the standings with 24 points.
Joshua Perez watched from the bench as Fiorentina suffered a 3-1 loss to Lazio.
Matt Miazga watched from the bench in Vitesse's 3-1 loss to Feyenoord.
Rubio Rubin watched from the bench as Utrecht's game with Roda JC ended in a 0-0 tie.