KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge topped Kenny Saief and Gent in Belgium while Mix Diskerud and IFK Goteborg gave Romain Gall and Sundsvall a walloping in Sweden.
Club Brugge booked their place in the qualifying stage of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Gent at the Jan Breydelstadion.
Both Horvath and Saief started for their respective teams.
The host opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Wesley stepped in front of two defenders to guide the ball into the goal from a corner kick taken by Lior Refaelov. Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic should have parried it away with no problems, but his efforts were not good enough.
Brugge doubled their lead in the second half when Anthony Limbombe set up Hans Vanaken to take a chance from distance and he did well to beat Kalinic with his shot to the delight of the Brugge fans.
However, things would get interesting as Saief cut Brugge's deficit in the 70th minute. He took the ball at midfield charged at the Brugge defense and slotted his shot past Horvath.
The score line would hold, allowing Brugge to await their opponents when the Champions League qualifiers start this summer.
Brugge finishes the season in second place with 45 points while Gent sits third with 41 points.
Goteborg had no problems handling Sundsvall as they walked away with a 4-0 win at the Norrporten Arena.
Both Diskerud and Gall started for their respective teams in the encounter.
Goteborg scored their first goal of the game in the 31st minute. Soren Rieks put a cross into the area from the right side and Tobias Hysen would be there to guide towards the goal. Sundsvall goalkeeper Tommy Naurin was able to stop the first shot, but the ball went back to Hysen who made sure not to miss the second time.
The visitors doubled their lead three minutes later as Emil Salomonsson converted from the penalty spot.
Hysen scored his second on the day in the 44th minute as Sundsvall failed to clear the ball from their end, allowing the Swede to gain control and curl a shot past Naurin.
Mads Albaek rounded out the scoring in the 86th minute when Diskerud set him up to a shot from distance.
Goteborg sits in 10th place with 13 points while Sundsvall are in 12th place with 11 points.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Josh Wicks started in goal for Sirius in their 1-1 tie with Hammarby.
Brendan Hines-Ike started for Orebro in their 0-0 tie with Halmstad.
In the Supperettan, Matt Pyzdrowski started in goal for Helsingborg in their 3-2 win over Norby followed by their 2-1 win over Oster a few days later.
Bjorn Johnsen started while Perry Kitchen watched from the bench for Hearts in their 2-0 loss to champions Celtic. The Jambos end their season in fifth place in the standings with 46 points.
Steve Clark started while Conor O'Brien came off the bench for Horsens in their 1-1 tie with Esbjerg in their first leg relegation playoff game.
Caleb Stanko started for Vaduz in their 2-1 loss to Lugano. Vaduz are all but relegated from the Swiss Super League.
In Ligue 2 action, Maki Tall came off the bench for Tours and scored a goal in their 3-2 loss to Ajaccio. Tours finish their season in 16th place with 43 points.
In the Championnat, Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu ended his successful loan to Chateauroux with a goal in the team's 1-1 tie with Les Herbiers. Chateuroux finishes as champions of the third division.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench in Brann's 3-2 come from behind win over Sogndal.
Stefan Antonijevic came off the bench late in the game for Lillestrom in their 1-1 tie with Rosenborg.
Brian Span started for IFK Mariehamn in their 1-1 tie with HIFK.
In the Ykkonen, Etchu Tabe started for EIF in their 1-0 loss to Honka.
Aaron Schoenfeld started for Maccabi Tel Aviv in their 2-0 loss to Beitar Jerusalem. Maccabi finishes their season in second place with 72 points, qualifying them for the Europa League.