KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Matt Miazga and Vitesse had a big win over Ajax in the Eredivisie while Brendan Hines-Ike and Orebro won a thriller over Sirius in Sweden's Allsvenskan.
Vitesse continued their fine form as they left the AmsterdamArena with all three points following a 2-1 win over Eredivisie contenders Ajax.
Last season's Dutch Cup winners have rested on their laurels since claiming the team's first piece of silverware and so far this season they have proven that will be in the thick of things in the race for the league title.
After entering a few games from off the bench since returning to Vitesse for another loan spell, Miazga has earned his way back into the starting lineup and was in in the action against the capital team.
Guram Kashia would open the scoring for Vitesse in the 21st minute when Thomas Bruns' free-kick found his teammate in the area and the Georgian defender headed the ball past goalkeeper Andre Onana.
The visitors doubled their lead before halftime when Milot Rashica completed a counter-attack with a strike just inside the area.
Vitesse did well to keep Ajax at bay for much of the second half, but the host would finally break through in the 83rd minute as Nick Viergever was allowed to waltz into the area to head in a Hakim Ziyech cross.
However, they could not find the equalizer as Vitesse earned another win.
Vitesse sits in third place in the standings with 13 points.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, Ashton Gotz started for Roda JC in their 2-0 loss to Heracles.
Desevio Payne came off the bench while Shane O'Neill watched from the bench as Excelsior earned a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Andrija Novakovich was in the starting lineup for Telstar as they shared the points with Ajax II following a 1-1 tie.
A late goal from Filip Rogic helped Orebro to a 4-3 win over Sirius in a thrilling game at Studenternas IP.
Brendan Hines-Ike was in the starting lineup for Orebro while Josh Wicks, who was starting for Sirius for much of the season, watched all of the action from the bench.
Orebro opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Kennedy Igboananike would poke the ball past goalkeeper Lukas Jonsson after a pass from teammate Martin Lorentzson.
The visitors doubled their lead two minutes later when Rogic pounced on a parried save from Jonsson.
Orebro appeared to be in command, but the second half would turn out to be a wild one as Sirius would cut the deficit in the 52nd minute. Stefano Vecchia would make a run towards the area and take on three defenders before chipping the ball over Orebro goalkeeper Oscar Jansson.
Rogic would restore Orebro's two-goal lead in the 54th minute when he had to stretch out to get his foot on a pass from teammate Sebastian Ring.
The host were not deterred and reduced Orebro's lead again in the 64th minute when Jesper Arvidsson converted a penalty. They then found the equalizer in the 78th minute when Johan Andersson blasted in a shot.
But Sirius could not stop Rogic as he found the back of the net again in the 81st minute to complete his hat-trick when he headed in a free-kick from Nahir Besara.
Orebro now sit in ninth place in the standings while Sirius are just above them in eighth.
In other action in the Allsvenskan, Romain Gall started and scored a goal in GIF Sundsvall's 2-2 tie with Jönköpings Södra.
Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 1-0 loss to AFC Eskilstuna.
In the Superettan, Alex de John and Andrew Stadler were both in the starting lineup for Dalkurd in their 1-0 loss to Varberg. De John was sent off in the 50th minute.
Matt Pyzdrowski watched from the bench in Helsingborg's 0-0 tie with Falkenberg.
Theoson Jordan Siebatcheu started and scored the game-winning goal for Reims in the team's 2-1 victory over Quevilly Rouen.
Maki Tall watched from the bench as Tours settled for a 1-1 tie with Orleans.
Quentin Westberg watched from the bench in Auxerre's 2-0 win over Valenciennes.
Keaton Parks started and scored for Benfica II in their 1-1 tie with Sporting Covilha.
Perry Kitchen started as struggling Randers fell in a 3-1 loss to OB.
Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench for Hobro in their 2-1 loss to Brondby.
Rubio Rubin came off the bench in the first half for Stabaek in their 1-0 loss to Kristiansund.
Stefan Antonijevic watched from the bench as Lillestrom suffered a 3-0 loss to league leaders Rosenborg.
Brian Span was in the starting lineup as Marieham suffered a 1-0 loss to HJK Helsinki.
In the Ykkonen, Christian Eissele started for Jaro in their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of TPS.
Tim Murray started between the sticks for Honka in their 2-1 win over GrIFK Grankulla.
Etchu Tabe and Felix da Bona started for EIF in their 1-0 win over Gnistan.