KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu bagged two goals as Reims promotion march in France nears success while Matt Miazga and Vitesse decimated Sparta Rotterdam in the Eredivisie.
Reims are inching closer to promotion to Ligue 1 and their comfortable 3-0 win over Paris FC at the Stade Sebastien-Charlety only proved their dominance in the second tier this season.
Siebatcheu started the game for Reims in a very strong performance that should get him some looks from US Soccer when the next set of friendlies come around.
The forward scored his first 12 minutes into the contest when Pablo Chavarria passed the ball to him in the area. He made a quick turn as struck it with his left foot as it went past Paris goalkeeper Vincent De Marconnay.
Siebatcheu doubled his goal tally just two minutes into the second half although he might have had a bit of luck on his side. Remi Oudin crossed the ball into the area from the right and the youngster rose up to head towards goal. The ball struck the crossbar but it would bounce of Siebatcheu's leg and head into the goal.
That strike made it his 14th goal of the season, placing him joint second on the goal scorers' list.
Aly Ndom settled the game with Reims' third goal in the 74th minute to see the league leaders comfortably claim all three points.
Reims sits in first place in the Ligue 2 standings with 75 points, well ahead of the chasing pack.
Elsewhere in Ligue 2 action, Quentin Westberg watched from the bench in Auxurre's 2-1 loss to Clermont.
Matt Miazga and Vitesse made easy work of Sparta Rotterdam as they romped to a 7-0 win over their opponents at the GelreDome.
Entering the game with a four-game losing streak, Vitesse decided to part ways with their head coach Henk Fraser, with Edward Sturing filling in on an interim basis. Earlier in the season they looked like contenders for a Champions League place, but now they are struggling to hold on to a Europa League spot, thus the coaching change.
The host opened the scoring only two minutes into the game as Thulani Serero found the back of the net. Roy Beerens doubled the lead in the 18th minute when he cut inside before curling the ball into the goal.
Tim Matavz made it 3-0 after an error by Sparta goalkeeper Jannik Huth.
Sparta would then go down to 10 men when forward Michiel Kramer was shown a straight red card before the half-time whistle for kicking Alexander Buttner in the face.
Vitesse kept up the pressure in the second half with Bryan Linssen made it 4-0 in the 59th minute. Matavz added his second goal of the game in the 72nd minute. Thomas Bruns made it 6-0 five minutes later and Linssen rounded out the scoring in the 82nd minute.
The win puts Vitesse in seventh place in the Eredivisie standings with 45 points.
In other Eredivisie action, Shane O'Neill was a spectator on the bench as Excelsior settled for a 1-1 tie with PEC Zwolle.
Down in the Eerste Divisie, Andrija Novakovich started but could not find the back of the net this time around as Telstar secured a 1-0 win over Utrecht II. The team are currently in sixth place in the standings, but can still qualify for the playoffs as the reserve teams for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are not eligible for promotion.
The Superliga has entered its playoff rounds with Americans in both the championship and relegation stages.
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Joshua Perez watched from the bench as Livorno marched to a 2-0 win over Pisa in Italy's Serie C.
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