KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Matt Miazga ended the Eredivisie regular season with a goal while Romain Gall continued his goal scoring despite GIF Sundsvall suffering its first loss of the season in Sweden.
Vitesse geared up for their Europa League playoff games with a 2-2 tie against Willem II at Koning Willem II Stadion.
Matt Miazga took up his regular spot in the center of defense for Vitesse in the tie as he wore the captain's armband.
Kostas Tsimikas opened the scoring for the hosts in the 29th minute after a shot from Ismail Azzaoui bounced off the post.
Miazga would then get his name on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute when he headed in the equalizer off an Alexander Buttner corner kick.
However, Ben Rienstra restored Willem II's lead in the 70th minute with a long-range strike that bounced past Vitesse goalkeeper Jeroen Houwen.
Tim Matavz would then level the score for the visitors again in the 83rd minute.
Vitesse finished the regular season in sixth place in the standings with 49 points and will face ADO Den Haag in the two-leg Europa League playoff semifinal.
Elsewhere in Eredivisie action, Shane O'Neill watched from the bench as Excelsior wrapped up their season with a 2-1 loss to Ajax. The team finishes 11th place in the standings with 40 points.
Romain Gall and Sundsvall fell short in their comeback as they suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to Hammarby at the Tele2 Arena.
The game was totally one-sided at first with Hammarby clearly the dominant side. They would go on to score their first goal in the 15th minute when Pa Dibba pounced a loose ball in the area and put it in the back of the net.
The Gambia international scored his second in the 35th minute he once again pounced on another loose ball to tap it in from close range.
Nikola Durdic scored Hammarby's third goal two minutes later when he redirected a pass from teammate Jiloan Hamad into the goal.
The host continued their momentum into the second half when they scored their fourth goal in the 56th minute with Dibba completing his hat-trick.
However, Sundsvall mounted a late comeback as David Batanero started it off with a goal in the 73rd minute.
Hammarby's Bjorn Paulsen helped out his opponents in the 80th minute with an own goal as he deflected a strike from Gall into the net. That was followed by Gall being credited for the next goal in the 84th minute as he volleyed in a shot from the edge of the area.
Sundsvall's first loss of the season sees them drop to ninth place in the standings with nine points.
Brendan Hines-Ike started for Orebro as they came away with a 4-2 win over Sirius to remain unbeaten so far this season.
Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 2-1 win over Malmo.
Andrew Stadler came off the bench for Dalkurd in their 2-1 loss to Kalmar.
In the Danish Superliga Championship group, Jonathan Amon started while Bill Hamid watched from the bench for their respective teams as Midtjylland came away with the 2-1 win over Nordsjaelland.
Emmanuel Sabbi came off the bench for Hobro as they fell 1-0 to SonderjyskE in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal playoff game.
In Ligue 2, Quentin Westberg started in goal for Auxerre in their 1-1 tie with Ajaccio.
Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu came off the bench for champions Reims in their 3-1 win over Valenciennes.
Maki Tall came off the bench for relegated Tours in their 4-2 win over Lens.
The Serie C season wrapped up over the weekend with Joshua Perez coming off the bench for Livorno in their 2-2 tie with Piacenza. Livorno finished atop the standings with 68 points, good enough for them to earn promotion to Serie B next season.
It was another busy weekend for Keaton Parks as he started for Benfica II in their 1-1 tie with Sporting Braga II in the Segunda Liga. He then had a spot on the bench for the first team as their derby game with Sporting Lisbon ended in a 0-0 tie.
Stefan Antonijevic watched from the bench for Lillestrom in their 1-0 win over Sandefjord.