CHAD WINGER - Thursday, October 4, 2007
Another red for Onyewu's collection
Ramiro Corrales and Danny Califf were the bright spots in an overall horrific day for Americans in UEFA Cup action.
Standard Liege 1 - 1 Zenit St. Petersburg
Standard Liege once again fell at an early UEFA Cup hurdle as they only managed low-scoring tie with their Russian adversaries.
Les Rouches did get on the board first, however, thanks to a Kamil Contofalsky own goal in the 36th minute. Four minutes later Oguchi Onyewu was sent for an early shower after being shown his second yellow card of the half, which was just eight minutes after being shown his first.
With a man advantage, the Russians attacked on all fronts and eventually found a goal courtesy of Pavel Pogrebnyak which was eventually not needed as the 3-0 home win two weeks ago was sufficient to send Zenit into the group stages.
Onyewu and company have until Sunday before they take to the field again, this time against northern rivals Germinal Beerschot.
Club Brugge 1 - 2 Brann
Ramiro Corrales and Brann did Norway proud as they snuck out of Belgium with a pass into the group stages of the via the away goals rule.
The American started for Brann and collected a yellow card for his troubles in the 40th minute.
After losing the first game of the series 1-0 at home, the Brann comeback began in 15th minute when Martin Andresen picked out Thorstein Helstad who beat Stijn Stijnen to level the aggregate scores
In the 38th, Erik Huseklepp teed up Scottish veteran Robbie Winters who doubled the Norwegian's lead and forced the hosts to score three unanswered to advance.
Club Brugge did pull back on of the required trio of goals in the 76th when Philippe Clement headed in Ivan Leko's corner, but the comeback was not to be as Brann completed their comeback.
Knowing they have four more UEFA Cup games on hand, Brann host Lyn this weekend as they attempt to claim the Eliteserien title.
Helsingborgs 5 - 1 Heerenveen
Helsingborgs completed a remarkable comeback by matching Heerenveen's tally of five goals on home turf to eliminate Michael Bradley and Co.
Swedish legend Henrik Larsson got things started in the 20th minute and Andreas Dahl converted a Razak Omotoyossi assist in the 36th minute to double the lead.
Dahl repaid Omotoyossi by providing the Benin international a cross to head home in the 45th, and after the break, the Swedes extended the lead to 4-0 when Rene Makondele put away Dahl's second assist.
Omotoyossi headed home his second and Helsingborgs fifth in the 79th, before shellshocked Heerenveen grabbed an 88th minute consolation goal from Gerald Sibon.
Bradley went the distance in the drubbing.
Heerenveen get back to action on Sunday when they host Heracles.
Aalborg BK 0 - 0 Sampdoria
Danny Califf and his defense were strong in the Danish rain, helping Aalborg to the needed result to eliminate Sampdoria.
The guests had the lion's share of possession throughout the match, but the closest the Italians would come would be a first half Andrea Caracciolo drive clanking off the outside of the post and an late Hugo Armando Campagnaro header grazing the cross bar.
Califf went the distance while captaining his club to the group stage draw, but compatriot Gabriel Ferrari was nowhere to be found for the Genovese.
Aalborg next play on Monday when they travel to face AGF Aarhus.
Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1 Larissa
Despite a victory over Greek Cup champions Larissa, Brad Friedel and Rovers paid for their calamitous performance two weeks ago on the road and were dumped from the UEFA Cup.
Larissa effectively put the two-game series to bed in the 17th minute when Brazilian midfielder Cleyton converted a Panagiotis Katsiaros feed past Friedel.
At the stroke of halftime, Rovers equalized after keeper Elias Kotsolis clipped down David Dunn in the area and Matt Derbyshire converted the penalty, and six minutes after the restart, Stephen Warnock volleyed home sharply for the night's final tally.
Rovers will look to regroup on Sunday when they host Birmingham City at Ewood Park.
Metalist Kharkiv 2 - 3 Everton
Though outplayed over the full 90 minutes, Tim Howard and Everton live to see another UEFA Cup day after fending off a stern challenge in Ukraine.
Metalist took a deserved lead when midfielder Edmar played a crisp give-and-go with Marko Devic and finished strongly past Howard in the 21st minute.
Everton tied the match when Joleon Lescott deflected a Steven Pienaar shot, but Morocco international Hicham Mahdoufi restored the lead for Metalist when he converted the rebound from an Olexandr Rykun shot which caromed off the post.
In the 72nd, James McFadden stuck superbly from 18 yards to once again equalize, and with the Ukrainians pushed up in search of the needed series-winner, Victor Anichebe stole the win with a solo effort with two minutes remaining.
Howard played the full 90 minutes in his second match back from finger dislocation.
Everton travel to face Newcastle this weekend.
SC Braga 4 - 0 Hammarby
Portuguese Braga overturned their first match deficit, running roughshod over Charlie Davies' Hammarby with a second half blitz.
Two minutes after a scoreless first 45, Brazilian Wender converted a Vandinho assist before Jorginho doubled the lead 20 minutes later.
Roland Linz stuck in the dagger with a third via a penalty in the 81st before Qatar international Hussain Yasser Abdulrahman twisted it in injury time with a stellar fourth.
Davies played the final 11 minutes in the loss.
Hammarby host Henrik Larsson and Helsingborgs IF over the weekend.
Preston Zimmerman remains with the Regionalliga club and did not take part as Hamburg advanced over Litex Lovech with a simple 3-1 win.
Johann Smith didn't make the roster for Bolton Wanderers slim 1-0 victory over Macedonian club FC Rabotnicki.