JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, July 5, 2010
Nick Noble shutout the league leaders for Ljungskile who snapped their two match losing streak while Alejandro Bedoya led Örerbo to a Swedish Cup victory.
Ljungskile 2 - 0 Degerfors
Nick Noble led Ljungskile to a vital home win against the Superettan leaders.
Noble started in goal while newly acquired Michael Thomas did not make the gameday roster for the hosts.
The three points place Ljungskile, along with three other teams, three points behind Degerfors.
In the 12th minute, Noble easily saved a shot from Andreas Ljunggren-Eriksson, one of Degerfors few shots.
Despite controlling the first half, Ljungskile didn't get on the scoreboard until the second.
In the 53rd minute, Martin Smedberg-Dalence shot a free kick directly into the wall. The rebound went straight to Erik Nilsson who finished powerfully from the left side.
Twenty minutes later, Smedberg scored after Gabriel Altemark-Vanneryr was taken down in the penalty box. The penalty was out of the keeper's reach, and so was the match.
The 24 - 8 difference in shots taken shows that Ljungskile may have deserved to win by more.
Jönkoping Sodra 0 – 2 Örebro
Alejandro Bedoya had a handful of goal chances but it was Pauinho Guara's double that led Örebro into the quarterfinals of the Swedish Cup.
Bedoya started at midfielder and went the full 90 minutes in the victory.
In the 25th minute, Bedoya and Erik Nilsson linked up to send in a dangerous ball to striker Guara to earn a corner. Three minutes later the trio would repeat their efforts but still were unable to score off the resulting corners.
Bedoya's attempts at goal marked Örebro's hot finish to the first half. The Boston College product's attempt from distance was saved, and a cross from Guara was a bit too long for him to head on target.
Bedoya continued to attack in the second half, having one shot blocked and another rocket just over the bar, and another distance attempt partially blocked to the keeper in the first 18 minutes.
Guara took a deep ball from Fredrik Nordback in the 63rd and finished past Amad Nadj off the left post, in an ice cold display.
Four minutes later, the Brazilian doubled the lead with a close range header off a cross from Markus Astvald on the right wing.
Mjällby, fresh off a 4 – 1 demolition of Malmö will visit Örebro in the Cup's next round on July 10th.
Ryan Miller and Halmstads do not return to Allsvenskan action until July 17th when they face IFK Göteborg.