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JON VAN WAGENEN - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Michael Thomas assisted on what looked to be the winning goal, while Alejandro Bedoya was back from injury take part in a big win for Örebro over Elfsborg.

Örebro 3 - 0 Elfsborg

Örebro broke their attendance record with over 10,000 fans as Alejandro Bedoya returned from a foot injury, but newcomer Astrit Ajdarevic stole the spotlight in a double-sub appearance.

In the 28th minute, Ajdarevic, who like Bedoya is an attacking midfielder in the 4-3-3, came on for team captain Fredrik Nordback, who has been suffering from injuries lately.

Johan Larsson missed the match's first good chance, just wide on a breakaway in the 39th minute.

Five minutes later, Ajdarevic took a short flick from Patrik Anttonen and set himself up for a powerful left-footed shot from 25 yards that went in by the right post.

In a tight match, Örebro was fortunate to convert their first good chance.

Ten minutes into the second half, Ajdarevic converted again, this time off a Samuel Wowoah corner. Ajdarevic found a free space on the near side of the six-yard box and knocked it in just under the crossbar.

In the 75th minute, Ajdarevic, whose goal lifted the team to a draw in the previous match, came off to a standing ovation.

Five minutes later, the left-back, Wowoah took a lose ball and changed directions several times losing three defenders before beating the keeper from about 30 yards.

The win puts some distance between Örebro who sit in third place with 29 points and Elfsborg who are fifth with 24 points.

Bedoya's foot was able to take 90 minutes of playing time.

Ljungskile 1 - 1 Syrianska

In a second start as forward, Michael Thomas played a crucial role, but Nick Noble could not save a last second effort.

In the 36th minute, Henrik Nikkliä swung the ball to Thomas on the left wing. Thomas played in to Martin Smedberg-Dalence, who put the ball in the bottom of the goal.

In the stoppage time, Noble failed to come fully out to clear a corner and Haris Skenderovic was there to pounce on the tap-in.

The draw adds more importance to a Tuesday night matchup with Landskrona, as Ljungskile continues to push for a top three spot. Currently the team from Bohuslän is in fifth place, tied with Landskrona and three points behind Syrianska.

Notes

Ryan Miller was again on the bench for Halmstad, who fought back 1 - 0 over IFK Göteborg.
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