CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Sunday, September 19, 2010
The spoils were shared on Sunday evening as Alejandro Bedoya's teammates struck first, but Ryan Miller and Halmstad fought back to get an equalizer before halftime in Halmstad's Örjans Vall stadium.
Both Americans registered a full ninety for their respective clubs, and Bedoya picked up a crucial yellow that will keep him benched in Örebro's next match
The New Jersey native was active from the outset and tested Halmstad custodian Robin Malmqvist after four minutes with a 35-yard blast that the Swede parried to safety.
The visitors attacked again in the 23rd minute and should have converted after Paulinho Guará got his head on a cross in front of the net. Marcus Astvald set up 'Paulinho' after a fine drive down the right side and a chip across into the box from the touchline. Unfortunately for the Brazilian his header glanced just wide left of Malmqvist's net.
Örebro's pressure finally paid off in the 37th minute when Per Johansson opened the scoring with a fine piece of ball control. The Swedish defender caught up with a halfline feed from Michael Almebäck, got an extended left leg on it, entered the box and tapped past Alvbåge for the opener.
The lead did not last long, as the hosts leveled just before the halftime whistle thanks to Marcus Olsson. Following a loss of possession in the midfield, Anel Raskaj launched a hopeful pass for Olsson who was able to catch up to it in the box and tap it in before the oncoming John Alvbåge could reach it.
Referee Martin Ingvarsson had a fair share of involvement in the affair, jotting down Bedoya's name into his book in the 74th minute, meaning he will have to sit out Wednesday's match at Gefle IF.
The whistle-blower again reached in his pocket for a red card in the 85th minute after Tomas Žvirgždauskas brought down Paulinho breaking towards the net, ruling the Lithuanian out for the next match.
The game concluded with ten men on either side, after Liberian Samuel Wowoah saw his second yellow for unnecessarily obstructing Halmstad's Michael Görlitz in the waning seconds.
With the result Örebro remain in third with 39, just a point ahead of IF Elfsborg, and will look for points without Bedoya on Wednesday against Gefle IF.
Halmstads BK are flirting with relegation in 13th with 25, and face GAIS in Gothenburg on Wednesday