DAVID SMITH - Monday, May 9, 2011
Alejandro Bedoya added yet another goal to his season tally, albeit in a losing effort, while Gale Agbossoumonde went the distance for Djurgarden as they notched their first win of the season.
Örebro SK 1 - 2 Kalmar FF
Alejandro Bedoya hit Kalmar for his third goal of the young Allsvenskan season, but it was not enough to prevent a tough loss at home on Friday evening.
Kalmar was off and running, taking the lead already in the seventh minute when a swift counter saw Daniel Freire Mendes get behind the pack of defenders and storming unabated towards John Alvbage's goal.
The Örebro keeper made a desperate lunge for the ball, but the Brazilian maintained control and had an easy time to fire the ball into the wide-open net for the quick 1-0 lead.
Bedoya temporarily brought Örebro back into the game in the 24th minute, receiving the ball from Samuel Wowoah just outside the 18-yard box, taking several steps forward and firing it into the net for the equalizer.
The evening would belong to Kalmar, however, as they re-took the lead for good one minute before the hour mark, with Ricardo Santos working free on the left side of goal then dropping it back towards the penalty spot where Erik Israelsson took a good first touch to get by his defender and quickly fired it to the right side of goal for the winner.
The result drops Örebro into the bottom half of the standings, now in tenth place with ten points. They will pay a visit to the crowd of Americans at Ljungskile in Swedish Cup action on Wednesday before again hitting the road to take on Malmö FF four days later.
Djurgardens IF 2 - 0 Halmstads BK
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgarden got off to a great start under the guidance of new coach Magnus Pehrsson, taking advantage of ten-man Halmstads BK to earn their first win of the season.
Halmstad defender Ryan Miller was included on his team's bench but did not take the field, while Agbossoumonde played the full 90 minutes in his team's central defense.
A tumultuous week saw Djurgarden have a complete shake-up from the front office down to the coaching staff, and how this would affect the team on the field was a question many were waiting to see answered in Saturday's game.
An early red card to Halmstad keeper Nauzet Perez for taking a petulant retalitory swipe at Djurgardens' Philip Hellquist will likely leave some question as to how the team will fare against a fully-loaded opponent, but the three points will have at least placated the fans and management of the team.
The sending off of Perez was also accompanied with a penalty awarded to the hosts, which Kennedy Igboananike easily put past substitute keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson for the lead.
Djurgarden then made sure to leave no question as to the final result, with Sebastian Rajalakso making the score 2-0 two minutes after the intermission with a powerful blast from the left side of the penalty area which Johnsson had no chance to parry.
The win lifts Djurgarden up to 14th place, still within the relegation zone, but just three points behind Mjällby. They visit lower league team IFK Luleå on Wednesday in cup action, then will go for their second straight league win on Sunday at Gefle.
Halmstad are now dead last in the league standings with just two points to their name. They have the midweek off due to their delayed Swedish Cup enounter, and will next take the field on Friday when they host Mjällby.
Ljungskile 0 - 0 Östers IF
Nick Noble put in a strong performance in goal for Ljungskile on Sunday to help them battle to a scoreless draw at home against Östers.
Michael Thomas also went the distance in central defense for the team, earning a yellow card in the 76th minute.
Ljungskile could never get their attack up and running in the first half, with the most threatening chance falling to Östers midway through, when Noble made a fine reflex save to deny Alexander Henningsson.
Thomas came close in the 70th minute when he launched a free kick that flew just on the wrong side of the left post.
The introduction of Ljungskile debutant Rafael Magalhaes midway through the second half did provide an offensive spark to the home team, but they were denied on several occasions by a stout Östers defense to preserve the draw.
Ljungskile remain in seventh place with the point, and will square off against Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro in Swedish Cup action on Wednesday.
Atvidabergs FF 5 - 0 Ängelholms FF
Matt Pyzdrowski had a rough day in goal for Ängelholms on Saturday picking the ball out of his own net five times on the way to an embarrassing shut-out loss at Atvidabergs FF.
The game was quickly out of reach for Ängelholms, after Marcus Lindberg was sent off in the 19th minute for pulling down Magnus Eriksson as the Atvidabergs attacker was a step away from a free run at goal.
The hosts took advantage of the situation and jumped into the lead in the 37th minute thanks to a strike by Eriksson, but they otherwise bravely kept the game in check until just after the start of the second half.
The flood gates opened in the 49th minute with Haris Radetinac giving the hosts a 2-0 lead, then two more goals in the following four minutes by Viktor Prodell and Eriksson put them four ahead.
Daniel Swärd finally added a fifth and final score for Atvidabergs just before full time, completing the embarrassing blowout.
Ängelholms fall out of first place with the loss and are now nestled in third. They will have the midweek off from Cup action as they were already eliminated from the competition in the first round, and will hope to have recovered in time for their Sunday afternoon home date with Jönköpings Södra IF.
Jönköpings Södra IF 0 - 1 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards went the distance in Degerfors' goal on Sunday, putting forth his best effort to help the team earn a tight shut-out win over their hosts Jönköpings Södra IF.
Degerfors took an eary lead when the speedy Christophe Lallet broke free of the defense and beat Södra keeper Ivo Vazgec in the 12th minute, and fought hard to maintain the lead for the rest of the game.
Edwards denied the hosts on several occasions, single-handedly preserving the win for Degerfors with his fine work throughout the game.
The team climbs to second place in the Superettan with the three points in the bag. With no Cup game to play in midweek, they will have a week-long break until they host Landskrona BoIS on Sunday.
Mjällby backup striker Samuel Petrone was left on the bench on Sunday for the team's 1-0 loss at home to Trelleborgs FF.