DAVID SMITH - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgarden needed a last-minute spot kick to avoid a potential humiliation while Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro barely scraped by Ljungskile on a penalties.
Ljungskile SK 2 - 2 Örebro SK (pen. 2-4)
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro finally were able to beat their Superettan hosts Ljungskile after a penalty shootout, in a thrilling contest which saw each team forced to come back from deficits and play much of the game with ten men in the lineup.
Bedoya, who began the game on the bench, entered as a 72nd minute substitute and buried his spot kick in the shootout while picking up a yellow card in the 90th minute.
For Ljungskile, both Michael Thomas and Nick Noble also started the game as substitutes, however Thomas was brought in at halftime with the team both a man and a goal down and did successfully convert his spot kick in the shootout.
The teams traded early goals with Joakim Runnemo putting Ljungskile ahead in the tenth minute, then Örebro replying with a long-range blast by Ahmen Yasin two minutes later.
Örebro were given a golden opportunity just before haftime as Ljungskile defender Josemar Santana da Silva was sent off in the 42nd minute after a duel inside the area with Per Johansson, with Fredrik Nordback putting the visitors into the lead from the spot moments later.
Rather than cruise to an easy victory, Örebro returned the favor, as Tommy Wirtanen was ejected in the 77th minute, and Ljungskile's Rafeal Leandro Magalhaes pulled the game back on even terms with a direct free kick two minutes later.
The teams fought through the remainder of regulation and two overtime periods without another goal, setting up the dramatic penalty shootout.
Both teams sank their opening kicks from the spot, however Örebro took the advantage on a pair of misses by Ljungskile, with the visitors finally advancing to the next round as Robin Staaf put away the decisive kick.
Bedoya and his teammates will now turn their view back to league play, with a tough visit to last season's champions Malmö on Sunday.
Ljungskile will have a long break before their next action as the weekend's game against Assyriska Föreningen was postponed, making their next outing a visit to Landskrona BoIS on Thursday, May 19.
IFK Luleå 1 - 2 Djurgårdens IF
Gale Agbossoumonde started and played the full 90 minutes for Djurgardens IF on Wednesday afternoon, as they were forced to come back from a first-half deficit against minnows IFK Luleå to finally pass to the Swedish Cup third round.
Djurgarden had the upper hand for much of the first half thanks in large to the continual threatening play of Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike, but a series of near misses saw all of their scoring chances go wanting.
Amazingly, they were the ones to take a deficit into the half after IFK Luleå's Robin Östlind somehow managed to cut through the defense and put the ball past keeper Pa Dembo Touray to give the hosts the lead.
New coach Magnus Pehrsson saw no marked improvement from his team out of the break and made a double switch just before the hour mark, which seemed to pay off as they found an equalizer in the 67th minute as Daniel Sjölund headed in a cross left back Joel Riddez to put Djurgarden back in the game.
The feisty Luleå team kept up the fight and nearly re-took the lead several minutes later Östlind's shot bounced off the woodwork, but their hopes of pulling off a major upset came to an end in the final seconds.
After Djurgarden's Philip Hellquist was judged by the referee to have been pulled down in the penalty area, Igboananike stepped up to the spot in the 89th minute and buried the winning penalty, sending Djurgarden on to the next round.
With this narrow miss now in their rear-view mirror, the team will look ahead to their Sunday-afternoon visit to Gefle IF as they try to continue their recent turnaround in Allsvenskan play.
Vasalunds IF 2 - 1 Mjällby AIF
Samuel Petrone played the final ten minutes for Mjällby on Wednesday evening, however was unable to help them overcome their deficit to Vasalunds IF as they were knocked out of the Cup.
The third division underdogs Vasalunds took a surprise lead after ten minutes when Cafer Dincer weaved through a pair of defenders and put the bal past Mjällby keeper Mattias Asper for the 1-0 advantage.
They extended the lead in the 27th minute when Hezha Agai picked up a poor clearance and blasted a 27-yard shot that flew out of Asper's reach into the upper right corner.
Mjällby did hold the upper hand in both possession and scoring chances, and did cut the lead to a single goal two minutes before the half thanks to a fantastic volley by Emanuel Svensson which flew in just below the crossbar.
The visitors pushed for an equalizer throughout the second half, bringing the American Petrone into the game in the final ten minutes, however the hosts held strong, with the referee's final whistle thrilling the home crowd at their fantastic upset.
Mjällby can now fully concentrate on their Allsvenskan season which sees them flirting with the relegation zone. They will hope to take all three points on Saturday when they visit last-place Halmstads.
Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK will have an extra week to prepare for their third-round game against Karlstads BK, which is set to take place next Wednesday.