TAHARKA TAYLOR - Monday, May 23, 2011
Alejandro Bedoya continued to tear up the Allsvenskan on Sunday contributing a goal and an assist while leading Örebro SK to victory over visiting GAIS.
Bedoya played the entire game for Örebro despite picking up a yellow card in just the third minute of play. The caution was Bedoya's third of the season and as a result he will miss the club's next match against IFK Norrköping.
Despite the caution it did not take long for Bedoya to have a positive affect on the match.
In the 36th minute Bedoya found himself with acres of space and blasted a low driven shot that was too much for GAIS goalkeeper Dime Jankulovski to handle. Jankulovski did well to parry the shot to his left but defender Patrik Haginge was unimpeded in his fallow up and slotted the rebound into the back of the net giving Örebro a 1-0 lead.
Örebro were very aggressive, dominating possession and the majority of the game's scoring opportunities, however GAIS leveled the score at 1-1 in the 51st minute when fullback Kenneth Gustafsson received the ball wide left and delivered an inch perfect cross to Mervin Celik who steered the ball past Örebro goalkeeper John Alvbage with a purposeful header.
The deadlock was brief as Bedoya, who was influential all game long, assisted midfielder Fredrik Nordback with a incredibly clever back heel in the 59th minute to once again give Örebro the lead.
Örebro found themselves on the counter attack as Bedoya made an intelligent diagonal run towards the near post. However the pass from Valdet Rama was delivered behind Bedoya who did a spectacular job to pull off a no-look back heel while running at full speed to awaiting teammate Fredrik Nordback. The Finnish midfielder hit a one time strike with the outside of his foot into the upper left corner from 25 yards out.
Bedoya put an exclamation point on what was possibly his best performance of the season after striker Andreas Haddad was subbed off in the 57th minute and Bedoya was subsequently moved up top to play as a second striker.
Bedoya rewarded head coach Sixten Boström for the tactical adjustment in the 67th minute when he headed home an uncontested header off a cross to the far post from Haginge.
Bedoya timed his jump perfectly and delivered a powerful downward header into the lower left corner effectively sealing the game and a much needed victory of Örebro.
Örebro who moved up to ninth place in the standings with Sunday's win next travel to play IFK Norrköping on Wednesday in a midweek Allsvenskan match up.