TAHARKA TAYLOR - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Gale Agbossoumonde had a solid individual performance in what was otherwise a tough day for Djurgården while goalkeepers Brian Edwards and Nick Noble faced off in a Superettan match up.
Mjällby AIF 3 - 0 Djurgården IF
Gale Agbossoumonde went the full ninety in Djurgården IF's 3-0 loss at the hands of Mjällby AIF on Monday. Samuel Petrone did not make the bench for Mjällby.
Djurgården quickly fell behind in the ninth minute when Pavel Zavadil curled a beautiful free kick past Djurgården keeper Pa Dembo Touray into the upper right corner from just off the far sideline.
The first half was fairly even with Djurgården failing to convert a couple of good scoring opportunities. However, Moestafa El Kabir doubled Mjällby's lead just before halftime when he took advantage of a sloppy giveaway in the Djurgården defensive third.
The Mjällby striker instinctually anticipated Petter Gustafsson's first touch, pounced on it, and was off to the races before calmly slotting the ball past Touray right before he was about to be closed down by Djurgården defenders.
It was El Kabir again who benefited from a nice bit of Mjällby team play in the 60th minute to score his second of the afternoon.
Fullback Jesper Westerberg initiated the attack when he cut inside from his right back position and dropped off a ball for Patrick Osiako before continuing his run into the box. Osiako quickly played a ball along the ground to Marcus Ekenberg who found Westerberg with a clever flick into the box. Westerberg completed the sequence with even more impressive flick with the outside of his foot, one that found El Kabir right around the penalty spot where he quickly took one touch to control before knocking it into the back of the net.
It was not a strong day for the Djurgården defense as they appeared lackadaisical and slow to react on several occasions.
Agbossoumonde who was cautioned in the 43rd minute was not directly responsible for either of Mjällby's three goals.
The loss drops Djurgården back into fifteenth place in the standings. The club next host Elsfburg at home on Thursday.
Degerfors 2 - 3 Ljungskile
Goalkeepers Brian Edwards of Degerfors and Nick Noble of Ljungskile, as well as Ljungskile midfielder Michael Thomas, all went the full ninety on Monday in an exiting Superettan match up at the Stora Valla.
Peter Samuelsson opened up the scoring in the 30th minute when a deflected shot fell to him inside the box. The defender did well to control the bouncing ball and fire a shot off the right post into the back of the net.
Thomas equalized in the 51st minute when he mysteriously found himself unmarked at the far post on a Ljungskile corner. The 23-year-old jumped up and easily headed the ball past fellow American Edwards.
Edwards made a crucial mistake in the 55th minute when he misjudged a deflection which had sailed straight up and high into the air.
The young goalkeeper appeared to have the situation handled, however the ball bounced off his fingers and into the back of the net from just inside the six-yard box to give Ljungskile the lead.
Ljungskile grabbed a insurance goal in the 71st minute when striker Johan Patriksson beat Edwards from a difficult angle just inside the box fallowing a break away.
Patriksson's goal proved valuable as Degerfors would not go quietly and scored a second in the 86th minute fallowing a great individual effort from midfielder Christophe Lallet.
The win is the first in six matches for Ljungskile while Degerfors have no dropped two straight matches.
Ljungskile travel to face Åtvidaberg on Thursday while Degerfors will travel to Stockholm on Saturday to take on Hammarby.
Ryan Miller made the bench but not see any action in Halmstads BK's 3-2 loss at Elfsborg. Matt Pyzdrowski started and went the full ninety for Ängelholm conceding a goal in a 1-0 loss to Falkenberg.