American Exports: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales help teams to draws in Friday action
AMSTERDAM – In Friday action involving Americans across the Atlantic, Alejandro Bedoya put in a strong shift as Nantes fought back for a 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against visiting Marseille.
The US attacker (above) had two good looks at goal on the night, with one effort stopped after he slipped behind the defense in the 34th minute and another chance put agonizingly wide shortly after intermission. Bedoya also set up two shots for teammates and surprisingly tied the team-high with five clearances at the defensive end.
The point gained nudged Nantes into 10th place, but weekend combatants Bastia and Lorient can each pass them with a win. The Canaries are unbeaten at home in five games and have now lost just one of their last eight matches.
Across the border in Germany's second flight, Alfredo Morales played a part in Ingolstadt’s 1-1 home draw against already-crowned champions FC Cologne, moving the hosts to the brink of clinching survival.
In the 34th minute, Ingolstadt took the lead when Morales flicked a restart on for Andre Mijatovic to set up Moritz Hartmann. The American also picked up a late yellow card as the Bavarians moved seven points clear of the danger line despite remaining winless in five.
Also, Bobby Wood worked the final 34 minutes as 1860 Munich pulled off a last-minute 2-1 victory away to derby rivals Greuther Fürth. Mere moments after the Hawaii native shaved the post from a sharp angle, teammate Kai Bülow hit the winner to lift the Lions to eighth place.