AMSTERDAM – A pair of Americans working in European second divisions rang the bell on Friday night, with 1860 Munich attacker Bobby Wood striking a memorable first pro goal to earn the visitors a 1-1 draw with Aalen in German 2.Bundesliga action.
The youngster had pitched in a quiet 67 minutes at forward before switching to right wing with the entrance of an offensive sub. Mere seconds later, Wood galloped from midfield to near the area, where he beat the goalkeeper with a beauty from 25 yards to grab the sixth place Lions a share.
Next door in the Dutch second flight, Charles Kazlauskas celebrated the signing of a two-year contract extension by firing the opener in Helmond Sport's 1-1 top-of-the-table share with 10-man MVV Maastricht.
Eight minutes before halftime, the midfielder buried a drive for his third Eerste Divisie goal of the season and fourth across all competitions. The home side remained three points shy of the summit, but slipped to third place with the draw.
In the Danish Superliga, Conor O'Brien went all 90 to help SønderjyskE cruise to a 3-1 victory at AC Horsens. The midfielder drew a save with one of his three shots as the visitors notched their first win in just over a month to move clear of the drop zone.
Finally, in England's Championship, Jonathan Spector worked from both right and central midfield as Birmingham City pulled out a thrilling 3-2 rally win over visiting Middlesbrough. The Brums snapped a four-game win drought to tentatively climb a spot to 18th.