The Swedish Scene

@DandalBs brings us our weekly round-up of all the goings on in the Swedish women’s game. There’s news of the latest Swedish national squad announcement, Swedish Cup news ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals, pre-season friendly action and all the final goings on before the transfer window closed.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:

Above: Caroline Seger in action for FC Rosengård against Bayern Munich Photo: @FCRosengard

FC Rosengård suffered a 1-0 loss at home in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter-Final tie to Bayern Munich. Lea Schüller scored the only goal after 21 minutes. The Swedes bowed out 4-0 on aggregate.

NATIONAL TEAM NEWS:

Sweden face matches against USA and Poland on 10 and 13 April respectively. Head coach Peter Gerhardsson has named a 25 player squad with the stand out inclusion being the return to the squad of Madelen Janogy.

SWEDISH CUP NEWS:

Group A:

BK Häcken clinched their place in the semi-finals of the competition by comprehensively defeating Linköping 5-2 in the group decider.  Häcken’s goalscorers were Zigiotti-Olme (2), Angeldahl (2), Blackstenius. Kanu and Selerud scored for Linköping. Lidkopings FK ended their cup program for this season with a 4-0 loss away to Växjö. Two goals from Woeller plus strikes from, Gotta and Holt Andersen were the difference.  

Above: Celebrations for BK Häcken for making the Swedish Cup semi-finals. Photo: @bkhackenofcl

Group B:

FC Rosengård qualified for the semi-finals after a 3-3 with Kristianstad. Sanders, on her debut, plus Troelsgaard, Bennison did the business for the Champions League Quarter-Finalists who built a 3-0 lead after just half an hour. However, two goals from Åsland plus a strike from Rantala ensured a nervy finish. Alingsås FC United went down 1-0 away to Vittsjö GIK due to a goal from Nyström.

Group C:
Eskilstuna United DFF qualified for the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 against KIF Örebro DFF. Lundin’s goal was the ultimate decider for Eskilstuna, with Oskarsson on the mark for Örebro.. Hammarby’s campaign ended with a 7-1 crushing of Sundsvalls DFF. A hat-trick from Larsson (3) plus two from Jakobsson and a goal from Jansson earned the win. Janogy got a consolation for Sundsvall.

Group D:
Umeå IK FF
gained a 3-2 win away to Djurgården in the group decider for the semi-final spot after coming from 2-1 down with five minutes left. Honkanen, Mellouk and Sandström scored for Umeå with Arnardottir and van den Bulk initially looking like having won it for Djurgården. IK Uppsala ended their cup campaign with a 4-0 away to  Morön BK. Sarah Mellouk and Henna-Riikka Honkanen both scored from the spot in addition to goals from Pink Herreros Ossorio and Monica Jusu Bah.

Semi-Final Draw:

Umeå IK FF host Eskilstuna United today at 1pm local time with BK Häcken at home to Rosengård tomorrow with kick-off at 3:30pm local time.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES:

Above: AIK celebrate a goal in their 3-1 friendly win against Bollstanäs. Photo: @AIKFotboll

AIK have won both matches they’ve played over the past week. Last weekend they defeated Bollstanäs 3-1 win. Goals by Evelina Finndell, Nora Rönnfors and Linda Hallin earned the Solna based side the win. They followed this up on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Kalmar from the second tier Elitettan. Adelisa Grabus and Honoka Hayashi scored the goals.

Örebro defeated Kristianstad 2-1 on Thursday. Hellstrom and Hoff Persson were on target for Örebro. Rantala scored from the penalty spot for Kristianstad.

In a game played at Sundavall yesterday, Djurgården drew 2-2 with Piteå. Linda Motlhalo and Daniela Zamora scored for Djurgården, with Josefin Johansson and an own goal for Piteå.

NEWS ROUND-UP:

Above: Elise Kellond-Knight in action for Hammarby in her previous spell with the club. Photo: Aftonbladet.

Hammarby have announced the signing of key Australian international defender Elise Kellond-Knight from Kristianstad. The 30 year-old previously played for the club in 2018 and has signed a three year deal with the Stockholm club. She suffered a serious knee injury early last season and has spent the last nine months in rehab.

Speaking to the club website about her move, Kellond-Knight said: “I am fortunate to once again have the opportunity to play for such a supportive and supported club.”

“I have noticed that Hammarby has integrated the women’s team more into the club and made many positive changes since I was last here. “If we play our cards right, there is no reason why Hammarby should not be able to become a leading club in Damallsvenskan during my time here. I want to be part of the process of helping Hammarby become a team fighting for the league title. As I’ve noticed before, we have the best supporters in the country, so I’d love to see it permeate the whole club.”

“I hope to be back on the pitch before the summer break, but of course that will be up to the staff and especially when the medically responsible decide. Right now I’m in a stage of custom training with the team. But it is not possible to speed up the recovery from an injury like this, and the timing of the comeback will depend on when my body is ready.”

Above: Evelina Duljan – an important signing for Växjö. Photo: SMP.

Växjö have pulled off the major signing of the hugely talented Evelina Duljan. Duljan joins the club on loan from Kristianstad on a loan until the summer break for the Olympic Games. Duljan has not been satisfied with the playing time she had got at Kristianstad.

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