@DandalBs brings us our regular Saturday round-up of the Swedish women’s football scene which this week saw the new Damallsvenskan and Elitettan seasons get underway.
This week’s draw for the group stages of the Olympic Games saw Sweden placed in arguably one of the biggest groups of death of all time. In the toughest draw for all teams concerned, Sweden will face the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The Swedes will start their Tokyo campaign against the USA before a potential qualification decider against the Matildas and end the group stage against the Football Ferns.
The season got underway last weekend. The opening game ended with a 1-0 win for Djurgården at home to KIF Örebro, with Sara Olai scoring the winning goal. Djurgården are expected to be battling to avoid relegation to the Elitettan so this was an excellent win.
Newly promoted AIK, tipped my many for instant relegation opened their Damallsvenskan campaign with a hugely creditable 1-1 draw away to Växjö. Emmi Alanen scored from the spot for Växjö with Nora Rönnfors on target for AIK.
The other new team in the Damallsvenskan this season, Hammarby suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to BK Häcken. The visitors were hugely dominant throughout the game but only managed a single goal victory. That was an own goal from June Pedersen after just four minutes when she unfortunately headed Anna Csiki’s corner into her own net.
Vittsjö got off to a positive start with a 2-1 win at home to Piteå. Australian international Emily Gielnik continued her outstanding form in front of goal with Vittsjö’s opener with Ellen Löfqvist netting for the visitors. Former Piteå, player Fernanda da Silva grabbed the winner for the hosts.
Eskilstuna United brought their good pre-season and Swedish Cup form into the new league campaign and earned a great 1-1 draw at home to Kristianstad. Eskilstuna narrowly avoided relegation last season and they profited from Felicia Rogic’s goal. Kristianstad, who played UEFA Women’s Champions League football this season grabbed the draw thanks to Sveindis Jane Jónsdóttir’s strike.
In one of the round’s most eye catching games, Rosengård left Linköping with a 1-0 win. The visitors had most of the play but couldn’t break through until the very end. In stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes, Stefanie Sanders headed Olivia Schough’s free kick into the net.
Round Two Fixtures:
BK Häcken v Växjö
Rosengård v Hammarby
Kristianstads v Djurgårdens
KIF Örebro v Vittsjö GIK
AIK v Linköping
Piteå IF v Eskilstuna United
Round One Results: Borgeby FK 2-3 Älvsjö AIK FF, IFK Norrköping v IFK Kalmar POSTPONED, IK Uppsala 4-1 Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal 3-0 Sundsvalls DFF, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-1 IF Brommpojkarna, Morön BK 4-1 Alingsås FC United, Umeå IK FF 7-1 Bollstanäs SK.
Round Two Fixtures: IF Brommpojkarna v Umeå IK, Älvsjö AIK FF v Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United v IK Uppsala, Bollstanäs SK v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Sundsvalls DFF v Borgeby FK, IFK Kalmar v Morön BK, Lidköpings FK v IFK Norrköping.
Rosengård‘s Anna Anvegård, who won the Damallsvenskan Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, is in concussion rehab and will missed the opening round of fixtures and at least this weekend too.
Växjö forward Violah Nambi suffered a double bone fractures in training on Thursday. The 25 year-old, who was just back after a lengthy knee problem, can expect another long period of rehab.