@DandalBs brings us our weekly round-up of all the goings on in the Swedish women’s game. This time we round-up all the latest action in the Damallsvensan and Elitettan in addition to the news around the game.
At least five Piteå players have tested positive for coronavirus after their defeat to Eskilstuna United last weekend. The club has closed down all group training amidst the first major covid outbreak in the Damallsvenskan. The club’s planned game at Linköping this coming Sunday has been postponed as a consequence as a result. No new date for the match has been set as yet.
UEFA’s announcement that the Women’s Champions League will, from next season consist of a 16 team group stage before reverting to a knock-out over two legs, coming with a major increase in prize money is a massive boost to clubs in Sweden. The teams qualifying for the group stage are guaranteed a minimum of 400,000 Euros each – a figure which is almost half of some Damallsvenskan team’s annual budgets.
Rosengård right back Jessica Wik is pregnant with the baby due in October and will not play any more matches this season.
Round Two opened with a second straight win for BK Häcken who produced another dominant performance in beating Växjö 2-0. The goals came from Pauline Hammerlund and Stina Blackstenius. The Gothenburg based side created many chances to add to their tally but had to settle for just the two goals.
Rosengård also recorded a second success after a 3-1 win over Hammarby. Olivia Schough grabbed a brace with Jelena Cancovic adding the other. Hanna Folkesson was on target for the Stockholm side who are one of only two sides to have lost their opening two games.
Kristianstad gained an important 2-1 win over Djurgården, earning their first three points of the season as a consequence. Mia Carlsson scored first before a cheeky goal from VfL Wolfsburg loanee Sveindis Jónsdóttir sealed the win. This was Jónsdóttir’s second goal in two games. Nellie Lilja scored for Djurgården.
KIF Örebro gained a fantastic 1-0 win at home to Vittsjö despite the visitors having more of the game. The deciding goal came when Jenna Hellstrom broke through with great pace to play in Karin Lundin. This is KIF Örebro’s first win of the campaign.
AIK were slightly unfortunate in going down 2-1 at home to Linköping. Both goals for the visitors came from long shots from distance deflecting off defenders on their way in. Jenny Danielsson was on target for AIK with Uchenna Kanu and Frida Maanum profiting for Linköping.
Piteå fell to the bottom of the table and remain winless after a 2-0 defeat to Eskilstuna United. Fanny Andersson and Loreta Kullashi scored the goals.
Round Three Fixtures:
Växjö v Kristianstads
Hammarby v KIF Örebro
Linköping v Piteå IF POSTPONED
Eskilstuna United v Rosengård
Djurgårdens v AIK
Vittsjö GIK v BK Häcken
There are three teams remaining unbeaten after the first two rounds of games with Umeå IK top of the table on goal difference after scoring eight goals in their opening two matches with Lisa Björk scoring four of them to stand top of the goal scoring charts. Borgeby’s Nova Karlsson stands second in the list with three goals in two games despite her team still looking for their first win of the campaign. Just behind Umeå IK in the Elitettan table, also with two wins from two games are IK Uppsala with Älvsjö AIK FF, who narrowly avoided relegation last season third. Ellinor Johanson is in particularly fine form for Älvsjö in these early stages of the season.
Round Two Results: IF Brommpojkarna 0-1 Umeå IK, Älvsjö AIK FF 1-0 Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United 0-1 IK Uppsala, Bollstanäs SK 1-3 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Sundsvalls DFF 1-1 Borgeby FK, IFK Kalmar 1-0 Morön BK, Lidköpings FK v IFK Norrköping POSTPONED.
Round Three Fixtures:
Borgeby FK v IF Brommapojkarna, Morön BK v Älvsjö AIK FF, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Alingsås FC United, IFK Norrköping v Sundsvalls DFF, Umeå IK v Jitex Mölndal, IFK Kalmar v Lidköpings FK, IK Uppsala v Bollstanäs SK.
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