Ben Gilby rounds up all the week’s news from the Champions League, Damallsvenskan and Elitettan.
Above: Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, scorer of BK Häcken’s third goal against Vålerenga that sealed their spot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stages in midweek. Photo: Expressen.
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS:
BK Häcken made it through to the group stage after their midweek 3-2 win over the Norwegians Vålerenga completed a 6-3 aggregate win. Once more Stina Blackstenius was on the scoresheet, with a brace and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd grabbed the third. Two goals in the last seventeen minutes from Synne Jensen and Katie Stengel gave the score line a more pleasing look from the Vålerenga perspective.
Rosengård‘s hopes are over despite gaining a creditable 3-3 draw away from home to 1899 Hoffenheim. The damage was done in their 3-0 defeat in the home leg. Laura Reinroither increased the German side’s aggregate lead to four goals after just eight minutes before Jelena Cankovic got the Swedes on the board. Sarai Linder put Hoffenheim ahead once more before Mimmi Larsson levevlled on the night with 25 minutes to go. The two sides exchanged goals once more with Jule Brand on target for the hosts and Loretta Kullashi scoring for Rosengård. 1899 Hoffenheim progress to the group stage 6-3 on aggregate.
Vittsjö gained an excellent 1-0 victory on the road to third placed Eskilstuna United. They had to thank Sandra Adolfsson for the three points as she scored the only goal just before half-time to the delight of the 371 gathered fans. The visitors will now look to go on a positive run of results in order to keep their own top three hopes alive.
Rosengård continued their imperious form up with a 3-0 dismissal of AIK in front of 300 fans. It took the home side longer than they would have hoped to break through, but once Jelena Cankovic put the league leaders ahead just before the hour mark, there was no turning back. Gudrun Arnardottir and Olivia Schough scored four minutes apart to keep their team six points clear at the top.
BK Häcken remain second, but they made very hard work of getting a win at struggling Piteå in front of 523 fans. Mille Gejl Jensen scored the only goal after 48 minutes. The midweek exertions in the UEFA Champions League certainly did not help the second placed Gothenburg based side, but ultimately getting three points was all that mattered.
KIF Örebro gained a vital win at bottom side Växjö to avoid being drawn into the dogfight themselves. Wilma Ohman’s goal with just over 15 minutes left sealed their win in front of 176 fans.
Hammarby took advantage of Eskilstuna United’s slip up by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Kristianstads – another side involved in the battle for third place. Delaney Pridham gave Kristianstads the lead to the delight of the 460 strong crowd. Emilia Larsson levelled after 67 minutes with Emma Jansson hitting the winner seven minutes later.
Linköping joined the pack of five clubs battling for third place after a 3-1 win over Djurgården in front of 567 fans. Two first half goals from Cornelia Kapocs, after the Stockholm based side’s Portia Boakaye was sent off, put Linköping on the road to victory. Uchenna Kanu made it three just after the break before Nellie Lily hit a late consolation for Djurgården.
Round Sixteen Fixtures:
Djurgården v Vittsjö
Hammarby v Rosengård
Kristianstads v Linköping
Eskilstuna United v Växjö
BK Häcken v KIF Örebro
AIK v Piteå
Umeå IK extended their lead at the top of the table to six points after a 4-0 win at home to Lidköpings FK. Two goals in the first 35 minutes from Henna-Riikka Honkanen set the hosts on their way and a brace from Lisa Bjork in nine second half minutes completed the scoring to the delight of the 249 fans. Second placed IK Uppsala suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss at home to tenth placed Alingsås FC United. The visitors were 2-0 up after less than half an hour with Alma Oberg and Rebecca Cameras on target. Ida Stromblad gave Uppsala hope, but Stine Jensen’s strike with sixteen minutes left sealed the points. Moa Ohman’s late goal for Uppsala was nothing more than a consolation as her side’s hopes of overhauling Umeå IK suffered a significant setback. IF Brommapojkarna’s run up the table continued after they thrashed Borgeby FB 5-1. Daniella Famili got the ball rolling with a ninth minute penalty and Sara Eriksson doubled the lead two minutes later. Kajsa Arthursson got a goal back for Borgeby early in the second half, but two goals in the last 13 minutes from Mathilda Johansson and a penalty from Jennifer Sjosten ensured that Bromma are now just a single point behind second placed IK Uppsala. IFK Kalmar remain fourth thanks to a 3-2 win at Älvsjö AIK FF. The visitors raced to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Tabby Tindell (2) and Kristen Schnurr. Two second half goals in ten minutes from Älvsjö gave the side from Stockholm’s suburbs hope, but they couldn’t quite get an equaliser. Morön BK are fifth, but only two points behind second place, after a 3-0 win at Jitex Mölndal. All the goals came in the first 33 minutes thanks to Ellen Shampoo, Hildah Magaia and Lova Andersson’s goals.
Latest Results: IK Uppsala 2-3 Alingsås FC United, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-0 IFK Norrköping, Sundsvalls DFF 2-1 Bollstanäs SK, Älvsjö AIK FF 2-3 IFK Kalmar, Jitex Mölndal 0-3 Morön BK, Umeå IK 4-0 Lidköpings FK, IF Brommapojkarna 5-1 Borgeby FB.
Next Fixtures: IFK Kalmar v Mallbackens IF Sunne, IFK Norrköping v IK Uppsala, Lidköpings FK v IF Brommapojkarna, Sundsvalls DFF v Umeå IK, Bollstanäs SK v Älvsjö AIK FF, Borgeby FB v Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United v Morön BK.
Danish national team midfielder Frederikke Thøgersen, who recently signed for Rosengård, has suffered a cruciate ligament injury and will miss the rest of the season.