The Swedish Scene

With Champions League action as well as the latest round of matches in the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan, Ben Gilby rounds-up the events of the past week with drama at the top of both divisions.

Above: Action from BK Häcken’s midweek UEFA Women’s Champions League game with Olympique Lyonnais. Photo: Gunnar Hoffsten/Getty Images.

UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS:

BK Häcken made their Champions League debut with a Group D tie at home to giants Olympique Lyonnais. For a summary of the game, see Impetus’ Jean-Pierre Thiesset’s report: here

DAMALLSVENSKAN:  

Kristianstads blew a 2-0 lead at home to KIF Örebro who came away with a 2-2 draw. Miranda Nild and Alice Nilsson put the hosts two goals clear before the half hour mark. Jessie Scarpa got one back early in the second half. There was a dramatic conclusion as Jenna Helmstrom hit the equaliser four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match to the frustration of the 410 spectators.

Above: Jenna Helmstrom, who hit the late equaliser for KIF Örebro at Kristianstad. Photo: Aftonbladet.

AIK gained a hugely important 1-0 win over Växjö in the battle of the bottom two in Solna. Jenny-Julia Danielsson grabbed the winner with four minutes to go in front of 233 people at Skytteholms.

Vittsjö saw off Linköping with a 3-0 win in front of 322 fans. Fernanda Da Silva (34), Nellie Persson (46) and Elizabeth Klinga were on target. Linköping sit just a point above the bottom four.

Eskilstuna United are now six points clear of the chasing pack in third place as memories of the large numbers of clubs once competing for that spot are now fading fast. Their latest success came courtesy of a come from behind 3-1 win over Djurgården in front of an impressive crowd of 1,412. The visitors took the lead after 20 minutes thanks to a strike from Michaela van den Bulk. Eskilstuna levelled two minutes later through Vaila Barsley. Mia Jalkerud put the hosts ahead on the hour mark before Felicia Rogic sealed the win a quarter of an hour from the end.

Above: Felicia Rogic sealed Eskilstuna United’s win at home to Djurgården. Photo: Anders Nilsson

Hammarby suffered a disappointing 1-1 draw with third bottom Piteå, a score which, combined with Eskilstuna United’s winning run goes a long way to killing off their dreams of a third placed finish. Cajsa Hedlund put Piteå ahead just after the half hour mark. To the relief of the 755 gathered, Emilia Larsson levelled for Hammarby with 13 minutes left.

The destination of the Damallsvenskan title is back up in the air after second placed BK Häcken gained a 2-0 win at home to leaders Rosengård which halved the visitors lead at the top of the table to three points and cut the goal difference between the sides to just a single goal. Roared on by 2,814 fans, Stina Blackstenius put Häcken ahead with 74 minutes played with Johanna Rytting Kaneryd sealing the points five minutes later. BK Häcken had further cause for celebration later in the week when, despite strong rumours linking her with a move overseas previously, Stina Blackstenius signed a new contract with the club.

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Above: Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (right) who sealed BK Häcken’s win over leaders Rosengård in the battle of the top two. Photo: Goteborgs-Posten.

Table: Svensk Fotboll

Round Nineteen Fixtures:

Rosengård v Linköping

BK Häcken v Vittsjö

KIF Örebro v Djurgården

Växjö v Piteå

Kristianstads v Eskilstuna United

Hammarby v AIK

ELITETTAN

Above: Lisa Dahlqvist – scorer of the last gasp goal for Umeå IK at IK Uppsala. Photo: Teller Report.

IK Uppsala’s poor run of results which has seen them drop from the top to now outside the promotion spots, continued with a 2-1 defeat at home to leaders Umeå IK in a game full of late drama. Marika Lundin gave the home side the lead with 10 minutes to play. But just two minutes later, Umeå levelled through Lisa Bjork and then into stoppage time at the end, Lisa Dahlqvist’s goal ensured all the points would go to the visitors, to the frustration of the 226 fans. Umeå’s lead at the top of the table is now eight points with five games to go. IFK Kalmar are second after a 3-1 win at bottom side Bollstanäs SK in front of 85 spectators. Tabby Tindell continued her excellent current run of scoring by putting Kalmar ahead just before the half hour mark and she added a second eight minutes into the second half. Andrea Thorisson made it 3-0 on the hour mark. Malin Engdahl got a consolation for Bollstanäs after 74 minutes. IF Brommapojkarna’s 2-1 win at home to Sundsvalls DFF ensured they stayed in the top three. It was Sundsvalls who went ahead just after the break thorugh Ebere Orji, but two goals in four minutes either side of the hour mark from Mathilda Prakt sent the 55 spectators home happy. Morön BK are fifth after coming from behind to win 2-1 at mid table Älvsjö AIK FF. Naomi Okhira put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes with Emma Viklund levelling with 11 minutes to play. Deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, Viklund popped up again to take the points to the frustration of the crowd of 70.

Latest Results: IK Uppsala 1-2 Umeå IK, Bollstanäs SK 1-3 IFK Kalmar, IF Brommapojkarna 2-1 Sundsvalls DFF, IFK Norrköping 3-1 Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal 3-0 Mallbackens IF Sunne, Alingsås FC United 4-2 Borgeby FB, Älvsjö AIK FF 1-2 Morön BK.

Next Fixtures: Umeå IK v IF Brommapojkarna, Borgeby FB v Bollstanäs SK, Lidköpings FK v IK Uppsala, Sundsvalls DFF v Alingsås FC United, Morön BK v IFK Norrköping, IFK Kalmar v Jitex Mölndal, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Älvsjö AIK FF

Table: UK Women’s Soccerway

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