Ben Gilby rounds up a busy week of Champions League, Damallsvenskan and Elitettan action plus some transfer news from Sweden.
Above: Hammarby’s Stockholm derby with AIK attracted a record Damallsvenskan crowd of 18,537. Photo: @_OBOSDamallsv
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS:
BK Häcken travelled to Bayern Munich for their second successive devilishly tough Champions League Group D tie on Thursday night. They suffered a nightmare start as Bayern went 2-0 up in the first 11 minutes thanks to two goals from Lea Schüller. It remained that way until deep into the second half when further strikes from Linda Dallmann and Jovana Damnjanović sealed Bayern’s 4-0 win. Häcken are bottom of the group after two games having lost previously 3-0 at Olympique Lyonnais who top the group with maximum points. Bayern Munich are second on four points with Benfica, who Häcken face in back to back encounters next, on one point.
The Stockholm derby between Hammarby and AIK drew a record crowd for a women’s club match in Sweden of 18,537 to the Tele2 Arena. The vast majority of the spectators went home happy as Hammarby kept their faint hopes of a top three place alive with a comfortable 4-1 win. Madelen Janogy put the home side in front with 20 minutes played. Three goals in seven second half minutes ultimately sealed the game. Alice Carlsson doubled Hammarby’s lead before Honaka Hayashi immediately reduced it to 2-1. Yet, Berglind Thorvaldsdottir ultimately decided the game when she put the hosts 3-1 ahead. Emma Jansson’s penalty with nine minutes left further extended the green and white’s lead.
BK Häcken, who got back in the title race last week were immensely frustrated to drop points at home to Vittsjö after the game ended goalless in front of 663.
Rosengård took advantage to pull five points clear of Häcken after they came from behind to record a 2-1 win over rapidly fading Linköping. The visitors went ahead after just nine minutes thanks to Uchenna Kanu. The lead lasted for just under 20 minutes when Olivia Schough’s free kick levelled the scores. Sanne Troelsgaard’s strike three minutes from half-time earned the points to the delight of the 1,586 fans.
KIF Örebro won the battle of two sides in lower mid table when they saw off Djurgården 1-0 thanks to Wilma Ohman’s goal after just five minutes in front of 934 supporters.
The battle of two of the bottom three sides – Växjö and Piteå, went the way of cellar dwellers Växjö who, in doing so, picked up their first win of the campaign with just three games to go. Nellie Karlsson’s strike after 52 minutes earned the victory which kept their exceptionally slim survival hopes alive for another week to the joy of the gathered 294 fans.
Kristianstads kept their hopes of third place alive after they defeated Eskilstuna United 2-0. Anna Welin and Miranda Nild hit second half goals in front of 492 spectators. This win cut the gap between the two sides to just three points.
Round Twenty Fixtures:
Linköping v Växjö
Vittsjö v Hammarby
Djurgården v Kristianstads
AIK v BK Häcken
Piteå v Rosengård
Eskilstuna United v KIF Örebro
Umeå IK clinched promotion to the Damallsvenskan and are virtually assured of the title after a 6-2 thrashing of in form third placed IF Brommapojkarna. In front of an impressive crowd of 588, Umeå raced into a 3-0 lead with just nine minutes on the clock thanks to goals from Olivia Holm, Lisa Dahlkvist and Monica Bah. Mathilda Johansson got a goal back on 34 minutes, but within 120 seconds, the hosts re-established their three goal advantage after Vilma Koivisto’s strike. Klara Andrup brought Bromma back to within to goals just after the break, but a second goal from Bah six minutes into the second period settled matters once and for all. The win puts them eight points clear at the top of the table with four games to play. IFK Kalmar went four points clear in second after a routine 3-0 win over Jitex Mölndal. Ohphelia Medhammar put Kalmar ahead just before the quarter hour mark with Tabby Tindell continuing her recent red hot goal scoring form to make it 2-0 just before half-time. Minnie Asperot netted the third with 24 minutes left which ensured the majority of the 148 fans gathered went home happy. IK Uppsala’s continuing slump continued as lost 2-0 at Lidköpings FK. Dorothea Gruelich and Elizabeth Pechersky were on target in front of 100 spectators. At the foot of the table, second bottom Borgeby FB kept alive their slim survival hopes after a dramatic 4-3 win at home to cellar-dwellers Bollstanäs SK. Simone Edefall gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes, but two goals in a nine minute period put Borgeby ahead thanks to Saga Ollerstam and Erica Welin. Malin Engdahl levelled in first half stoppage time. The twists and turns continued in the second period as once more Borgeby went ahead with Nova Karlsson’s strike but were then pegged back by Linda Niemenen. The decisive goal came fifteen minutes from time from Sofia Anker-Kofoed to the delight of the 95 fans. Bollstanäs are relegated.
Latest Results: Umeå IK 6-2 IF Brommapojkarna, Borgeby FB 4-3 Bollstanäs SK, Lidköpings FK 2-0 IK Uppsala, Sundsvalls DFF 0-1 Alingsås FC United, Morön BK 1-2 IFK Norrköping, IFK Kalmar 3-0 Jitex Mölndal, Mallbackens IF Sunne 4-2 Älvsjö AIK FF
Next Fixtures: IK Uppsala v IK Brommapojkarna, Jitex Mölndal v Umeå IK, Mallbackens IF Sunne v Sundsvalls DFF, Borgeby FB v IFK Kalmar, Älvsjö AIK FF v Alingsås FC United, Bollstanäs SK v IFK Norrköping, Morön BK v Lidköpings FK.
Tove Enblom has extended her contract with KIF Örebro. The new deal runs until the end of the 2022 season.
Hammarby’s Jonna Andersson has left the club to join Cypriot club Apollon Ladies.