Ben Gilby rounds up the news from Sweden over the past fortnight.
Above: Sweden’s squad pictured during the penalty shoot-out at the Olympic Final against Canada. Photo: Getty Images
Sweden announced a 25-player squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifying ties away to the Republic of Ireland and a friendly in Scotland on Tuesday.
The squad is largely similar to the one that opened their qualification campaign for Australia/New Zealand 2023 in September. The only changes see Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and Julia Zigiotti Olme coming into the squad for Kosovare Asllani and Julia Roddar.
Thursday’s qualifier at Tallaght Stadium saw Sweden dominant but only run out 1-0 winners after a goal in the 36th minutes. Filippa Angeldahl found Stina Blackstenius on the left and the BK Häcken star cut inside and hit a shot that deflected into the net.
The Olympic silver medallists couldn’t quite get their offensive game going and therefore did not manage a second goal.
Squad: Jennifer Falk (BK Häcken), Hedvig Lindahl (Atletico Madrid), Zecira Musovic (Chelsea), Magda Eriksson (Chelsea), Jonna Andersson (Chelsea), Emma Berglund (Rosengård), Nathalie Bear (Everton), Nilla Fischer (Linköping), Hana Glas (Bayern Munich), Amanda Ilestedt (Paris St. Germain), Emma Kullberg (BK Häcken), Elin Rubensson (BK Häcken), Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City), Anna Anvegård (Everton), Stina Blackstenius (BK Häcken), Rebecka Blomqvist (VfL Wolfsburg), Filippa Curmark (BK Häcken), Lina Hurtig (Juventus), Sofia Jakobsson (Bayern Munich), Madelen Janogy (Hammarby), Fridolina Rolfö (Barcelona), Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (BK Häcken), Olivia Schough (Rosengård), Julia Zigiotti Olme (BK Häcken).
More dropped points from BK Häcken away to AIK ended their Damallsvenskan title hopes. The 0-0 draw in front of 247 at the Solna-based side’s Skytteholms home ensured that this scoreline, plus Rosengård’s victory at Piteå guaranteed that the league title went to Rosengård with two rounds still to play.
The new champions had a real battle on their hands against the strugglers. Olivia Schough put Rosengård ahead after eight minutes, but within ten minutes Anam Imo levelled. Stefanie Sanders put the visitors back into the lead. Ten minutes into the second half, back came Piteå as Sofia Wannadahl made it 2-2. Sanders’ second strike 12 minutes from the end was the title clincher in front of 562 fans.
KIF Örebro kept their hopes of a top-five spot alive after an impressive 2-1 win at Eskilstuna United, a result which dented the hosts’ hopes of a third-placed finish. Paulina Nyström gave Eskilstuna the lead but it only lasted six minutes before Sanna Kullberg levelled the scores. Örebro sealed the points five minutes into stoppage time thanks to Amanda Rantanen’s goal. The gathered crowd of 701 went home frustrated.
Kristianstads took advantage of Eskilstuna’s loss to move up to third after a 4-1 win at Djurgården in front of 1,264 fans. Anna Welin put Kristianstads ahead with nine minutes on the clock. Svendis Jonsdottir doubled their advantage just before the break. It got better still for the visitors as Eveliina Summanan made it 3-0 after 58 minutes. Sara Olai grabbed a consolation for the Stockholm-based hosts. Jutta Rantala completed the scoring a minute from the end for Kristianstads.
Vittsjö gained a crucial three points in their pursuit of a top-four place with a 3-1 against Hammarby who have similar aspirations. Australian international Clare Polkinghorne put the home side ahead just before the half-hour mark with Tove Almqvist doubling the advantage four minutes later. Mie Jans made it 3-0 on the 57th-minute mark to the delight of the 585 spectators. June Pedersen got a late consolation for the Stockholm-based visitors.
Linköping’s poor run of form ended in some style by thrashing bottom club Växjö 5-0 at home– a result which relegated the visitors. There were an incredible four goals in just 12 minutes from the half-hour mark onwards. Yuka Momiki, Alva Selerud, Heidi Ellingsen and Uchenna Kanu were all on target. Amalie Vangsgaard completed the scoring two minutes after the break to the delight of over 800 fans.
The Damallsvenkan now takes a week’s break due to international matches. It recommences on 30th October with the following fixtures:
Round Twenty-One Fixtures:
AIK v Vittsjö
Hammarby v Linköping
Kristianstads v Växjö
BK Häcken v Djurgården
KIF Örebro v Piteå
Rosengård v Eskilstuna United
Umeå IK need just one point from their final three games to win the title. They won 2-0 at Jitex Mölndal last weekend thanks to two goals in seven minutes near the end of the first half. Alexandra Sandstrom and Henna-Riikka Honkanen on target. IFK Kalmar are within touching distance of the Damallsvenskan too after a 4-0 win at Borgeby FB – a result which relegated the home side. Amanda Persson put Kalmar ahead after 11 minutes. Minnie Asperot’s goal after 56 minutes, plus two from prolific Tabby Tindell in the final ten minutes completed the rout. IK Uppsala climbed back into the promotion spots after a vital 3-1 win over fellow challengers IK Brommapojkarna in front of a bumper home crowd of 1,013. Angelina Thoresen put the hosts ahead after just two minutes. Marika Lundin added the second in stoppage time at the end of the game. Bromma now drop out of the promotion slots into fourth, on goal difference from Uppsala. Fifth-placed Lidköpings FK hopes of a Damallsvenskan spot are just about still alive after gaining a 3-0 at Morön BK who are sixth. Elizabeth Pechersky gave Lidköpings the lead with ten minutes on the clock. Emilia Bengtsson doubled their lead just before the half hour mark. Silvia Leonessi grabbed the third in stoppage time at the end of the game.
Latest Results: IK Uppsala 3-1 IK Brommapojkarna, Jitex Mölndal 0-2 Umeå IK, Mallbackens IF Sunne 1-0 Sundsvalls DFF, Borgeby FB 0-4 IFK Kalmar, Älvsjö AIK FF 2-1 Alingsås FC United, Bollstanäs SK 2-4 IFK Norrköping, Morön BK 0-3 Lidköpings FK.
Next Fixtures (Weekend of 29th October): Umeå IK v Morön BK, Sundsvalls DFF v Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United v Bollstanäs SK, Lidköpings FK v Älvsjö AIK FF, IK Brommapojkarna v Mallbackens IF Sunne, IFK Kalmar v Borgeby FB.
Clare Polkinghorne and Sabrina D ‘Angelo have extended their contracts with Vittsjö for another season.
Jenna Helmstrom has signed a new deal with KIF Örebro.
BK Häcken‘s head coach Mats Gren has left the club and has been replaced by Robert Vilahamn, previously assistant. The club’s recent form has been very disappointing and has seen them lose the Damallsvenskan title race to Rosengård