Ben Gilby rounds up another busy week of action in Sweden with Champtions League, the final round of the Damallsvenskan, the penultimate weekend of the Elitettan and transfer news 13/11/21.
Above: BK Häcken celebrate after Elin Rubensson’s penalty sealed a midweek win in Portugal over Benfica in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Photo: @_OBOSDamallsv
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS:
BK Häcken reignited their hopes of making the Quarter-Finals with an excellent 1-0 away win against Benfica. Elin Rubensson’s penalty after 76 minutes was the difference. This result, combined with Bayern Munich’s loss in Lyon means that Häcken are now only a single point behind the second-placed German giants. This, plus the fact that they play two of their remaining three matches at home means that there is real positivity for the Swedish side. Speaking after the game, Robert Vilahamn, BK Häcken’s head coach said: “It was a good and tough game, two good teams and I think we succeeded with our pressing game. We deserved to win, but they were good as well. Now it’s alive in the group, we meet Benfica next week again and if we can go from that, we can go after Bayern next. Benfica played like I expected them to do. The level was good, but I knew we had good players, had a good game plan that worked, so it was nice.”
Champions Rosengård ended a memorable season on a positive note with a 2-0 win at Djurgården. Two goals in the opening half-hour from Olivia Schough and Mimmi Larsson enabled Rosengård to record their 18th win in 22 games in front of 842 fans.
BK Häcken finished second despite another loss, 3-2 at Eskilstuna United. Felicia Rogic put the hosts ahead after 26 minutes, but Stine Larsen and Mille Jensen overturned this. Yet there was late drama as Eskilstuna netted twice in a spell of four minutes at the death with Rogic hitting both to complete a hat-trick to the delight of the 789 supporters.
Kristianstads gained the win they needed to finish third, with a 2-1 win at Piteå who finish one off the bottom. Alice Nilsson’s goal on 19 minutes put the visitors on their way, but their lead only lasted four minutes before Katrina Guillou levelled. The winning goal came with 23 minutes remaining thanks to Amanda Edgren’s strike with 339 spectators watching.
Linköping guaranteed a top-six spot with a 2-0 win at home to AIK. Uchenna Kanu scored both goals in a fifteen-minute spell after the break to the delight of a crowd of 855.
Växjö ended a difficult season which saw them finish bottom with a 2-0 loss at home to Hammarby. Both goals came in the first half, with Madelen Janogy and Emilia Larsson on target in front of 316 fans. The home side won only two games during the campaign.
Vittsjö finished fifth after a stunning 8-2 success over KIF Örebro. The hosts built a 5-0 lead thanks to strikes from Sandra Odolfsson, Clare Polkinghorn, Fernanda da Silva, Tove Almqvist and Clara Markstedt. Elli Pikkujämsä hit back for Örebro with 56 minutes played. Vittsjö re-established their five-goal lead when Michelle de Jongh netted. Jessie Scarpa got another back for the visitors before late goals from De Jongh and Markstedt completed the rout to the joy of 443 fans.
Final Table 2021:
In the penultimate round of matches, Umeå IK moved 13 points clear at the top of the table after a 2-0 win at already relegated Bollstanäs SK. Vilma Koivisto and Patrycja Jerzak were on target whilst 72 people looked on. After confirming their promotion last week, IFK Kalmar slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to lowly IFK Norrköping. Sabina Ravnell and Lovisa Gustafsson scored in front of 177 spectators. IK Uppsala will go into their last match of the season in the final promotion spot after a 1-0 win at Mallbackens IF Sunne. Ida Stromblad’s strike after 35 minutes was the difference in front of 146 fans. IK Brommapojkarna could still pip Uppsala for a place in the Damallsvenskan on the final day after a 2-1 win at Jitex Mölndal. Frida Boriero put Bromma ahead on 67 minutes, but Tindra Lidstrom levelled eight minutes from time. However, just as the visitors’ promotion hopes looked to be going up in smoke, Klara Andrup netted. Brommapojkarna know they need a better result than Uppsala in the last match to go up. With Uppsala holding the upper hand on goal difference by eight, they will rely on a favour from Jitex Mölndal who travel to Uppsala. Bromma are home to lower mid-table Älvsjö AIK FF. Lidköpings FK’s remaining chance of a Damallsvenskan spot ended after a 2-1 loss at Alingsås FC United. Evelyn Ijeh gave the visitors the lead, but goals from Stine Jensen and Alma Oberg ended Lidköpings’s dreams.
Latest Results: Bollstanäs SK 0-2 Umeå IK, IFK Kalmar 0-2 IFK Norrköping, Alingsås FC United 2-1 Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal 1-2 IK Brommapojkarna, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-1 IK Uppsala, Älvsjö AIK FF 0-1 Sundsvalls DFF, Borgeby FK 1-3 Morön BK
Next Fixtures: IK Brommapojkarna v Älvsjö AIK FF, IFK Norrköping v Alingsås FC United, IK Uppsala v Jitex Mölndal, Lidköpings FK v Borgeby FK, Morön BK v Bollstanäs SK, Sundsvalls DFF v IFK Kalmar, Umeå IK v Mallbackens IF Sunne.
Kristianstad will add IFK Kalmar’s hotshot striker Tabby Tindell for their squad for the 2022 season. Tindell was a key player in Kalmar’s promotion to the Damallsvenskan this campaign. Kristianstad has also been strongly linked with Tindell’s Kalmar teammate Klara Rybrink.
Linköping has signed Nelli Karlsson from Växjö and also announced that Ronja Aronsson will leave them, with her new destination unclear.
Announcing their retirement from the game this week are Hammarby‘s Norwegian full-back June Pedersen, Linköping‘s Petra Johansson Eskilstuna United‘s goalkeeper Emelie Lundberg