Match-day 18: 10 player Göteborg defeats Djurgården
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Lina Nilsson, Emma Wilhelmsson, Therese Jönsson, Jenny Engwall - Nanna Johansen (69 Emma Stålhammar), Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Frida Nordin - Therese Lundin, Asthildur Helgadottir
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Marie-Louise Skålberg, Frida Östberg, Charlotte Rohlin, Maria Lindström (65 Maria Aronsson) - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Caroline Seger, Tiffeny Milbrett - Ann Westermark, Maria Karlsson, Josefine Öqvist
Goals: 1-0 Asthildur Helgadottir (26 PK), 1-1 Tiffeny Milbrett (37), 2-1 Asthildur Helgadottir (55), 2-2 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (64)
Two evenly matched teams met in a fairly entertaining match - 11 of the starters are currently on their national team squads. Malmö had more initiative in the first half, their combinations and short-passing worked out well. Speedy winger Nanna Johansen found her way around Linköping's defense several times and when left back Maria Lindström was left behind after some 25 minutes she found no other solution than to bring Johansen down. And Nanna can do a really good-looking fall. Asthildur Helgadottir made no mistake with the penalty kick. But not long after Linköping got i free-kick and could equalise, Milbrett scoring on a rebound from Malmö keeper Caroline Jönsson. Jönsson was hit in the stomach during her clearing attempt and lied on the ground for several minutes, but could continue.
Linköping came out strong in the second half, making good use of Josefine Öqvist's speed, and beginning to take control in midfield. But Malmö's balls over the midfield to Helgadottir and Lundin were always dangerous. Malmö's second goal was a beautifull piece of cooperation between them, ended with a heel-pass from Lundin to Helgadottir. Malmö's young defense still feels immature and they sometimes had huge problems clearing the ball out of the area. This showed on both Linköping goals, the second also from a free-kick, where Linköping won back the ball after every Malmö clearing attempt.
Player of the match awards went to Therese Sjögran (today working at least as much in defense as in offense) and Linköping's defender Charlotte Rohlin (could be a national team player if the competition for centre defense position wasn't so hard) and rightly so. They both showed compusure and control and never fell for the temptation to just kick the ball away.
Sydsvenskan: Inget guld för MFF:s damer heller
Corren: Oavgjort i Malmö en besvikelse för LFC
Djurgården/Älvsjö - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 2 - 3 (1-3)
Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Sara Thunebro, Therese Brogårde, Jane Törnqvist, Dorte Dalum Jensen (46 Annemarie Norlin) - Linda fagerström, Anna Hall, Katrine Pedersen (46 Elin EKblom), Kristin Bengtsson - Laura Kalmari, Victoria Svensson
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Marlene Sjöberg, Frida Höglund, Sofia Dammström, Maria Nilsson - Emmelie Farfa, Lisa Ek (46 Frida Thydén), Jessica Julin, Camilla Schelin (55 Red card) - Lotta Schelin, Sara Lindén (52 Rebecca Ljungdahl)
Goals: 0-1 Sara Lindén (6), 0-2 Lotta Schelin (11), 0-3 Lotta Schelin (38), 1-3 Victoria Svensson (42), 2-3 Elin Ekblom (48)
Three goals for Göteborg in less than 40 minutes, Lotta Schelin behind all of them. That was enough to throw Djurgården severly off balance. Göteborg spent much of the remainder of the match defending, and defending fiercly. Djurgården had a constant pressure on Göteborg the second half, the more after Camilla Schelin was shown off the field following her second yellow, and created a lot of corners, free-kicks and other opportunities but without result. This was Djurgården's third disappointing performance in a row.
Djurgården: Förlust mot Kopparbergs/Göteborg
Qbik - Jitex BK 1 - 1 (0-0)
Jitex: Kristin Luckenbill - Sofia Lindorsson, Amelie Rybeck, Emma Herbring, Caroline Lindblad - Therese Björk, Malin Normelli, Leah Robinson, Therese Bjurenlind - Katie Eriksson, Sara Sjöstedt
Goals: 1-0 Maureen Mmadu (52), 1-1 Leah Robinson (89)
The could-be relegation deciding match ended in a draw, that probably disappointed both sides, but Qbik the most. Qbik had a 1-0 lead, seemingly controlling the match and not really bothered by Jitex sparse attacks. But still, when the game was almost over, they made a crucial miss in marking and communication in the defense and the match ended with Qbik's 9th draw this season.
Värmlands Folkblad: Här grusas Maureens segerdröm...
Sunnanå SK - Mallbackens IF 2 - 0 (1-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Kicki Viklund (90 Amanda Stenerkrans) - Maria Nordbrandt (83 Johanna Lindahl) , Anna Bodén, Sanna Frostevall, Alexandra Nilsson (73 Carro Marklund) - Madde Edlund, Lina Johansson
Goals: 1-0 Madelene Edlund (18), 2-0 Sanna Frostevall (77)
Sunnanå won without impressing. When Madelene Edlund scored from a chance ball and gave her team the lead, Sunnanå's defense with Hanna Marklund and Rebecca Smith dominated the match. Mallbacken didn't manage to create much forward and Sunnanå's chances come mostly from Mallbacken's mistakes.
Norra Västerbotten: Mallbacken bjöd inte Sunnanå på motstånd
Värmlands Folkblad: "Vi behöver sju-åtta poäng för nytt kontrakt"
Does MFF have any chance to come in #2 this season, and also, Is Jane T. out of the national team for good now? She was not on the last 2 rosters.
If Malmö had defeated Linköping, it would have been really interesting, with only 2 points between them and DIF. And the two teams will be meeting the second last round.
Jane have been having some injury problems the last years and coach Dennerby seems partial to Hanna Marklund/Stina Segerström. And Karolina Westberg is top challenger. Personally, I don't think Jane will go to China.
Ouch... she's my favorite and all... IMO, Segerström can't hold a candle to Jane, but I suppose a player not in her 30s is a slightly more progressive choice *sigh*
Very depressing about JT if true. I haven't seen any defensive player yet to match her for smarts.