Damallsvenskan round III: Umeå gives Linköping third straight defeat
Linköping: Jenny Olsson - Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Frida Östberg - Ann Westermark (74 Maria Karlsson), Caroline Seger, Petra Larsson (57 Faith Ikidi), Maureen Mmadu - Maria Aronsson (69 Tiffeny Milbrett), Josefine Öqvist
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg, Maria Bergkvist - Elaine Moura, Lisa Dahlqvist (58 Hanna Ljungberg), Lise Klaveness (78 June Pedersen), Marta da Silva - Ma Xiaoxu (88 Erika Karlsson), Madelaine Edlund
Goals: 0-1 Hanna Ljungberg (66), 0-2 Madelaine Edlund (87)
A tight first half, where none of the sides managed to create much was followed by more of the same in the second. Still, Umeå managed to get the necessary goals. A nice cooperation between Hanna Ljungberg and Madeleine Edlund made the first (the Swedish FA's site gives the goal to Ljungberg, so I'm sticking with that, even if it looks like it was edlund from the video. And from what Hanna says) and young Norwegian June Pedersen served Edlund a great cross to head in shortly before the end. In front of a big crowd, that could have deserved a better match, defenders Frisk and Westberg impressed most in Umeå while hard-working Öqvist and Östberg looked good for Linköping. There were also two casualties from the match - Linköping's Petra Larsson had to leave with a muscle rupture in the thigh and will be out of action for a few weeks while Umeå's successfull striker Madelaine Edlund crashed with Linköping goalie Jenny Olsson just before the final whistle and had to limp off the pitch.
"When Linköping are not doing good", Umeå coach André Jeglertz said, "they have problems finding a rhytm in their play. And I think you could notice that tey felt the pressure meeting us, coming from two defeats". Linköping's Daneil Pettersson agreed somewhat, all the talk about gold, even if it hasn't been by themselves, has put a pressure on the players that they've had problems coping with. But he still regarded the match against Umeå as a big step forward compared with last week against Falköping. This while Jeglertz found relief in that they won in spite of never playing really good.
Corren: Stryk igen ? och nu är LFC sist, Ny Larsson skadad
Aftonbladet: Linköpings kris fördjupad
Expressen: Carola Söberg fick sin revansch efter Womens Cup
Västerbottens Folkblad: Madelaine Edlund sänkte Linköping
Västerbottenskuriren: Matchhjälten missar finalen
SVT: match clip
TV4: match clip
Sunnanå - Djurgården 1 - 1 (0-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Magdalena Esseryd - Anna Bodén, Kristina Wiklund, Maria Nordbrandt (86 Mirjam Marklund), Sanna Frostevall - Lina Johansson (75 Maja Johansson), Alexandra Nilsson (68 Carina Holmberg)
Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Sara Thunebro, Jane Törnqvist, Therese Brogårde, Dorte Dalum Jensen - Elin Ekblom, Ariane Hingst, Anna Hall (68 Annemarie Norlin), Kristin Bengtsson - Victoria Svensson, Emma Lundh (75 Anna Lagerberth)
Goals: 0-1 Ariane Hingst (52), 1-1 Sanna Frostevall (79)
A disappointing result for Djurgården, that really thought they had the match in their hands. But scoring on Sunnanå can be a problem, the more when defenders Marklund and Smith has a good day. But finally Djurgården's pressure paid off Ariane Hingst could head in the ball, converting a Sara Thunebro corner-kick. But just 10 minutes from the end Sunnanå's fullback Sandra Berggren took an offensive run and managed to create her team's first corner. Anna Bodén placed the ball perfectly to a free-standing Sanna Frostevall.
Djurgården's coach Benny Persson was disappointed with the result: "We should have won this. We had three or four really good chances that we should have scored on", while Sunnanå celebrated the result like a win.
Norra Västerbotten: Hörnan gav skrällpoäng mot favoriten
Västerbottens Folkblad: Premiär som gav mersmak för Sunnanå
You can always find match results and the current standings at http://www.damfakta.se/.
I see LFC have picked up another Lasson injury - this time concerning Petra Larsson.
This injuries are rubbing salt into LFC wounds, if it's not enough that the team are performing badly they are getting more than their fair share of injuries thus far.