Swedish Cup: Umeå to play Linköping in cup final

Umeå - KIF Örebro  5 -1 (4-1)
Umeå:  Sofia Lundgren - Anna Paulson, Johanna Frisk, Sanna Valkonen, Emma Berglund - Lisa Dahlqvist, Anne Mäkinen (46 Elaine), Malin Moström - Anna Sjöström, Hanna Ljungberg (50 Erika Karlsson), Marta (46 Lise Klaveness)
Goals: 1-0 Marta (3), 2-0 Hanna Ljungberg (12), 3-0 Malin Moström (19), 4-0 Hanna Ljungberg (29), 4-1 Emelia Erixon (40), 5-1 Lisa Dahlqvist (58)
A cold and rainy evening, but Umeå made one of their best performances this season, with a virtual exhibition of a versatile and inventive attacking game. Örebro was more out-played than when they visited Umeå last week. In the second half the game was a bit more subdued, as Umeå substituted several key players.

Umeå's victory means that the Swedish FA will look for another date, and possibly venue, for the cup final. The original Nevember 11 date will crash with Umeå's possible semifinal match in UEFA Women's Cup the same weekend, and, seriously, noone expects them go lose their quarters to Saestum.

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Linköping - Kopparbergs/Göteborg  4 - 3 (2-2)
Linköping:  Hedvig Lindahl - Frida Östberg, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Charlotte Rohlin, Maria Karlsson - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Caroline Seger, Tiffeny Milbrett (90 Karin Lindström) - Ann Westermark, Maria Aronsson (78 Petra Larsson), Josefine Öqvist (80 Sandra Landberg)
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Maria Nilsson, Sofia Dammström, Frida Höglund, Marlene Sjöberg - Camilla Schelin, Lisa Ek, Salina Olsson, Emmelie Farfa - Sara Lindén, Lotta Schelin
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist (10), 2-0 Tiffeny Milbrett (25), 2-1 Frida Höglund (30), 2-2 Lotta Schelin (45), 3-2 Ann Westermark (48), 4-2 Josefine Öqvist (52), 4-3 Sara Lindén (90)                   
The Linköping players were all smiles after the match. Winning a spot in the Swedish Cup final is not only the young club's greatest achievement so far, but the greatest achievement for any Linköping football team ever, male or female.

Linköping opened strong with a creative and aggressive play and, their trademark, a lot of running forward with the ball and early on took what seemed a convincimg lead. But a goalkeeper mistake gave Göteborg the opportunity to reduce and yet another Lotta Schelin goal made it even. But Linköping came out for the second half in the same spirit as they started the first. Their wing forwards Ann Westermark and Josefine Öqvist both had a great day and together with midfielders Seger and Milbrett they made the difference. But Göteborg never gave up. After Sara Lindén made it 4-3, Linköping's goal was under constant pressure the 5 extratime minutes.

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