Kristianstad wins relegation decider over Umeå Södra
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Djurgårdens IF 3 - 4 (1-1)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Amelie Rybeck, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Hallstenson, Marlene Sjöberg (77 Camilla Schelin) - Emmelie Farfa (69 Sofie Andersson), Ingvild Stensland, Lisa Ek, Johanna Almgren - Linnea Liljegärd, Sara Lindén
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Malin Engdahl, Ariane Hingst, Therese Brogårde, Anna Hall - Sara Thunebro, Victoria Svensson, Femke Maes, Marijke Callebaut (86 Mia Jakerud) - Linda Forsberg (69 Jennifer Meier), Linda Sällström (83 Anna Lagerberth)
Goals: 0-1 Linda Forsberg (41), 1-1 Linnea Liljegärd (44), 2-1 Johanna Almgren (46), 2-2 Sara Thunebro (61), 2-3 Sara Thunebro (70), 2-4 Jennifer Meier (75), 3-4 Sara Lindén (93)
Göteborg vs Djurgården matches are often enjoyable, high-scoring affairs. This time too. Djurgården was the stronger on the pitch, dominating midfield, but Göteborg, with Ingvild Stensland as the new team captain, showed that even without Lotta Schelin, there is great scoring ability. The 1-1 goal was a little beauty with Linnea Liljegärd acting in Schelin's usual role, moving on a perfect pass from behind and running away from the defense to score. But Djurgården seemed heavier as a team, their new Swedish-Belgian midfield impressing with Sara Thunebro excelling in Elin Ekblom's old right outside position, scoring twice to turn the match around. And four goals in one match is a season record for Djurgården, that has had big problems finding the net this season.
Dagens Nyheter: Stockholmare starkast i Göteborg
Göteborgsposten: Förlust trots tre mål framåt
SVT: a Lotta Schelin interview and match clips from the evening sports news, 3:55 into the video
Kristianstads DFF - Umeå Södra FF 2 - 0 (1-0)
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson, Efiome Dieke, Kia McNeil (79 Pernilla Falk), Carolin Ericsson - Angelique Sandberg, Therese Björck, Sofie Persson, Johanna Rosén - Frida Petersson (93 Vlora Bajraktaraj), Erla Arnardòttir
Umeå Södra: Minna Meriluoto - Ragna Lestander (82 Anna Forss), Fanta Cooper, Kristin Åberg, Anna Rehn - Victoria Forsmark (73 Terese Andersson), Hanna Folkesson, Emma Sundberg, Nicole Cross - Vanessa Mångsén (72 Linda Fransson), Jennifer Nobis
Goals: 1-0 Carolin Ericsson (33), 2-0 Frida Pettersson (66)
There might not be any really "must-win" matches when one third of the matches remains to be played, but for relegation threatened Umeå Södra and Kristianstad it still must have seemed like that. A win for Umeå Södra would take them over the relegation line at Kristianstad's expense.
The importance of the match might have weighed more on the guests, because Kristianstad seemed to direct the pace already from the early minutes. They were more aggressive, tougher in one-on-ones, taking more runs and shooting better. After Carolin Ericsson's goal, from a corner kick, the difference between the team's seemed to grow. Umeå Södra seemed to have hard to make the right decisions, playing too short or too long passes and making mistimed runs. When Frida Pettersson a little bit after the one hour mark scored in her typical manner, running on a long pass, the result was pretty much set.
After the win Kristianstad has four points down to Umeå Södra and one of the relegation spots. That is by no means a secure distance, but it was definitely an important step to secure another season in Damallsvenskan.
Kristianstadsbladet: KDFF vinst mot Umeå
Västerbottenskuriren: Södra föll i måste-matchen
Norra Skåne: Ett kliv mot nytt kontrakt
Umeå defeats Örebro, closes in on league leaders Linköping
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg, Frida Östberg - Mami Yamaguchi (88 Emelie Konradsson), Lisa Dahlkvist, Hanna Ljungberg (57 Emma Åberg Zingmark) - Ramona Bachmann (62 Johanna Rasmussen), Madeleine Edlund, Marta
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Susanna Lehtinen, Marina Pettersson, Sanna Valkonen, Marie Hammarström (89 Marie Stålberg) - Kim Ekebom (77 Hanna Pettersson), Stina Segerström, Ingrid Ericsson (66 Leena Puranen), Caroline Näfver - Lena Andersson, Elin Magnusson
Goals: 1-0 Karolina Westberg (11), 2-0 Mami Yamaguchi (16), 3-0 Marta (85)
A somewhat rusty Umeå did what was expected of them and defeated guesting Kif Örebro. Kariolina Westberg opened the score-sheet already after a few minutes, heading in a cornerkick from Marta. Shortly after Mami Yamaguchi followed up, catching a rebound from Örebro's Kristin Hammarström, otherwise doing really good. After that Umeå seemed to fall back a bit and let Örebro in the match. Karolina Westberg was a bit disappointed that her team couldn't keep their play up for 90 minutes: "We haven't been playing for a long time and everybody should be on their toes". Marta finished off the match with a goal in the last minutes.
Hanna Ljungberg started, still not perfectly fit after her injury problems, but good for 60 minutes. She played in an offensive midfield position, which she liked.
Umeå's win put them two points after league leaders Linköping after 14 matches for both teams. They will meet in Linköping on Wednesday in an early league final.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Westbergs revansch
Västerbottenskuriren: Spelsugen Westberg visade vägen
SVT: a match clip 3:05 in to the sport evening news.
AIK - Sunnanå SK 1 - 0 (0-0)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Linda Lekander - Elin Ekblom Bak, Jessica Julin (59 Annika Sjölund), Anne Mäkinen, Laura Kalmari, Emma Lundh (76 Emelie Karlsson Wedin) - Lisa De Vanna
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Alexandra Nilsson, Sanna Frostevall, Rebecca Smith, Magdalena Esseryd - Anna Bodén (11 Matidla Forslund), Perpetua Nkwocha, Josefin Johansson, Carina Holmberg (67 Sandra Berggren) - Mirjam Marklund, Lina Johansson (56 Lisa Renberg)
Goals: 1-0 Kisa De Vanna (84)
Sunnanå lost midfielder Anna Bodén to a knee injury early in the first half, but still managed to keep AIK fairly harmless through most iof the match. In the second half they even dominated and Perpetua Nkwocha was behind a couple of good opportunities for Sunnanå to take the lead. But the match was decided in AIK's favour when a long ball directly from goalkeeper Sofia Lundgren reached Lisa De Vanna, who escaped her defenders and chipped the ball over Sunnanå's Åsa Berglund.
Dagens Nyheter: De Vanna förde upp AIK till tredjeplats
Västerbottens Folkblad: Stjärnan sänkte Sunnanå
Norra VÄsterbotten: Bodén skadad när Sunnanå föll mot AIK
Easy win for Malmö over Hammarby
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Dora Stefansdottir, Christina Örntoft (76 Lina Nilsson), Emma Wilhelmsson, Nera Smajic - Frida Nordin (69 Therese Lundin), Nilla Fischer (69 Emma Stålhammar), Therese Sjögran, Pavlina Scasna - Maria Aronsson, Manon Melis
Hammarby: Kathrin Lehmann - Matilda Agné, Karin Lissel, Elin Sölveskog, Anna Lindblom - Jennie Jonsson (75 Therese Dahlberg), Madeleine Tegström - Hodan Siid-Ahmed (53 Lisa Björkvik), Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Kristin Bengtsson (66 Annica Svensson) - Andrea Comaneci
Goals: 1-0 Manon Melis (32), 2-0 Maria Aronsson (53), 3-0 Maria Aronsson (60), 4-0 Manon Melis (93)
Hammarby's Swiss goalkeeper Kathrin Lehmann saved her team from a fate like what they suffered against Malmö in their home 0-7 loss to Malmö in April. In the first ten minutes she was forced to three really good saves while Hammarby's attacking was almost non-existent. Malmö continued to create opportunities throughout the first half, often with Pavlina Scasna opening Hammarby's defense on the right side. It still took half an hour before Damallsvenskan's leading goalscorer Manon Melis could give Malmö the lead with a fairly surprising shot from the edge of the area when Hammarby just had cleared a much more dangerous looking situation.
Hammarby managed to push up more in the second half and spend more time in Malmö's defensive third, but lacked edge in finishing. In spite of facing better opposition, Malmö scored three times in the second: a Maria Aronsson header from Nilla Fischer's assist, Aronsson scoring again in an open goal as Lehmann had ventured too far out and in the final seconds Melis running on a pass from Emma Stålhammar.
The pitch was wet and slippery, which accounts for a lot of falls and probably two Malmö substitutions, first Nilla Fischer in what looked like a better-safe-than-sorry substitution after lying on the ground for a while and then Danish defender Christina Örtoft with a nose-bleed from another unintentioned run-in.
Mainly nice play from both sides, very little un-addressed long balls and a lot of nice passing combinations. Hammarby's small (maybe ten people) but very vocal and untiring group of fans also impressed, singing and chanting for 90 minutes.
Sydsvenskan: Enkel seger för LDB FC Malmö
Damallsvenskan restarts with Bälinge defeat
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Emma Lindqvist, Natalie Spilger, Nina Engström, Karolina Mats - Julia Lyckberg (79 Jenny Jansson), Lisa Lantz, Julia Bhy (58 Alexandra Höglund), Emilia Appelqvust - Katri Nokso-Koivisto (50 Sarah Storck), Noelle Keselica
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Linda Sembrabt, Fruida Höglund, Jessica Julin (51 Kate Gill) - Elin Ekblom Bak, Anne Mäkinen, Laura Kalmari (76 Annica Sjölund), Louise Fors (62 Emelie Karlsson Wedin) - Lisa De Vanna, Emma Lundh
Goals: 0-1 Linda Sembrant (10), 0-2 Emma Lundh (12), 0-3 Lisa De Vanna (93)
In then first match after the long break for the Olympic games, Bälinge hosted AIK. Bälinge, desperately trying to avoid relegation and still hunting their first league win, could have wished for a better opening. Only ten minutes into the game, former Bälinge player Linda Sembrant picked up a loose ball after a corner-kick and chipped Veronica Svensson in Bälinge's goal. It was soon followed by another AIK goal, a nice copperation between Lisa De Vanna and Emma Lundh. "After that we became a bit too content", commented AIK's head coach Benny Persson, trying to explain 80 goalless minutes in spite of a big dominance in the play. Lisa De Vanna scored the third at overtime, when she simply out-ran Bälinge's defense.
Bälinge's newest signing, Temryss Lane, couldn't start as she has suffered a light strain in training.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Sembrant kom hem och sänkte Bälinge, Bälinges nyförvärv på plats
Damallsvenskan: Linköping suffers season first defeat
Kif Örebro - AIK 0 - 4 (0-2)
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Susanna Lehtinen (83 Marie Stålberg), Stina Segerström, Sanna Valkonen, Caroline Näfver - Lena Andersson (66 Ingrid Ericsson), Marie Hammarström, Maria Nordbrant, Elin Magnusson - Hanna Pettersson (60 Leena Puranen), Marina Pettersson
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Linda Lekander, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Emelie Karlsson-Wedin - Elin Ekblom Bak, Jessica Julin (73 Annica Sjölund), Anne Mäkinen, Emma Lundh (77 Danielle Wallander) - Laura Kalmari (73 Kate Gill), Lisa de Vanna
Goals: 0-1 Emma Lundh (30), 0-2 Jessica Julin (38), 0-3 Lisa de Vanna (73), 0-4 Kate Gill (77)
Before the match Örebro had talked about how a win would propell them to a top four position, but the match never gave them any chance to do that. AIK had a steady grip over the events and Örebro's Olympic keeper Kristin Hammarström had a bad day in goal: "Maybe a good thing that I'm already on the roster", she commented. Her team had to run a lot without ball
Dagens Nyheter: Storseger för AIK mot lojt Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF förlorade stort, pictures
Linköping FC - LDB FC Malmö 2 - 3 (1-2)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Maja Krantz, Daniela, Petra Larsson (66 Lisa Nilsson), Maria Karlsson - Cristiane, Jessica Landström (45 Red card)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Dora Stefansdottir, Christina Ørntoft, Emma Wilhelmsson, Nera Smajic (61 Lina Nilsson) - Frida Nordin, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran, Pavlina Scasna (87 Therese Lundin) - Manon Melis, Maria Aronsson (84 Emma Stålhammar)
Goals: 1-0 Cristiane (8), 1-1 Maria Aronsson (14), 1-2 Frida Nordin (46), 1-3 Manon Melis (62), 2-3 Cristiane (90) Attendance: 2,316
Malmö's Jörgen Pettersson had made a major overhaul of his team since the last match between the teams a week ago: new full-backs (Nera Smajic making her first start after two years on the injury list) and two players on top instead of a lone Manon Melis. At the same time Linköping had to start without Caroline Seger, who hurt her thigh in training a few days before. inköping got the first goal, but Malmö quickly replied with a header from Maria Aronsson. Malmö played fast and physical with quick passes and began to dominate. When Jessica Landström took two yellow cards in 9 minutes and was shown of the field, Frida Nordin scored on the following free-kick. Linköping tried different tactics to try to catch up with Malmö, including a rather courageous 3-4-2 at the end, but only managed a late consolation goal by Cristiane.
Maria Aronsson was particulary pleased with the events, as she was let go by Linköping last year, deemed superfluous and not likely to develop. "I have to say that goal felt damned good", she said.
Corren: Förlust och regeltabbe
Sydsvenskan: LDB FC Malmö bröt Linköpings svit– Aronsson fick revansch
Match pictures in SVT sports news, 3 min 45 into the clip.
Sunnanå SK - Kristianstads DFF 4 - 2 (2-2)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Alexandra Nilsson, Sanna Frostevall, Rebecca Smith, Magdalena Esseryd - Kristina Wiklund, Perpetua Nkwocha, Josefin Johansson, Anna Bodén - Lina Johansson, Mirjam Marklund (73 Linn Lundmark)
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson (77 Angelique Sandberg), Ifioma Dieke, Kia McNeill, Maria Åhlund - Therese Björk (41 Pernilla Falk), Sofie Persson, Erla Arnadottir, Johanna Rosén - Frida Pettersson, Susanne Moberg
Goals: 0-1 Frida Pettersson (22), 1-1 Mirjam Marklund (33), 2-1 Perpetue Nkwocha (39), 2-2 Kia McNeill (42), 3-2 Mirjam Marklund (56), 4-2 Anna Bodén (59)
Sunnanå got their revenge for the 3-2 loss in Kristianstad earlier this season, but it didn't look like that in the first half. Kruistianstad equalised just before the recess and when Maria Edman caught Perpetua Nkwocha's penalty kick early in the second, it looked like the match could go Kristianstad's way. But Sunnanå worked their way back, with Nkwocha great as an attacking midfielder and Mirjam Marklund extremely successful as forward (two goals and one assist). Newcomers Kristianstad once again talked about the great pressure from a compressed Damallsvenskan schdule compared to the 1st division they eased through last year and were really happy for the approaching break.
Norra Västerbotten: Tredje raka för Sunnanå
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sunnanå ville mest i målrik match, pictures
Kristianstadsbladet: KDFF knockat av Sunnanå
Norra Skåne: Förlust för Kristianstads fotbollsdamer
Umeå IK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 1 - 0 (1-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, June Pedersen - Mami Yamaguchi, Hanna Ljungberg (91 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Frida Östberg - Ramona Bachmann (90 Ida Zingmark Åberg), Madeleine Edlund, Johanna Rasmussen
Göteborg: Sandra Bjurteg - Marlene Sjöberg, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Hallstensson, Amelie Rybeck - Lisa Ek (70 Sofia Karlsson), Johanna Almgren, Maria Karlsson (85 Red card), Linnea Liljegärd (81 Emmelie Farfa) - Lotta Schelin, Sara Lindén
Goals: 0-1 Mami Yamaguchi (13)
Umeå didn't even loan out the ball to Göteborg the first 15 minutes in an impressing show, that finished with Mami Yamaguchi, watched by her parents in the stands, scoring with a 25 meter shot. After that Göteborg coach Torbjörn Nilsson changed his tactics and the rest of the match was more even with Lotta Schelin producing the most dangerous chances. Umeå's Jeglertz complained about his team looking tired and still-standing in the second. Tamaguchi was of course proud and happy to score a game-winner in front of her parents.
Västerbottenskuriren: Yamaguchi firade målet med föräldrarna
Västerbottens Folkblad: Mami matchhjälte med mamma och pappa på plats
Göteborgsposten: Göteborg föll mot Umeå
Damallsvenskan: No more hope for Bälinge?
Umeå Södra: Minna Meriluoto - Anna Rehn, Kristina Åberg, Petra Vaelma, Anna Forss - Patricia Hägglund, Hanna Folkesson, Emma Sundberg, Victoria Forsmark (80 Vanessa Mångsén) - Linda Fransson, Jennifer Nobis (82 Therese Andersson)
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Karolina Mats, Lina Andersson, Nina Engström, Emma Lindqvist - Linda Blom (65 Julia Bhy), Natalie Spilger, Noelle Keselica - Jenny Jansson (58 Sarah Storck), Alexandra Hägglund, Katri Nokso-Koivisto (69 Ida Brännström)
Goals: 1-0 Linda Fransson (48), 2-0 Jennifer Nobis (69), 2-1 Julia Bhy (87)
A must-win match for both sides. Bälinge started best and both Natalie Spilger and Katri Nokso-Koivisto had shots in the wood-work. Umeå Södra, lucky to go to the half time rest with 0-0, turned the tide only minutes after second half kick-off, when Linda Fransson scored from a nicely headed ball by Jennifer Nobis. This seemed to take much of the will from the Bälinge players, and Umeå Södra dominated the rest of the match. In centre was Jennifer Nobis, both creative and hard-working. Her 2-0 goal did however create some uproar among the Bälinge players, as she won the ball and scored after tackling Bälinge's keeper.
Bälinge, now win-less for more than a year, lost all reasonable chances to avoid relegation, having lost both recent relegation zone matches. I don't rate Umeå Södra's chances much higher by the way, but it was an important win.
Västerbottenskuriren: Södra vann måstematchen
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge åkte på stryk i måstematchen
Damallsvenskan: Linköping wins again
AIK - Djurgårdens IF 2 - 0 (1-0)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Elin Karlsson, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Sofia Simonsson - Elin Ekblom Bak, Anne Mäkinen (67 Jessica Julin), Louise Fors - Emma Lundh, Laura Kalmari, Lisa De Vanna
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Anna Hall, Anne-Marie Norlin, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Rebecca Johnson (46 Freja Hallenberg), Femke Maes, Ariane Hingst (70 Malin Engdahl), Mia Jalkerud (46 Anna Lagerberth) - Victoria Svensson, Linda Sällström
Goals: 1-0 Anne Mäkinen (14), 2-0 Lisa De Vanna (79)
AIK was eager to avenge the Swedish Cup loss to Djurgården recently and get the upper hand in the thightly fought competition for best Stockholm side. Everything worked out. AIK's Anne Mäkinen directed midfield outmaneuvered Djurgården's newly reinforced (Femke Maes) and Lisa de Vanna was a constant threat to Djurgården's goal. Djurgården's defense had big problems dealing with de Vanna while AIK at the same time could handle Djurgården's attacks, mostly passes from Hingst for Sällström to run for.
Dagens Nyheter: AIK fick revansch
Bälinge IF - Sunnanå SK 1 - 3 (1-1)
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Karolina Mats, Lina ANdersson, Natalie Spilger, Emma Lindqvist - Linda Blom (60 Lisa Lantz), Emilia Appelqvist, Julia Lyckberg (46 Emma Jonsson) - Alexandra Höglund, Noelle Keselica, Katri Nokso-Koivisto
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Alexandra Nilsson, Rebecca Smith, Sanna Frostevall, Magdalena Esseryd (81 Sandra Berggren) - Anna Bodén, Josefin Johansson, Perpetua Nkwocha, Carina Holmberg (71 Kristina Wiklund) - Mirjam Marklund (78 Johanna Lindahl), Lina Johansson
Goals: 0-1 Perpetua Nkwocha (10 PK), 1-1 Emilia Appelqvist (36), 1-2 Lina Johansson (65), 1-3 Lina Johansson (84)
Bälinge hasn't won a match for almost a year now. The first half equaliser from Emilia Appelqvist might have given the home crowd some hope for a change in luck (it was indeed a lucky shot), but relegation competitors Sunnanå destroyed those hopes. Their team captain Lina Johasson was unusually efficient and created all the away goals, first getting the penalty call and then scoring two by herself. This was the first of three decisive games for the relegation crowd. The two next are Umeå Södra against Bälinge on Sunday and Sunnanå against Umeå Södra on Wednesday July 9. Any team losing both their matches have lost all realistic chances to avoid relegation.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge klarade inte av att vända trenden
Norra Västerbotten: Lina – planens gigant
Kristianstads DFF - Kif Örebro 1 - 3 (1-1)
Kristianstad: Sandra Wahldén - Sandra Jönsson, Ifeoma Dieke, Kia McNiell, Therese Persson (51 Maria Åhlund) - Pernilla Falk (73 Angelique Sandberg), Sofia Persson, Therese Björk, Johanna Rosén - Frida Petersson, Susanne Moberg
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Lena Andersson (81 Ingrid Ericson), Sanna Valkonen, Stina Segerström, Susanna Lehtinen - Marie Hammarström, Leena Puranen (46 Caroline Näfver), Hanna Pettersson (73 Kim Ekebom), Maria Nordbrant - Marina Pettersson, Elin Magnusson
Goals: 0-1 Hanna Pettersson (38), 1-1 Johanna Rosén (41), 1-2 Maria Nordbrant (60), 1-3 Maria Nordbrant (83)
Kristianstad has a good home record so far and they matched up to guesting Örebro fairly well on the field. But Örebro, a team of seasoned veterans compared to Kristianstad, proved much more ruthless and efficient in front of goal and Maria Nordbrant showed, after having injury problems earlier this season, that she is getting back in the form that got her a national team call-up last year. Örebro had big problems scoring initially this season, but has now ten goals in three matches. This, combined with their reliable defense, might let us see a move up in the table. Kristianstad's Sofia Persson said after the match, that they were getting really tired now and were looking forward to the break. The busy playing schedule and the much harder competition in Damallsvenskan has wore down the newcomers.
Kristianstadsbladet: Vi har sett det förr, KDFF
Nerikes Allehanda: Maria Nordbrandt sänkte bottenlaget Kristianstad
LDB FC Malmö - Linköping FC 1 - 3 (0-2)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Therese Jönsson, Christina Ørntoft, Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson - Therese Sjögran, Nilla Fischer (46 Maria Aronsson) - Emma Stålhammar (71 Frida Nordin), Dora Stefansdottir (46 Therese Lundin), Pavlina Scasna - Manon Melis
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin (82 Marie-Louise Skålberg), Anna-Kaisa Rantanen - Kosovare Asllani, Daniela, Caroline Seger, Maria Karlsson (68 Ann Westermark) - Cristiane (77 Petra Larsson), Jessica Landström
Goals: 0-1 Maria Karlsson (44), 0-2 Daniela (45), 1-2 Therese Sjögran (65), 1-3 Kosovare Asllani (70)
When you see Therese Sjögran running around in her defensive half as some kind of midfield sweeper, winning back the ball and tidying up defensive messes, you know Malmö is under pressure. This was that kind of match.
Linköping played fast, with good movement and mainly one-touch passes. Daniela was shining, the obvious centre of the team. Linköping's confident play stressed Malmö, that often played the ball sideways in their own half, looking for an opening, and the defense was strong. Sara Larsson in particular had a very good day, shutting down Malmö's dangerous midfielder Pavlina Scasna.
In spite of Linköping's dominance in possession, actual scoring chances were few and even between the teams. Not until the final first half minutes did Linköping manage to score, in both cases gifted the ball by the Malmö defense. Linköping was aggressive and accurate in midfield, winning almost everything against the very pale Dora Stefansdottir and Nina Fischer, both replaced by coach Jörgen Pettersson at halftime. He later admitted that he shouldn't have started Fischer, still suffering from the fever she had a few days ago.
The halftime changes helped Malmö's game and made Linköping work hard to keep on top. Sjögran's 65 minute goal gave back some energy to her team, but Kosovare Asllani could restore order as she scored with a great shot from the edge of the area, served by Daniela In the final quarter, Malmö brought up debutant Ørstedt to the midfield, leaving just three in defense, trying to catch up, but unsuccessfully. Linköping's Asllani admitted that they were really tired towards the end of the match, ”we were on our knees”, but they held on to win a deserved victory.
Sydsvenskan: LDB-förlust mot serieledarna
Corren: Stukad Asllani njöt av drömmålet
Damallsvenskan: Narrow win for Umeå
Hammarby: Kathrin Lehmann - Malin Nilsson (46 Anna Lindblom), Elin Sölveskog, Karin Lissel, Kristin Bengtsson - Madeleine Tegström, Jennie Jonsson - Sara Johansson, Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Andrea Comeneci (46 Hodan Siid-Ahmed) - Lisa Björkvik (74 Therese Dahlberg)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Frida Östberg - Lisa Dahlkvist, Hanna Ljungberg (65 Emma Åberg-Zingmark), Mami Yamaguchi - Ramona Bachmann (72 Sofia Jacobsson), Madeleine Edlund, Johanna Rasmussen
Goals: 0-1 Hanna Ljungberg (10), 1-1 Lisa Björkvik (33), 1-2 Johanna Rasmussen (43)
Hanna Ljungberg, slowly getting back in shape, scored for guesting Umeå already in the 10th minute. Umeå played great football and came to the halftime recess with the lead, even if Hammarby had managed to equalise against the play. Lisa Björkvik took advantage of a mistake from Anna Paulsson and had no problems scoring one-on-one with keeper Rönnlund. Johanna Rasmussen took back the lead to Umeå with a direct free-kick. But in the second half, things didn't work out as well for Umeå.
"You really have to work hard for the points this season", said Hanna Ljungberg, after almost having to spend more time on defending than attacking in the 2nd half. Coach Jeglertz talked about his players getting stressed, knowing that they can't afford to lose more points on leading Linköping.
Hammarby's Nazanin Vaseghpanah thought they had a great second half, and was very disappointed with the defeat. But, she said, just playing good isn't enough. You need to get the ball in there.
Radiosporten: Hanna Ljungberg målskytt när Umeå vann
Västerbottenskuriren: Målande start av Hanna Ljungberg
Damallsvenskan: Linköping and Malmö wins
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Marlene Sjöberg, Jenny Hallstensson, Jane Törnqvist, Amelie Rybäck - Lias Ek (53 Linnéa Liljegärd), Ingvild Stensland, Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren - Sara Lindén, Lotta Schelin (69 Sofia Karlsson)
Malmö: Caroline Jönsson - Therese Jönsson, Emma Wilhelmsson, Dora Stefansdottir, Lina Nilsson - Frida Nordin (85 Emelie Ölander), Pavlina Scasna, Maria Aronsson (77 Emma Stålhammar), Therese Lundin, Therese Sjögran - Manon Melis
Goals: 1-0 Sara Lindén (4), 1-1 Therese Lundin (30), 1-2 Manon Melis (52), 1-3 Maria Aronsson (55), 1-4 Manon Melis (65)
Göteborg had a great opening, Sara Lindén being set-up by Lotta Schelin and scoring already after 3 minutes. Not an opening Malmö's goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, finally starting for Malmö after almost a year on the injury list, would have hoped for. But after that Malmö came back, pressuring Göteborg in their own half and forcing the backline to mistakes. Therese Lundin could equalise on a set piece and in the second half the Malmö side rarely left Göteborg's half of the pitch at all.
Sydsvenskan: "Carre" vann i comebacken
Göteborgsposten: Malmö för svårt för Göteborg
Umeå Södra FF - Linköping FC 0 - 3 (0-1)
Umeå Södra: Minna Meriluoto - Maria Wictorsson (68 Anna Fors), Petra Vaelma, Kristin Åberg, Anna Rehn - Victoria Forsmark, Emma Sundberg (74 Elina Sormunen), Hanna Folkesson, Patricia Hägglund - Terese Andersson (63 Vanessa Mångsén), Linda Fransson
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Maria Karlsson - Josefine Öqvist (66 Lisa Nilsson), Caroline Seger (65 Tilda Heimersson), Daniela, Petra Larsson - Kosovare Asllani, Cristiane (75 Maria Svensson)
Goals: 0-1 Maria Karlsson (34), 0-2 Caroline Seger (51), 0-3 Kosovare Asllani (58)
Umeå Södra's Linda Fransson had the first shot on goal, but after that Linköping took over, just like it should be in a match between the leaders and relegation candidates. Umeå Södra's coach Torbjörn Nordström was still pleased with his team, they didn't give up and weren't run over as in some previous matches. Linköping, that still has Larsson and Rohlin on the sick-list, subbed out key players in the second half since they wanted to save them for the Malmö match on Wednesday.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Södra bet i gräset – igen
Västerbottenskuriren: Ny förlust för Umeå Södra
Damallsvenskan: Linköping stays on the road
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Maria Karlsson - Josefine Öqvist (87 Ann Westermark), Caroline Seger, Daniela, Kosovare Asslani - Jessica Landström, Cristiane (87 Petra Larsson)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Linda Lekander, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Sofia Simonsson - Anne Mäkinen, Jessica Julin (81 Louise Fors) - Emma Lundh, Elin Ekblom Bak, Lisa deVanna - Kathryn Gill (58 Laura Kalmari)
Goals: 1-0 Jessica Landström (80)
A really close first half, with an equal distribution of scoring chances, was followed by an increasing Linköping dominance in the second, which finally resulted in Jessica Landström's late winner. She recieved Daniela's ball from the left, controlled it and placed it out of reach for the otherwise impressing Sofia Lundgren in AIK's goal.
Linköping had to show up without their inner defenders Sara Larsson and Lotta Rohlin, both on the sick-list, but Finnish international midfielder Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, who has had problems breaking in to the starting eleven this season, convinced as defender.
The result means that Linköping stays five points ahead of Umeå, both having played 11 of the 22 season matches. Umeå now cannot win the league on their own, but must rely on other teams taking points from Linköping.
Corren: Landströms sköna avslut, Rantanens ruggiga revansch
Damallsvenskan: Djurgården's revenge
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Malin Engdahl, Anne-Marie Norlin, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Linda Forsberg (84 Anna Lagerberth), Anna Hall, Ariane Hingst (70 Jennifer Meier), Rebecca Johnson (54 Mia Jalkerud) - Victoria Svensson, Linda Sällström
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson, Kia McNeill, Ifioma Dieke, Carolin Ericsson (46 Maria Åhlund) - Pernilla Falk, Therese Björk, Sofie Persson, Johanna Rosén - Frida Pettersson (63 Elin Bjerre), Susanne Moberg
Goals: 0-1 Susanne Moberg (12), 1-1 Victoria Svensson (21), 2-1 Linda Sällström (26)
Djurgården had announced this as a revenge match after their embarrasing away loss to the newcomers in the Damallsvenskan opener in April. It couldn't have started worse, Susanne Moberg scoring on a free-kick that was redirected by a Djurgården's wall. But that was just about all Kristianstad managed to create forward. Djurgården promptly equalised and took the lead within 15 minutes and continued to dominate the rst of the match. They really should have scored more, but Kristianstad's defense, anchored by Dieke and McNeill, had another good day. Kristianstad's claim that this was their best away match so far says more about their away record than the match.
Kristianstadsbladet: "Vi åkte inte hit för att få en hedersam förlust"
Dagens Nyheter: Två snabba mål gav Djurgården segern
Damallsvenskan: Linköping keeps winning
Even the local papers of the playing teams have given very sparse coverage of the Wednesday night matches. I guess most of their manpower were devoted to throwing guilt and blame in various directions after Sweden's men's unsuccessful performance.
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Linköpings FC 0 - 3 (0-1)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Marlene Sjöberg, Jenny Hallstensson, Jane Törnqvist, Amelie Rybeck - Lisa Ek (46 Linnea Liljegärd), Ingvild Stensland, Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren (72 Sofia Karlsson) - Sara Lindén, Lotta Schelin (66 Emelie Farfa)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Petronella Ekroth, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen - Josefine Öqvist, Daniela (73 Cristiane), Caroline Seger, Maria Karlsson (87 Lisa Nilsson) - Kosovare Asllani (67 Petra Larsson), Jessica Lindström
Goals: 0-1 Josefine Öqvist (4), 0-2 Jessica Landström (85), 0-3 Cristiane (91)
When you're on a roll, you don't have to be the best. Somehow you can score and win anyway. Linköping, undefeated leaders of the league, showed this against Göteborg. The home side had much more possession and created a lot more scoring opportunities than Linköping. But the guests scored when given the opportunity and Hedvig Lindahl saved everything that Göteborg didn't squander themselves. Linköping's Cristiane was left on the bench to make room for in-form teenager Kosovare Asllani, but probably won her starting place back as she set up one goal and scored one herself in the dying minutes of the match.
Lotta Schelin started and played 65 minutes, but still has some way to go before she is back in true form.
Göteborgsposten: Förlust för Göteborg
Corren: Seger för LFC i Göteborg
Sunnanå SK - Umeå Södra FF 5 - 0 (3-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Sanna Frostevall, Alexandra Nilsson, Magdalena Esseryd - Kristina Wiklund (81 Erika Karlsson), Anna Bodén (72 Matilda Forslund), Perpetua Nkwocha, Carina Holmberg - Mirjam Marklund (68 Johanna Lindahl), Lina Johansson
Umeå Södra: Jessica Lundberg - Maria Wiktorsson, Petra Vaelma, Kristin Åberg, Anna Rehn - Patricia Hägglund, Elina Sormunen, Emma Sundberg, Anna Forss (Terese Andersson) - Jennifer Nobis (77 Victoria Forsmark), Linda Fransson (55 Vanessa Mångsén)
Goals: 1-0 Anna Bodén (31), 2-0 Perpetua Nkwocha (36), 3-0 Kristina Wiklund (42), 4-0 Johanna Lindahl (69), 5-0 Kristina Wiklund (74 PK)
Sunnanå got their revenge for the loss to Umeå Södra in the league opener in April. Perpetua Nkwocha claimed it was because it wasn't snowing this time, but Sunnanå was simply better at everything and ran down the Umeå side. With the three points from the match, Sunnanå passed Umeå Södra in the table and is now just over the relegation line.
Norra Västerbotten: Sunnanå sprang sönder Umeå Södra
Västerbottens Folkblad: Sunnanå kramade ur Umeå Södra
Kif Örebro - Bälinge IF 3 - 0 (2-0)
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Lena Andersson, Stina Segerström, Sanna Valkonen (73 Ingrid Ericson), Marina Pettersson - Maria Nordbrant (54 Carolina Näfver), Susanna Lehtinen, Marie Hammarström, Elin Magnusson - Leena Puranen, Hanna Pettersson (76 Marie Ståhlberg)
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Emma Lindqvist, Lina Andersson, Natalie Spilger - Emilia Appelqvist, Linda Blom (86 Jenny Jansson), Karolina Mats, Noelle Keselica, Julia Lyckberg - Lisa Lantz (47 Emma Jonsson), Sarah Storck (46 Katri Nokso-Koivisto)
Goals: 1-0 Maria Nordbrant (11), 2-0 Leena Puranen (29), 3-0 Hanna Pettersson (75)
A weak start from Bälinge let the hosts two goals up after only half an hour. The match evened out in the second half, where Bälinge actually created some good scoring chances, but it was still very visible which team is threatened by relegation.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Svag inledning Bälinges fall
Damallsvenskan: Convincing Umeå win over AIK
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Frida Östberg - Maimi Yamaguchi, Emma Åberg Zingmark (66 Hanna Ljungberg), Lisa Dahlkvist (84 Lisa Dahlkvist) - Johanna Rasmussen, Madeleine Edlund (75 Sofia Jacobsson), Marta
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Linda Lekander - Elin Ekblom Bak, Jessica Julin, Anne Mäkinen, Louise Fors (75 Emelie Karlsson Wedin) - Emma Lundh (64 Laura Kalmari), Annica Sjölund (60 Elin Karlsson)
Goals: 1-0 Johanna Rasmussen (6), 2-0 Madeleine Edlund (44), 3-0 Sofia Jacobsson (91)
In spite of the early Umeå goal, Johanna Rasmussen converting a high cross from Anna Paulsson, it seemed like an open match in the beginning, both teams having possession and an organised offensive. But somewhere around the half hour mark Umå began to take over and dominated the rest of the match completely. 26 scoring attempts against AIK's 6 (only one in the second half) and 10-2 in corner shots shows the superiority for the home team. Marta, who served a one match suspension after her red carding against Kristianstad, was back with a vengeance. Hanna Ljungberg, who was greeted with ovations as she subbed in after 65 minutes, showed that she is getting into great shape. Coach Jeglertz rated the last 30 minutes of the match as the best the team has played this season.
Västerbotens Folkblad: Umeå IK gjorde allting rätt
Västyerbottenskuriren: UIK körde över AIK
Damallsvenskan: Easy win for Örebro at Umeå Södra
Umeå Södra: Jessica Lundberg - Maria Wictorsson (83 Kristin Åberg), Moa Westermark, Petra Vaelma, Ragna Lestander - Linda Fransson, Anna Rehn, Emma Sundberg (74 Elina Sormunen), Patricia Hägglund - Jennifer Nobis, Terese Andersson (66 Vanessa Mångsén)
Örebro: Kristin Hammarsröm - Lena Andersson, Marina Pettersson (69 Sara Fröjdfelt), Sanna Valkonen, Caroline Näfver (46 Maria Nordbrant) - Stina Segerström, Susanna Lehtinen, Marie Hammarström - Elin Magnusson, Hanna Pettersson (86 Marie Stålberg), Leena Puranen
Goals: 0-1 Leena Puranen (27), 0-2 Susanna Lehtinen (58), 0-3 Maria Nordbrant (74), 0-4 Hanna Pettersson (78), 1-4 Linda Fransson (85)
Following a first half, with a reasonably ambitious game from both sides, Örebro took over after the recess. After Örebro's second goal a little bit more than ten minutes into the second half, Södra became passive in defense and almost invisible in offense. Örebro has had huge problems scoring, but this match almost doubled their tally. Hard to say if the wind has changed though, since four goals against is pretty much Södra's average over 11 league matches.
Västerbottens Folkblad: Hemvändare sänkte Södra
Västerbottenskuriren: Förlust för Umeå Södra mot Örebro
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro vann stort
Damallsvenskan: Malmö's first loss, Bälinge ties Djurgården
Attendance was overall pitiful, perhaps somewhat depending on the scheduling. Normal kick-off for weekend games is 4 pm. But since Sweden's men played Spain in the Euros (bummer, btw) at 6 pm, all games had earlier starts. Most of them at 1 pm with plenty of time to get to a TV set after the match, Bälinge curiously enough at 2, while the cocky Kristianstad club set kick-of for 3 pm, probably arguing that you really don't want to watch TV4's annoying pre-game show anyway, do you? Since they had Umeå guesting, they had the only match that managed to attract any kind of attendance, even if it was a bit smaller than they had for their match against Malmö.
AIK -LDB FC Malmö 2 - 1 (0-0)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Frida Höglund, Linda Sembrant, Linmda Lekander - Anne Mäkinen, Elin Ekblom Bak, Jessica Julin - Louise Fors, Annica Sjölund (63 Laura Kalmari), Emma Lundh (Emelie Karlsson Wedin)
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Emelie Öhlander (87 Maria Aronsson), Malin Levenstad (75 Therese Jönsson), Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson - Frida Nordin (70 Pavlina Scasna), Dora Stefansdottir, Nilla Fischer, Therese Lundin, Therese Sjögran - Manon Melis
Goals: 1-0 Annica Sjölund (37), 1-1 Therese Sjögran (39), 2-1 Laura Kalmari (82)
AIK, without their Australians de Vanna and Gill (on national team duty in Korea), relied on a strong midfield, a tough defense and a couple of chips over Malmö's reserve keeper Stephanie Öhrström. The match was not particulary well played, but AIK managed to destroy Malmö's midfield game with Mäkinen and Ekblom often winning over Lundin and Stefansdottir. They had more problems in the attack, with Sjölund's goal - a long shot that caught Malmö's keeper too far from the goalline - as their only real scoring opportunity in the first half. Malmö equalised almost immediately with a nice Sjögran finish from a Melis assist, but had problems creating much more. Particulary so in the second half, where AIK began to dominate. After Malin Levenstad's very unfortunate knee injury 15 minutes from end, Malmö seemed distressed and unfocused and Laura Kalmari could show that she still remembers where the goal is.
Kalmari, who had a few minutes against Djurgården in the Swedish Cup-match last Wednesday, said that she only came to the match to fill out the bench. She has only been training with the team for three weeks and hadn't planned to be ready for real matches until after the Olympics.
Aftonbladet: Kalmari gav Malmö första förlusten
Sydsvenskan: Här går knäet sönder på Malin Levenstad
Linköping - Sunnanå 3 - 1 (1-1)
Linköping: Hedvid Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Marie-Louise Skålberg, Charlotte Rohlin (32 Petra Larsson), Anna-Kaisa Rantanen - Josefine Öqvist, Caroline Seger, Daniela, Maria Karlsson - Jessica Landström (87 Lisa Nilsson), Cristiane
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Sanna Frostevall, Alexandra Nilsson, Carina Holmberg - Kristina Wiklund (76 Erika Karlsson), Anna Bodén, Josefine Johansson, Magdalena Esseryd (75 Johanna Lindahl) - Perpetua Nkwocha, Lina Johansson (81 Lisa Renberg)
Goals: 0-1 Perpetua Nkwocha (8), 1-1 Jessica Landström (17), 2-1 Kosovare Asllani (79), 3-1 Josefine Öqvist (86)
Relegation line-dancer Sunnanå almost got a valuable point witrh them from Linköping, first taking the lead and then keeping the game tied until only ten minutes remained. Linköping kept possession, but were mostly slow and too complicated in their attacks until in-form Kosovare Asllani came on after 60 minutes and shaked things up.
Linköping started without national team defender Sara Larsson, who stayed at home with a fever, and after half an hour their other Sweden defender Lotta Rohlin had to leave the field with a light concussion. Sunnanå were missing Rebecca Smith, on national team duty for New Zealand in Korea.
Corren: Knapp vinst för LFC mot Sunnanå
Hammarby -Göteborg 3 - 1 (3-0)
Hammarby: Kathrin Lehmann - Matilda Agné, Elin Sölveskog, Karin Lissel, Anna Lindblom (71 Lisa Björkvik) - madeleine Tegström, Jennie Jonsson - Andrea Comaneci (83 Hodan Siid-Ahmed), Nazanin Vasegpanah, Kristin Bengtsson - Sara Johansson
Göteborg: Sandra Bjurteg - Marlene Sjöberg, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Hallstensson, Amelie Rybeck - Lisa Ek (74 Catrine Johansson), Ingvild Stensland, Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren (66 Sofia Karlsson) - Lotta Schelin (45 Linnea Liljegärd), Sara Lindén
Goals: 1-0 Sara Johansson (30), 2-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (32), 3-0 Sara Johansson (44), 3-1 Sara Lindén (65)
A strange match. Göteborg had most of the possession and played really good looking football in the first half. But Hammarby scored on every single one of their first half chances. Lotta Schelin played, as planned, the first 45 but it was visible that she hasn't been on the field for several months and only been in full training for less than two weeks. In the second half Göteborg also managed to create real scoring opportunities, but only Sara Lindén managed to convert, thus staying at the top of the goalscorers league.
SVT: Lotta Schelin nöjd med comebacken (video interview)
Göteborgsposten: Comeback för Schelin
Bälinge IF - Djurgården 1 - 1 (0-1)
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Karolina Mats, Natalie Spilger, Lina Andersson, Emma Lindqvist - Linda Blom (78 Emma Jonsson), Emilia Appleqvist, Lisa Lantz (53 Julia Lyckberg) - Sarah Storck (59 Katri Nokso-Koivisto), Noelle Keselica, Alexandra Höglund
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Anna Hall, Anne-Marie Norlin, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Mia Jalkerud (46 Anna Lagerberth), Linda Forsberg, Ariane Hingst (70 Caroline Frånberg), Rebecca Johnson (62 Jennifer Meier) - Victoria Svensson, Linda Sällström
Goals: 1-0 Alexandra Höglund (39), 1-1 Linda Sällström (72)
With only three draws to show for themseklves in 9 matches, Bälinge were of course big underdogs in this match. But they were standing up well against Djurgården and in the first half even showed signs of a decent attack. Djurgården dominated of course, but Alexandra Höglund took her team to the lead after scoring on a rebound from an Emma Lindqvist free-kick. The longer the match went, the more the guests took over, but Bälinge were rather successful in pushing Djurgården's attacks to the wings, having Spilger and Andersson heading away the high crosses. Bälinge finally had to give up an equaliser, but were still satisfied with the match.
You can most probably get a more in-depth (and of course totally unbiased) report at damallsoapbox.blogspot.com.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Bälinge reste sig på nio
Kristianstad - Umeå IK 0 - 2 (0-1)
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson, Efioma Dieke, Kia McNiel, Therese Persson - Therese Björk, Sofie Persson, Erla Arnadottir, Johanna Rosén (53 Pernilla Falk) - Susanne Moberg, Frida Pettersson (81 Elin Bjerre)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Emma Berglund, Frida Östberg - Emma Åberg Zingmark (58 June Pedersen), Mami Yamaguchi, Lisa Dahlkvist (84 Hanna Ljungberg) - Ramona Bachmann (72 Sofia Jakobsson), Madeleine Edlund, Johanna Rasmussen
Goals: 0-1 Madeleine Edlund (30), 0-2 Madeleine Edlund (61)
"I don't like to say that it was just another day at the job", said Umeå's coach Andrée Jeglertz, "but today we were just doing what we had to. Nothing more". The team seemed a bit slow and uninspired and didn't manage to challenge Kristianstad's goal as often as expected. But Maeleine Edlund was, unlike earlier in the season, faultless in front of goal and Kristianstad only managed fairly few and short attacks.
Kristianstadsbladet: Förlust för KDFF mot Umeå
Damallsvenskan: New draw for Umeå as Marta is shown off the field
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Emelie Ölander, Malin Levenstad, Emma Wilhelmsson, Lina Nilsson - Pavlina Scasna (72 Emma Stålhammar), Dora Stefansdotir, Nilla Fischer, Therese Sjögran - Maria Aronsson (63 Therese Lundin), Manon Melis
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Frida Östberg - Lisa Dahlqvist, Mami Yamaguchi, Emmelie Konradsson (46 Emma Åberg-Zingmark) - Marta (80 Red card), Madeleine Edlund (89 Sofia Jacobsson), Johanna Rasmussen
Goals: 0-1 Madeleine Edlund (27), 1-1 Manon Melis (52), 1-2 Marta (59), 2-2 Dora Stefansdottir (89)
This was Umeå's match. They won the midfield, shut off Malmö's wingers and left Malmö's target player Maria Aronsson almost isolated from the rest of her team. Malmö as a team seemed over all much less focused than in the match a year ago, when even Jeglertz gave them the moral victory, in spite of defeating them 2-1.
Malmö's attacks were few and short, while Umeå and Marta in particular tested Malmö's defense relentlessly. But Malmö's goalkeeper Stephanie Öhrström once again showed that she is not just a reserve for Caroline Jönsson and Malmö's defense made Umeå's attack work hard and mostly in vain. Madeleine Edlund tapped in the first goal on a rebound, she has an almost Pohlerish ability to be at the right place at the right time, in one of few less than stellar performances by the home defense.
There was no change in the match picture after the recess, but Manon Melis ran through Umeå's defense and equalised against the run of the play. Marta restored order with a great long shot a few minutes later and Umeå looked good for three points.
Then it happened. Malmö's defender Emma Wilhemsson and Marta tangled into each other and went down. When Marta didn't get free fast enough - and it didn't look like Wille was helping much - she kicked the Malmö defender in the stomach. Malmö's captain Nilla Fischer rushed over, pushed Marta and looked like she would like to settle the dispute without any referee interference. A behaviour that earned her a yellow. Marta, of course, got a red card. And the Malmö home crowd went all Frankfurt on her, as UIK Fans' Anders Andersson put it.
I don't think Malmö being one player up had much influence on the rest of the match - the stayed four in defense - but psychologically the incident was important. Malmö now pressed hard for an equaliser and again it was Manon Melis who made the difference, running away from both defense and goalkeeper to serve Dora Stefansdottir with a no-miss opportunity.
Umeå's assistant coach Steve Galloway was deeply disappointed: "We owned the match. We can't really play much better than this". But Malmö had the necessary luck.
Nobody questioned the red card after the match, not even Marta. She has become much better controlling her temper over the years, but this time she failed and she knew it. She and Emma Wilhelmsson shook hands and made up after the match and Wille even could see Marta's side "She can play ugly at times, but she takes a lot of beating during a match."
Dagens Nyheter: Marta utvisad i toppmötet
Sydsvenskan: Oavgjort igen för LDB FC Malmö
Fotbollskanalen.se: Match clip
Previously on Damallsvenskan
Almost at half-time, with the 10th round played last weekend, the somewhat uneven table looks like this:
It will be as unbalanced as this for a long time - I think until mid September, when Umeå plays Malmö at home, a match from round 4. But in spite of this, the current table shows strengths and weaknesses pretty well.
The three top sides are the expected three top sides, but maybe not in the expected order.
Linköping benefits from a strong defense, with Sara Larsson/Lotta Rohlin in the centre and Hedvig Lindahl behind them, all Swedish national team players, but has so far not been able to get the really good score-lines. Brazilian signing Daniela has been immensely useful as the creative force behind the forwards. Their weakness in goal-scoring might be changing though, as Josefine Öqvist has recently been getting into great shape and being productive. The other Brazilian, Cristiane, has not been as successful as her compatriote. Not bad in any way, but not as prolific as expected with only three goals so far and being subbed out around the 60 minute mark a little bit too often. Still, defeating Umeå away is no small deed, and Josefine Öqvist last second solo performance to score the winner might be deciding for the outcome of the championship.
LDB FC Malmö started well with six straight wins, most of them with impressing scorelines. But this was mostly against the bottomfeeders. They stumbled against Djurgården, drawing in spite of home advantage and being one player up most of the match. Their sudden lack of efficiency in front of goal continued when Örebro was able to shut them out in another draw. Malmö is still playing with reserve Stephanie Öhrström in goal, but Caroline Jönsson is looking good in training and will probably take over in goal within short. Dutch striker Manon Melis is scoring a lot and their only big new name, Czech Pavlina Scasna, is looking good in spite of not being fully recovered from her knee injury. Malmö fans that wanted the club to use their new money on a Brazilian star (the club opted to use the money to improve conditions for the players already on the team instead) are probably looking in Linköping's direction with some envy.
Third place Umeå IK has lost points in both their last two matches. To Djurgården, as all the top sides has, but more importantly also to Linköping. Coach Jeglertz has been sounding off against those of his players he doesn't think are fully committed. Defense seems to have been a sometimes weak side of the team. The club hasn't signed a top defender since Karolina Westberg and exclusively relying on developing own talents for the defense maybe isn't enough. The new signing Yamaguchi has got a lot of time on the field, in spite of having mostly defensive duties in midfield, unlike in college where she was the goal-scorer of her team. Danish winger/attacker Rasmussen has also proven her worth as has returning Frida Östberg. But I think we're more looking at an opposition that is getting better than Umeå being worse than last year.
Göteborg had a horrible start, losing four straight matches. But, as coach Torbjörn Nilsson pointed out already then, it was the presumed top four they played. Since then, they have six straight wins and actually has contact with the top four. And they are scoring goals, the 9-0 goalfest against Umeå Södra topping the list, in spite of Lotta Schelin being on the injury list since the Malmö match in April. Sara Lindén has stepped out of Schelin's shadow and is right now leading the goalscorer list with 9 goals before players like Marta and Lisa de Vanna. Göteborg also depends a lot on Norwegian midfielder Ingvild Stensland, who has made a string of stellar performances as the creative centre in Göteborg. She is also leading the assist league.
Last year AIK had a pretty accomplished, defensively strong side that couldn't score for the love of God. That almost got them relegated. This year the big-spending club has found the answer to their scoring problems. Not just Lisa de Vanna, who scored in five straight games, but also midfielders Anne Mäkinen and Elin Ekblom, who both have a lot of responsibility in the build-up of AIK's attacks. They don't seem really ready for the next step yet, but a finish just behind the three big ones?
We have seen Djurgården at sixth place before, but in those cases they recovered before the season finished. This time, maybe not. Coach Anders Johansson has repeatedly stressed that the team is in transition and he is hoping for a 4-6 place finish. It didn't start well, losing to newcomers Kristianstad and to Hammarby, but then they defeated Göteborg and has now tied all the three big ones. And with consecutive better performances. In the nil-nil against Linköping, they were reportedly out-played but saved by Nadine Angerer, in the 1-1 against Malmö (with Victoria Svensson back from injury) they packed the team in defense and relied on Linda Sällström's speed up front to gain a 1-1 while they seemed Umeå's equal in the 2-2 home draw. Angerer and Hingst has been great lately and Svensson seems to be in good form, particularly when you consider her large defensive responsibilities.
Hammarby also lost several key players and had a rough start, conceding 13 goals in the two matches against Umeå and Malmö. But then keeper Kathrin Lehmann returned from her ice-hockey playing duties and brought some stability to the team. But just some. Defeating Djurgården 3-0 has been followed by hard earned wins over Bälinge and a draw against Umeå Södra. One of the bright spots in their somewhat erratic season start has been former AIK attacker Nazanin Vaseghpanah, who finally starts to score in Damallsvenskan.
Kif Örebro seems a bit lost in nowhere. They have had good performances defeating Djurgården and holding Malmö to a draw but are capable to losing to just about anyone on the road. Defense works fine with national team goalie Kristin Hammarström and Stina Segerström and Sanna Valkonen in defense. Up front it's worse. Last year's wonder kid Emilia Erixon hurt her knee again and hasn't really been replaced by Leena Puranen.
Kristianstad started with what we thought was the upset of the year, defeating last year's runners-up Djurgården, but now we know it wasn't as big as we thought. They are still strong at home, almost shutting out Malmö in a 0-1 defeat while defeating Sunnanå and Bälinge. But they had some really disappointing performances on the road and overhauled their starting eleven after a humiliating 1-3 at home against Hammarby. They have made two good matches since with imports McNeall and Dieke in defense and are at present looking good for avoiding relegation.
Umeå Södra also had a chock opening, defeating last season's number 5 Sunnanå, but it has been harder since then. They have suffered really big defeats to Umeå (5-0) and Göteborg (9-0) and have a really hard time trying to shut out just about any team. Even Bälinge has scored against them. The team is overall fairly weak, but their American forward Jennifer Nobis can be impressive in attack, but fairly seldom gets anything to work with.
Last year's surprise team Sunnanå had high hopes for this season, but losing their two Swedish internationals, Hanna Marklund (motherhood) and Maria Nordbrant (Örebro) has hurt them and Mirjam Marklund's recent injury will not help. The last two defeats, Hammarby away and Göteborg at home, put them under the relegation line. The last three matches before the break for the Olympics against Umeå Södra, Kristianstad and Bälinge will probably decide their future.
Already before the season Bälinge talked about surviving in Damallsvenskan as their goal. Their key players went to other clubs and they were left with mostly a team of teenagers. Some of them among Sweden's most promising, but still. The survival should be secured by American reinforcements. One of these, Joanna Lohmann, was lost almost before she arrived, suffering from a back injury. But Natalie Spilger has impressed in defense with skill and determination, as has keeper Veronica Svensson. Still, with no wins and only three draws over nine matches, survival seems hard to reach.
Do you really want to know the lineups and play-by-play for all the games the last month and a half?? Seriously? Ok, then you really have to go to svenskfotboll.se, I'm in no mood trying to write all that here.
Damallsvenskan: Djurgården back on track?
Umeå Södra: Minna Meriluoto - Maria Wiktorsson, Petra Vaelma, Moa Westermark, Anna Rehn - Linda Fransson, Hanna Folkesson, Emma Sundberg, Anna Forss (70 Terese Andersson) - Jennifer Nobis, Vanessa Mångsén
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson, Maria Åhlund, Johanna Rosén, Ulrika Severin - Therese Björck, Sofie Persson, Vlora Bajraktaraj, Erla Arnadottir (79 Veronica Persson) - Frida Pettersson, Elin Bjerre (46 Susanne Moberg)
Goals: 1-0 Maria Wiktorsson (53), 1-1 Susanne Moberg (60)
Kristianstadsbladet: KDFF knep viktig pinne i Umeå
Västerbottens Folkblad: Umeå Södra kryssar vidare
Västerbottenskuriren: Milda makter - Marias första skott gick i mål
Djurgårdens IF - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 3 - 0 (1-0)
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Madelene Göras, Anne-Marie Norlin, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Marijke Callebaut, Ariane Hingst, Anna Hall, Linda Forsberg (78 Rebecca Johnson) - Jennifer Meier (57 Linda Sällström), Victoria Svensson (88 Mia Jalkerud)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Maria Nilsson, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Hallstensson, Amelie Rybeck - Ingvild Stensland, Johanna Almgren, Maria Karlsson - Sofie Andersson (63 Lisa Ek), Sara Lindén, Emmelie Farfa (55 Linnea Liljegärd)
Goals: 1-0 Victoria Svensson (45), 2-0 Ariane Hingst (54), 3-0 Linda Forsberg (75)
Dagens Nyheter: DIF bröt trenden
Göteborgsposten: "Börjat serien med en svacka"
Sunnanå SK - AIK 1 - 1 (0-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Carina Holmberg (87 Rebecca Smith), Alexandra Nilsson, Marjam Marklund, Sandra Berggren - Kristina Wiklund, Anna Bodén, Josefin Johansson, Johanna Lindahl (65 Erika Karlsson) - Lina Johansson, Lisa Renberg (90 Magdalena Esseryd)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Jessica Julin, Frida Höglund, Linda Lekander - Emma Lundh (Annica Sjölund), Anne Mäkinen, Elin Ekblom Bak - Kate Gill, Lisa de Vanna, Louise Fors (83 Elin Karlsson)
Goals: 1-0 Lina Johansson (63), 1-1 Lisa de Vanna (67)
Norra Västerbotten: Målmissandet fortsatte mot AIK, "Nu fick vi spela försvarsspel"
Damallsvenskan: Djurgården lose again
AIK - Kif Örebro 3 - 1 (1-0)
AIK: Sofia Lundgren - Sofia Simonsson, Linda Sembrant, Frida Höglund, Linda Lekander - Elin Ekblom Bak, Anne Mäkinen, Jessica Julin, Louise Fors (64 Annica Sjölund) - Lisa de Vanna, Emma Lundh
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Ingrid Ericson (68 Kim Ekebom), Stina Segerström, Sanna Valkonen, Marina Pettersson - Elin Magnusson, Lena Andersson (82 Marie Ståhlberg), Marie Hammarström, Marie Nordbrant - Leena Puranen (56 Hanna Pettersson), Caroline Näfver
Goals: 1-0 Lisa de Vanna (24), 2-0 Lisa de Vanna (59), 2-1 Kim Ekebom (70), 3-1 Lisa de Vanna (84)
If we're going to reach our goals for the season, this is one of the matches we have to win, had AIK's management declared before the match. And it seems they're on the right way. AIK had the upper hand most of the match, much thanks to their new midfielders Mäkinen and Ekblom. And Lisa de Vanna showed her qualities as a goalscorer - being forst on a rebound from the keeper, running away from Örebro's defense on a long pass from defender Sembrant and chipping in a ball from Ekblom. But part of her productivity as a goalscorer comes from trying very often. She had more missed great chances than converted ones.
Örebro had good help from keeper Kristin Hammarström to stay in the game as long as they did and substitute Ekbom's second half goal made it more exciting, but never really threatening for AIK.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro-förlust med 3-1 mot AIK
AIK Fotboll: Tre mål av De Vanna och tre poäng!
Hammarby - Djurgården 3 - 0 (2-0)
Hammarby: Kathrin Lehmann - Matilda Agné, Karin Lissel, Elin Sölveskog, Anna Lindblom - Jennie Jonsson, Andrea Comaneci (69 Madeleine Tegström) - Emma Wall, Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Daniella Chamoun (76 Malin Broberg) - Lisa Björkvik
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Madelene Göras, Ariane Hingst, Therese Brogårde (66 Rebecca Johnson), Sara Thunebro - Marijke Callebaut, Ann-Marie Norlin (58 Jennifer Meier), Anna Hall, Linda Forsberg - Victoria Svensson, Linda Sällström
Goals: 1-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah (2), 2-0 Daniella Chamoun (8), 3-0 Lisa Björkvik (54)
Coming back from 0-6 and 1-7 defeats, Hammarby didn't inspire much confidence as they hosted last season's number two Djurgården. But after just one minute of playing time, Nazanin Vaseghpanah escaped a disorganised Djurgården defense and chipped goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. And just minutes later this feat was repeated by Daniella Chamoun, making it 2-0 for the hosts after less than 10 minutes. Djurgården tried to work themselves back into the match after the shock opening, but their defense remained vulnerable and in spite of hard work from Victoria Svensson and Marijke Callebaut in midfield they never managed to dominate as expected. Hammarby's goalkeeper Kathrin Lehmann, back from her successfull ice hockey excursion, inspired confidence in her defense. Instead of a Djurgården goal, Hammarby managed to extend their lead to 3 goals when Lisa Björkvik exploited another defense mistake from Djurgården.
Hammarby's coach Anders Bengtsson was of course very pleased with his team's comeback from the difficult games against Malmö and Umeå. But it was an extremely heavy loss for Djurgården and sport director Mikael Söderman admitted that his team will have a lot to work with the coming days.
Damfotboll.com: Vilken Lehmann-effekt, Bajen!
Bälinge - Umeå Södra FF 1 - 1 (0-1)
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Lisa Lantz, Lina Andersson, Natalie Spilger, Emma Lindqvist - Julia Lyckberg (63 Noelle Keselica), Linda Blom, Joanna Lohmann, Katri Nokso-Koivisto (71 Sarah Storck) - Emma Jonsson (63 Emilia Appelqvist), Ida Brännström
Umeå Södra: Minna Meriluoto - Maria Wiktorsson, Petra Vaelma, Moa Westermark, Anna Rehn - Vanessa Mångsén, Emma Sundberg, Hanna Folkesson, Anna Forss (79 Patricia Hägglund) - Linda Fransson, Jennifer Nobis (86 Elina Sormunen)
Goals: 0-1 Jennifer Nobis (7), 1-1 Lina Andersson (78)
It is too early to talk about must-win matches, but for both teams this was one of those matches they should win, if they wanted to avoid relegation. Södra opened best with a early goal from Jennifer Nobis (an impressive solo run through Bälinge's defense), but over time Bälinge took command. This was particulary noticeable after some second half substitutions. Team captain Lina Andersson could equalise after a corner kick and the rest was Bälinge pressure on Umeå Södra's goal, but without success.
Bälinge's coach Zaine Söderlund was pleased with the way his team played and particulary with the second half substitutes Storck and Keselica. The 4-3-3 set-up he used the last 30 minutes was successful - "We were like a completely new team after the change", commented Noelle Keselica - but, said Söderlund, our forwards need to score.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Nollan spräckt för Bälinge, Keselica: Det är så här vi ska spela
Damallsvenskan: Another big loss for Hammarby
KIF Örebro - Kristianstads DFF 1 - 0 (1-0)
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Ingrid Ericson, Stina Segerström, Sanna Valkonen, Marina Pettersson - Elin Magnusson, Lena Andersson, Marie Hammarström, Marie Nordbrant - Leena Puranen, Caroline Näfver (79 Kim Ekebom)
Kristianstad: Maria Edman - Johanna Jönsson, Maria Åhlund, Johanna Rosén, Ifeoma Dieke (88 Veronica Persson) - Therese Björk, Sofie Persson, Vlora Bajraktaraj, Erla Arnadottir - Frida Pettersson (73 Elin Bjerre), Susanne Moberg
Goals: 1-0 Leena Puranen (42)
Örebro's Finnish attacker Leena Puranen admitted she had had problems sleeping after the goalless draw against Bälinge last Wednesday, having missed numerous scoring chances. This time around will feel better. She recieved the ball with her right, turned her defender and scored with her left - a real class goal.
Puranen's goal was one of Örebro's few bright points in the match. They were unable to hold possession for any longer periods and if not for a couple of great saves by national team goalkeeper Kristin Hammarström, the result could have been another.
Kristianstad suffered their first loss in 28 matches - they went through their first division season last year like a miniature Umeå. In spite of the unfamiliar feeling of defeat, they were fairly satisfied with the performance, even if they didn't manage to reach the same level as against Djurgården. A late cancellation from full-back Carolin Ericsson forced Ifeoma Dieke to start after only three days with the team. She had understandably some problems initially playing in an unknown team.
Nerikes Allehanda: Leena fixade segern till KIF
Kristianstadsbladet: Förlust för KDFF i Örebro
LDB FC Malmö - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 3 - 2 (1-1)
Malmö: Stephanie Öhrström - Therese Jönsson, Emma Wilhelmsson, Malin Levenstad, Lina Nilsson - Nilla Fischer - Frida Nordin, Dora Stefansdottir (64 Pavlina Scasna), Therese Lundin, Therese Sjögren - Manon Melis (88 Emma Stålhammar)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Marlene Sjöberg, Jane Törnqvist, Jenny Hallstensson, Amelie Rybäck - Ingvild Stensland, Johanna Almgren (78 Lisa Ek), Maria Karlsson - Lotta Schelin (66 Linnea Liljegärd), Sara Lindén, Emelie Farfa (71 Sofie Andersson)
Goals: 1-0 Manon Melis (33), 1-1 Ingvild Stensland (42), 2-1 Manon Melis (49), 2-2 Maria Karlsson (57 PK), 3-2 Therese Sjögran (66)
"More exciting than necessary" was a common comment after a match that a dominant Malmö should have closed much earlier than in the final second. In spite of Göteborg showing up a much better defense than last year and a very alert Ingvild Stensland, Malmö were strong in the first half and took over completely in the second. Speedy Dutch forward Manon Melis scored a brace, making her tally 4 goals in two matches and one of the best on the pitch, Therese Sjögran, forced in the rebound from her own shot to score the winner.
Göteborg came from behind two times, Ingvild Stensland scored with a surprisingly weak shot after an admirable solo performance and Maria Karlsson converting a penalty kick that Lotta Schelin earned for her team. In the final seconds of the match they could have made it a third time when young debutant Linnea Liljegärd hit the horizontal bar.
Lotta Schelin started handicapped by an inflamed tendon and was not quite her usual self. She substuituted out herself after earning a penalty for Göteborg with more leg pains and a possible injury.
Fotbollskanalen: match clip
Göteborgsposten: Knapp förlust för Göteborg
Sydsvenskan: Melis bjöd på mellanmål
Linköpings FC - Umeå Södra FF 4 - 0 (2-0)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Sara Larsson , Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Josefine Öqvist (74 Ann Westermark), Daniela, Caroline Seger, Maria Karlsson (83 Maja Krantz) - Cristiane (69 Kosovare Asllani), Jessica Landström
Umeå Södra: Jessica Lundberg - Maria Wictorsson, Moa Westermark, Petra Vaelma, Anna Rehn - Vanessa Mångsén (87 Anna Forss), Elina Sormunen (63 Victoria Forsmark), Emma Sundberg, Linda Fransson - Jennifer Nobis, Terese Andersson (46 Patricia Hägglund)
Goals: 1-0 Maria Karlsson (30), 2-0 Josefine Öqvist (35), 3-0 Sara Larsson (68), 4-0 Jessica Landström (86)
Umeå Södra, still feeling the victory over Sunnanå last Wednesday in their legs, didn't have much to put up against a fresh Linköping. The general feeling among the Linköping players were that they really should have scored more goals. And they were probably right - 28 shots at goal against nil. The new Brazilian stars showed themselves for their home crowd for the first time. Daniela made a great performance, tough and skilled with great vision, while Cristiane was subbed out after having problems finding her place.
"We were under fire for 90 minutes", commented Södra's coach Torbjörn Nordström, who still were pleased with his team's effort and fighting spirit.
Corren: Landström hittade rätt - till slut
Västerbottens Folkblad: Södra är nere på jorden igen
Sunnanå SK - Bälinge IF 0 - 0 (0-0)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Carina Holmberg, Mirjam Marklund, Sanna Frostevall, Alexandra Nilsson (77 Sandra Berggren) - Kristina Wiklund, Anna Bodén (85 Rebecca Smith), Josefine Johansson, Johanna Lindahl - Petpetua Nkwocha, Lina Johansson
Bälinge: Veronica Svensson - Lisa Lantz, Natalie Spilger, Lina Andersson, Emma Lindqvist - Linda Blom, Julia Lyckberg (82 Noelle Keselica), Emilia Appelqvist, Katri Nokso-Koivisto (59 Karolina Mats) - Emma Jonsson, Ida Brännström
After the match against Umeå Södra last Wednesday, Sunnanå's Nigerian forward Perpetua Nkwocha wished that she would never have to play in snow again. Her wish was not fullfilled. The snow moved horisontally over the field at Sunnanå's home arena Norvalla, you could hardly see the match clock from the stands and how the referee could distinguish the lines is anybody's guess. Sunnanå pressed hard against a furiously defending Bälinge, but had just as big scoring problems as they had against Umeå Södra in the last match - 25 finishes but not a single goal. Bälinge's goalkeeper Veronica Svensson had another good day and the well organized defense with Lina Andersson and Natalie Spilger also helped. But Sunnanå's lack of efficiency in the attack is becoming a problem for the team.
Norra Västerbotten: Fruset målskytte
Upsala Nya Tidning: Mållöst och uddlöst - igen
Umeå IK -Hmmarby IF 6 - 0 (5-0)
Umeå: Carola Söberg - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund, June Pedersen - Lisa Dahlqvist, Hanna Ljungberg (71 Mami Yamaguchi), Frida Östberg (61 Emelie Konradsson) - Ramona Bachmann (61 Sofia Jakobsson), Madeleine Edlund, Marta
Hammarby: Lisa Mattsson - Matilda Agné, Karin Lissel, Elin Sölveskog, Anna Lindblom (74 Malin Broberg) - Jennie Jonsson, Andrea Comaneci - Madeleine Tegström (58 Emma Wall), Nazanin Vaseghpanah, Daniella Chamoun - Lisa Björkvik (90 Josefine Christensen)
Goals: 1-0 Marta (21), 2-0 Madeleine Edlund (25), 3-0 Ramona Bachmann (26), 4-0 Frida Östberg (32), 5-0 Madeleine Edlund (35), 6-0 Hanna Ljungberg (54)
Falling snow and freezing cold - it was a wonder anyone showed up for Umeå's home opener. Even Umeå's players looked reluctant at start - bad passes, bad decisions. But then Marta opened the scoring with a direct free-kick and Umeå went on a fifteen minutes five goals rampage with Madeleine Edlund in the leading part. After that the match was over and the most interesting with Hanna Ljungberg's second half goal was that it was Hanna Ljungberg scoring. Hammarby tried to fight back, but never really managed to threaten Umeå. Even coach Jeglertz said that he understood that the players wanted to take it a bit easy once they had scored their first half goals. Västerbottenskuriren: Edlund - en ljuspunkt i snöovädret
Västerbottens Folkblad: UIK vann med 6-0