Hammarby and Piteå wins friendlies

Hammarby IF - Bollstanäs SK  3 - 0
Hammarby (starters): Minna Merilouto - Annica Svensson, Elin Sölveskog, Karin Lissel, Kicki Bengtsson - Madeleine Tegström, Lena Andersson - Leena Puranen, Johanna Andersson, Sara Wiman -Nina Hietanen
Goals: 1-0 Sara Wiman, 2-0 Johanna Andersson, 3-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Hammarby defeated another Stockholm side, Bollstanäs, in their first outdoor match for the season. Bollstanäs, a promotion contender to damallsvenskan last year, but narrowly beaten by Piteå, never threatened Hammarby. Hammarby played their usual 4-2-3-1 and they tried out most of their new signings as starters. Two of these made the score sheet, Sara Wiman (IFK Gävle) and Johanna Andersson (Jitex).
Seger i första träningsmatchen

Piteå IF - Sunnanå SK  2 - 1
Sunnanå: Eva Nilsson - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Sanna Frostevall, Maggie Esseryd - Josefin Johansson, Carina Holmberg, Erika Karlsson, Matilda Forslund (45 Magdalena Rosendahl) - Linda Fransson, Lisa Renberg.
Goals: 0-1 Josefin Johansson, 1-1 Marie Lundqvist, 2-1 Johanna Lindahl
Piteå played their second training match this season, taking advantage of the full size indoor arena in nearby Luleå. This was a littyle disadvantage for Sunnanå, playing their first after training a month in gym halls. Piteå's Håkan Norberg was pleased with his team managing to come from behind and win, showing they're on the right way preparing for their first Damallsvenskan season.
In Sunnanå Hanna Marklund made her eagerly awaited come-back. She was not really up to match pace yet, but played 90 minutes.
Damfotboll.com: Piteå slog Sunnanå
Norra Västerbotten: Släkten är värst - Lindahl sänkte Sunnanå i premiären
Piteåtidningen: Visst ser det bra ut, Piteå

Kristianstad, Piteå plays first friendlies

It's January, it's cold, most of the country is covered in snow, but if you have the facilities you can still play football matches. Kristianstad in the snow-free far south baptised the city's brand new artificial turf ground and Piteå in the snow-covered far north took advantage of the full size indoor arena in nearby Luleå.

Kristianstad - Ovesholm 7 - 0 (4-0)
Goals: 1-0 Susanne Moberg (19), 2-0 Frida Pettersson (39), 3-0 Sofie Andersson (44), 4-0 Susanne Moberg (46), 5-0 Gudny Odinsdottir (86 PK), 6-0 Emma Sjödahl (90), 7-0 Pernilla Falk (90)
Kristianstad invited the local 3rd division side Ovesholm and won comfortably. The new coach Elisabet Gunnarsdottir is still evaluating players. New signings Sofie Andersson from Göteborg and Icelandic Holmfridur Odinsdóttir on the wings impressed most. 19 year old Dafina Memedov, who was really close to sign with newcomers Stattena, also played her first game for her new club.
Nyförvärv fick visa upp sig

Piteå - Mariehem 1 - 0
Goals: Johanna Lindahl
Piteå played their first training match for the season against 1st division side Mariehem from Umeå. In spite of a goalwise narrow win, Piteå dominated thoroughly. The lone goal was scored by former Sunnanå player Johanna Lindahl, signed just days ago.
Damfotboll.com: Piteå IF vann nykomlingsmötet

Umeå routs Arsenal in Frida (and Marta?) farewell game

Umeå IK - Arsenal  6 - 0 (2-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund – Frida Östberg, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Anna Paulson – Mami Yamaguchi, Hanna Ljungberg (69 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Lisa Dahlkvist – Marta, Johanna Rasmusssen, Ramona Bachmann (85 Sofia Jakobsson)
Goals: 1-0 Marta (1), 2-0 Marta (44), 3-0 Marta (46), 4-0 Hanna Ljungberg (48), 5-0 Marta (59), 6-0 Ulla-Karin Rönnlund (74 PK)
Attendance: 2,493
A very open first half, lots of shots from both sides. Marta took Arsenal sleeping, scoring directly from the kick-off, but a lot of the rest of the first half was waiting for Arsenal to equalise, having the more dangerous finishes. Umeå's lead was preserved several times by goalkeeper Ulla-Karin Rönnlund, who made a couple of great saves.
But Marta scored at the end of the first half and as Arsenal reentered after half-time, set on scoring two goals to catch up, she scored again, beating Arsenal's defense to a deep ball. When Hanna Ljungberg made it 4-0 minutes later, set up with a great chip by Mami Yamaguchi, Arsenal imploded. The rest was Umeå showing off and even letting a couple of their youngsters getting a feel of the big games the last minutes.
Only hours before the match, Umeå's veteran och team captain Frida Östberg revealed that this would be her last match for Umeå and her last in top football. Frida came to Umeå IK 1995 and is together with Hanna Ljungberg and Ulla-Karin Rönnlund the last players that has been with Umeå since before they were promoted to Damallsvenskan.
match clip
Sydsvenskan: Målfyrverkeri av Marta
Västerbottens Folkblad: Tack för showen, Marta
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta: "Det var en fantastisk seger"

Umeå lose to Arsenal in first leg of Women's Cup quarterfinal

Arsenal - Umeå IK  3 - 2  (1-1)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulson, Karolina Westberg, Johanna Frisk, Frida Östberg - Lisa Dahlqvist, Mami Yamaguchi, Hanna Ljungberg - Madelaine Edlund (28 Sofia Jakobsson), Ramona Bachmann, Johanna Rasmussen (85 Marta)
Goals: 1-0 Jayne Ludlow (2), 1-1 Mami Yamaguchi (13), 1-2 Frida Östberg (70), 2-2 Julie Fleeting (77), 3-2 Kim Little (80)
Attendance: 454
Umeå was unlucky already in the first third of the match, when striker Madeleine Edlund went down after a duel for a high corner ball, landing on her neck. She became unconscious and was stretchered off the field with a neck stabiliser and oxygen mask. Reports from the hospital suggests that it looked worse than it turned out to be. Probably better reports tomorrow.
Västerbottenskuriren's play-by-play, it looks like Umeå had a lot more finishes before the 12 minute break for Edlund's injury. After that Arsenal had a fairly good grip over the match, or at least a lot more scoring opportunities than Umeå.
More details tomorrow, I hope.
Arsenal: Match report

Linköping wins Swedish Cup after extra-time goal by Öqvist

Linköping FC - Umeå IK  1 - 0 (0-0, 0-0)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Maja Krantz, Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Maria Karlsson (96 Ann Westermark), Petra Larsson, Daniela, Caroline Seger, Josefine Öqvist (115 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen) - Kosovare Asllani (106 Tilda Heimersson)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Frida Östberg, Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg, Anna Paulson - Mami Yamaguchi (63 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Hanna Ljungberg, Lisa Dahlkvist - Johanna Rasmussen (74 Sofia Jakobsson), Madelaine Edlund, Marta (90 Ramona Bachmann)
Goals: 1-0 Josefine Öqvist (110)
Attendance: 375
Umeå was by far the better side in the first half, dominating midfield and pretty much roaming free on the wings, but didn't manage to craete more scoring chances than Linköping did. Linköping were sitting far back in the field and mostly trying long passes aimed at Kosovare Asllani. The half-time consensus, and Linköping's captain Caroline Seger agreed passionately, was that if Linköping couldnt find a way to change the picture, they would be killed by Umeå in the second half.
And Linköping did that. They showed more courage, held on to the ball better and started to win more one-on-ones. Linköping's national team defenders Larsson and Rohlin impressed and were almost faultless. Umeå's Marta, who were allowed much less space than in the last match between the teams, had a couple of dangerous attacks but were substituted after the 90 regulation minutes. She complained about a hip pain, but I also think Jeglertz wanted to save her for the two remaining UEFA Cup matches in November.
Linköping grew more and more confident the longe the match went. When Josefine Öqvist, ten minutes from a penalty shoot-out, headed in the winning goal from a corner kick by Petra Larsson, it was just as fair result as an Umeå win would have been. Huge celebrations ensued from a very happy Linköping team - the cup win was at least a bit of revenge for losing the league title struggle to Umeå.
Öqvist cuphjälte för Linköping, match clip 30 seconds in to the sports news
Expressen: Öqvist sköt guldet till Linköping
Corren: LFC vann svenska cupen
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta skadad när Umeå föll i cupfinalen

Linköping and Umeå to Swedish Cup final

Linköping FC - Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC  4 - 0 (2-0)
Linköping: Hedvig Lindahl - Anna-Kaisa Rantanen, Sara Larsson, Charlotte Rohlin, Marie-Louise Skålberg - Ann Westermark, Caroline Seger, Petra Larsson, Maria Karlsson (58 Maja Krantz) - Daniela (82 Lisa Nilsson), Kosovare Asllani (76 Tilda Heimersson)
Göteborg: Sandra Bjurteg - Camilla Schelin (65 Sofie Andersson), Amelie Rybeck, Jane Törnqvist, Marlene Sjöberg - Lisa Ek, Ingvild Stensland, Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren - Linnea Liljegärd (73 Sofia Karlsson), Sara Lindén
Goals: 1-0 Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (6), 2-0 Kosovare Asllani (26), 3-0 Petra Larsson (47), 4-0 Caroline Seger (88)
Attendance: 605
A strong Linköping performance let them dominate throughout the entire match. Göteborg made an effort to change this, making an offensive change after 65 minutes and playing with a 3 player back-line. It didn't help much.

Djurgårdens IF - Umeå IK  3 - 4 (3-3 FT, 2-0 HT)
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Sara Thunebro, Therese Brogårde (117 Mia Jalkerud), Annemarie Norlin, Malin Engdahl - Marijke Callebaut (105 Jennifer Meier), Femke Maes, Victoria Svensson, Anna Hall - Linda Sällström, Rebecca Johnson (79 Anna Lagerberth)
Goals: 1-0 Femke Maes (7), 2-0 Therese Brogårde (25), 2-1 Mami Yamaguchi (52), 3-1 Victoria Svensson (64), 3-2 Johanna Rasmussen (65), 3-3 Marta (75), 3-4 Marta (101)
Attendance: 235
Djurgården has had a slightly erratic season. They have lost to teams like Kristianstad and Hammarby, while they have won points from all the top four teams. They tied the two league matches against Umeå, and were actually closer to victory in at least one. The Swedish Cup semifinal turned out the same way. It was an exciting match, with Umeå clinching the win in extra time. It was also as usual a tight, physical match, four yellow cards, three of them to Umeå. Umeå once again managed to come back from being behind 2-0 and 3-1. In the end it was Umeå's two main weapons that made the difference - mentality and Marta. Frida Östberg explanation after the match, that "we know that we can score a lot of goals". And, of course, Marta played the crucial role in scoring these, after making a rather pale performance in the earlier parts.
Umeå and Linköping will play the Cup final in Linköping on November 1.
Dagens Nyheter:
Skadedrabbat DIF missar cupfinal
Västerbottenskuriren: Marta fixade finalplats i förlängningen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Marta tog UIK till final

Djurgården breeze by Bälinge to Swedish Cup semis

Bälinge IF - Djurgården  0 - 4 (0-3)
Djurgården: Nadine Angerer - Freja Hellenberg, Therese Brogårde, Anne-Marie Norlin, Malin Engdahl (46 Marijke Callebaut) - Sara Thunebro (75 Anna Lagerberth), Femke Maes, Victoria Svensson, Anna Hall - Linda Sällström (71 Rebecca Johnson), Mia Jalkerud
Goals: 0-1 Victoria Svensson, 0-2 Linda Sällström, 0-3 Sara Thunebro, 0-4 Sara Thunebro
Attendance: 153
Djurgården scored 3 goals in the first 11 minutes of the Swedish Cup quarter final at Bälinge. They continued to create chances, but after the first 30 minutes Bälinge began to stand up better and managed a decent performance in the second, at least defensively. They had, as they have had the entire season, huge problems challenging in the attack.
Djurgården advances to the Cup semifinals, where they will meet Umeå IK.
Upsala Nya Tidning:
Bälinges sista hemmamatch slut efter tio minuter
Djurgården: Vinst i cup-kvarten

Arsenal next for Umeå

Three straight wins for Umeå in the UEFA Women's Cup second group stage, partly in a rather impressing fashion. Winning the group puts them in the quarters against Arsenal, that lost their group  final against Lyon.

Umeå IK - Bardolino Verona  4 - 0 (0-0)

Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Frida Östberg, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund (81 Emma Kullberg), Anna Paulson - Mami Yamaguchi (63 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Hanna Ljungberg, Lisa Dahlkvist - Marta, Madelaine Edlund (68 Johanna Rasmussen), Ramona Bachmann.
Goals: 0-1 Ramona Bachmann (55), 0-2 Marta (62), 0-3 Ulla-Karin Rönnlund (65 PK), 0-4 Marta (90)
A weak first half for Umeå, where they let Bardolino in the match and the Italians actually created several good opportunities to take the lead. Looked better in the second, apparently after harsh words from coach Jeglertz at halftime. Marta and Ramona Bachmann were the creative couple and coalie Ulla-Karin Rönnlund scored her second goal this season, scoring on a penalty kick.

Ramona Bachmann hat-trick takes Umeå to UEFA Cup quarters

Umeå IK - Alma KTZH  6 - 0 (6-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulson, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund, Frida Östberg, - Mami Yamaguchi (46 June Pedersen), Lisa Dahlqvist, Emelie Konradsson - Marta (46 Madeleine Edlund), Ramona Bachmann, Johanna Rasmussen (60 Elin Landström)
Goals: 1-0 Marta (6), 2-0 Ramona Bachmann (10), 3-0 Ramona Bachmann (15), 4-0 Ramona Bachmann (29), 5-0 Marta (32), 6-0 Johanna Rasmussen (36)
A perfect first half for Umeå, fast, efficient play, lots of finishes and six goals. The second half was more controlled and Umeå took the opportunity to rest some key players while junior Elin Landström got to make her debut for the first team.
UIK:s mål mot Alma (video)

Hanna Ljungberg leads Umeå to UEFA Cup win over Valur

The second group stage of the UEFA Women's Cup is played at, among other places, Umeå. Umeå plays Valur from Reykjavik on Iceland, Bardolino from Verona in Italy and Alma KTZH from Khazakstan. Bardolino defeated Alma 2-1 in the other group match. It looks like Umeå has been taking the drivers seat here.

Umeå IK - Valur Reykjavik 5 - 1 (3-0)

Umeå: Carola Söberg - Frida Östberg, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund, Anna Paulsson - Lisa Dahlkvist, Mami Yamaguchi (82 June Pedersen), Hanna Ljungberg (72 Emelie Konradsson) - Johanna Rasmussen, Madelaine Edlund (66 Ramona Bachman), Marta
Goals: 1-0 Hanna Ljungberg (10), 2-0 Hanna Ljungberg (29), 3-0 Hanna Ljungberg (41), 3-1 Margret Lara Vidarsdottir (51), 4-1 Madelaine Edlund (52), 5-1 Marta (76).
In thirty first half minutes Hanna Ljungberg scored three goals on Valur, effectively closing the game. Almost everything went in against a somewhat shaky Icelandic defense. "But I had some luck too" a very happy Hanna said after the match.
Valur played a conservative 4-5-1, prepared to spend a lot of time defending, but were very passive, letting Umeå direct the game. Umeå could beat them by moving the ball around with a lot of speed.
Valur's only threat to Umeå, striker Margret Lara Vidarsdottir, showed her class but was mostly caught in Umeå''s offside traps.
Hanna sänkte imponerade islänningar
SVT: Match clip

Göteborg knocks Malmö out of the Swedish Cup

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - LDB FC Malmö  3 - 2 (0-0, 1-1 et)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson (17 Sandra Bjurteg) - Elin Dahl Örn, Amelie Rybeck (46 Sofia Karlsson), Jane Törnqvist, Marlene Sjöberg - Emmelie Farfa (81 Sofie Andersson), Ingvild Stensland, Maria Karlsson, Johanna Almgren - Sara Lindén, Linnea Liljegärd
Goals: 0-1 Maria Aronsson (75), 1-1 Sara Lindén (82), 1-2 Pavlina Scasna (100), 2-2 Sofia Karlsson (109 PK), 3-2 Linnea Liljegärd (110)
Attendance: 379
In view of Malmö's impressing record against Göteborg, only one defeat in 33 meets before this match, Göteborg's win in the Swedish Cup quarterfinal was both surprising and impressing. Their forward duo Lindén and Liljegärd  once again showed that there is a life for Göteborg without Lotta Schelin. Liljegärd, who escaped last year relegates Falköping to join Göteborg this season, found herself free with only Caroline Jönsson to beat and had the cool just chip the ball over her.
Linnea avgjorde mot Malmö

Swedish Cup: Linköping squeeze into semifinals

Kif Örebro - Linköping FC  0 - 1 (0-0)
Goals: 0-1 Jessica Landström (59)
Attendance: 400
In a reportedly fairly slow and not very well played match, Linköping defeated Örebro in the Swedish Cup quarterfinal with a goal by Jessica Landström. Her shot changed direction on an Örebro defender and caught goalkeeper Kristin Hammarström on the wrong side.
Linköping rested Daniela and Sara Larsson, while Örebro could muster their first team including Maria Nordbrandt, starting for the first time this fall after her thigh injury.
Nerikes Allehanda:
KIF Örebro föll mot allsvenska topplaget

Swedish Cup: Hard fought win for Umeå over Sunnanå

Sunnanå SK - Umeå IK  3 - 5 (2-2)
Goals: 1-0 Magdalena Esseryd (16), 1-1 Mami Yamaguchi (23), 2-1 Magdalena Esseryd (28), 2-2 Marta (44), 3-2 Lina Johansson (47), 3-3 Mami Yamaguchi (70), 3-4 Marta (85), 3-5 Hanna Ljungberg (92)
Attendance: 303
"I hate going up here to play" said Umeå's coach Andrée Jeglertz after the Sunday afternoon match, illustrating the problems Umeå often has defeating their local rivals at their home turf. In the Swedish Cup quarter final, the first half of the match was Sunnanå's, where usual fullback Maggie Esseryd was very successful in her new position on the left wing. Jeglertz was critical to his team's performance in the first half, halfhearted in ball duels and falling back too much in defense, but he also praised the team moral that helped them come from behind three times. Sunnanå's Kaj Eskelinen was mostly happy with the performance, but "if you are going to defeat Umeå, you have to be faultless in defense".
Västerbottens Folkblad:
”Jag hatar att möta Sunnanå här uppe”
Västerbottenskuriren: Hanna Ljungberg hittar målet igen

Summer friendlies

There has of course been some vacation time for those Damallsvenskan players, who hasn't had any Olympic obligations, but they have now been back in training for quite some time and played several warm-up games. Without any claim to be complete, this is what I've got:

AIK defeated 1st division side Älvsjö AIK 6-1 with goals by Louise Fors (3), Kate Gill, Annica Sjölund and Jessica Julin. They could use their entire squad with the exception of Lisa De Vanna, who hadn't returned from Australia. Last Thursday they played Djurgården in a final tune-up game, now with De Vanna present. It was a 2-2 draw, goals by Lisa De Vanna and Kate Gill for AIK and by Marijke Callebaut and Victoria Svensson for Djurgården. Djurgården subbed in their Swedish national team players after 60 minutes, while the Germans obviously still hasn't arrived.

Earlier during the summer Djurgården played LDB FC Malmö, both teams with a lot of replacement players. It ended 2-2 with Jennifer Meier and Femke Maes giving Djurgården a 2-0 lead already after less than 10 minutes. Therese Jönsson and Therese Lundin scored to equalise for Malmö. Djurgården continued the summer break friendlies with a 2-0 win over Hammarby, goals by Anna Lagerberth and Anna Hall.

LDB FC also played 2nd division side IFK Kalmar in an exhibition match, winning 7-2 with goals by Therese Lundin (3), Pavlina Scasna (2) Frida Nordin and Dóra Stefánsdóttir. Bälinge won a match and scored 6 goals, which must have felt good for the team, even if it was against local 2nd division side Märsta. Emilia Appelquist (2), Katri Nokso-Koivisto, Noelle Keselica (2) and Alexandra Höglund were the goalscorers.

Hammarby had a warmup against Djurgården, as mentioned earlier, and also played 1st division team Bollstanäs, a 1-0 win after a goal be Elin Sölveskog. Kif Örebro went to Norway and played two matches against Team Strömmen, presently on 4th place in the Norwegian league. They won both matches, 4-1 and 1-0.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg also played Norwegian competition. Norways champions and league leaders Röa visited Sweden and played a 2-2 draw. Both Göteborg goals by Sara Lindén. Their summer matches also includes a 12-0 friendly against lower division Ytterby IS and a 2-1 win over teenage boys from Jonsereds IF, Sara Lindén and Maria Karlsson scored, wearlier today. Lotta Schelin was there, mingling with the crowd, but didn't play.

Kristianstads DFF played their final warm-up last night, defeating Stattena, 1st division leaders with a good chance of promoting to Damallsvenskan. Kristianstad won 2-1 after goals by Vlora Bajraktaraj and Pernilla Falk. And finally Sunnanå and Umeå Södra played each other a week ago, drawing 1-1. Marjam Marklund gave Sunnanå the lead and Terese Andersson equalised in the final minutes.

Umeå lose to Brazil

Umeå IK - Brazil  0 - 2 (0-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund (46 Carola Söberg) - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Karolina Westberg (56 Emma Berglund), Frida Östberg (71 Ida Åberg Zingmark) - Emmelie Konradsson (56 Emma Åberg Zingmark), Lisa Dahlqvist (85 Frida Östberg), Mami Yamaguchi - Johanna Rasmussen (26 June Pedersen), Sofia Jakobsson (46 Marta, 71 Sofia Jakobsson), Madelaine Edlund.
Goals: 0-1 Fabiana (56), 0-2 Cristiane (72)
Attendance: 5,032
A very friendly friendly in front of a decent crowd in nice summer weather. Umeå tried out a new midfield and let a lot of their teenagers earn useful international experience. Umeå kept up well with the Brazilians, that didn't really look like Olympic championship contenders in the first half. In particular the defense worked well. The musical chairs game of substitutions in the second half lowered both pace and quality in the game. Brazil scored twice in the second half, first Fabiana headed in a cross from Cristiane and then they changed roles for the second, Fabiana playing a deep pass on Cristiane's feet, who had an easy finish alone with the keeper.
Marta played 30 minutes in the first half for Brazil and then came on for Umeå in the second.  Johanna Rasmussen left the pitch already after less than half an hour with a bloody nose following a run-in with Marta. No big deal, though, Johanna expects to be playing again in the repeat match on Sunday.
Umeå's player of the match was young Japanese Mami Yamaguchi, who worked hard and played simple in Umeå's midfield.
Västerbottens Folkblad:
En liten japanska dominerade mot Brasilien
SVT: Brasilien slog UIK (video)

Swedish Cup: Umeå advance to QF

Sundsvalls DFF - Umeå IK  0 - 4 (0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Johanna Rasmussen (18), 0-2 Madeleine Edlund (36), 0-3 Johanna Rasmussen (64), 0-4 Johanna Rasmussen (81)
Umeå defeated the 2nd tier side Sundsvall without overstraining themselves. In Marta's absence Johanna Rasmussen could play on her preferred left side, which proved fruitful. Umeå's defender Emma Berglund was sent out with a red card early in the second half, but that didn't change the match picture.
The information about the red card is a bit sketchy, but it seems like the situation involved an elbow after the play had been whistled off. Not good if that's what happened.
Sundsvalls Tidning:
Sundsvalls DFF utslagna ur Svenska Cupen
Västerbottenskuriren: Rasmussen "cupade" in ett hattrick

This match concludes the 5th round of the Swedish Cup. Next round, the quarter finals (Kopparbergs/Göteborg-LDB FC Malmö, Bälinge-Djurgården, Kif Örebro-Linköping and Sunnanå-Umeå), will be played after the Olympics.

Swedish Cup round 5: Anticipated results. Mostly.

Six of the eight matches in the 5 round of the Swedish Cup was played Wednesday night.

IF Team Hudik - Bälinge 2 - 5 (2-2)
Goals: 1-0 Emelie Becker (26), 1-1 Lisa Lantz (33), 2-1 Sofie Becker (39), 2-2 Alexandra Höglund (40), 2-3 Alexandra Höglund (61), 2-4 Sarah Stork (87), 2-5 Emilia Appelqvist (89)
Bälinge has problems in the premier league, but against a 2nd division side they shouldn't have much problem. 2-2 at halftime was worrying, but after some frank words in the locker-room, there were much more edge in Bälinge's attacks.
Upsala Nya Tidning:
Bälinge vidare i cupen

AIK - Djurgården 1 - 2 (1-0)
Goals: 1-0 Elin Ekblom Bak (24), 1-1 Linda Sällström (52), 1-2 Mia Jalkerud (76)
Djurgården showed up with all their first picks, while AIK still has De Vanna and Gill playing football for Australia in the far east, now the Peace Queen Cup in Korea. AIK had a good first half and looked on top of things, but Djurgården were much more aggressive after halftime and earned the win. AIK's Laura Kalmari subbed in at 84 minutes, making her comeback after maternity leave.
AIK: AIK utslagna ur Svenska cupen

Linköpings FC - Hammarby IF 3 - 1 (2-0)
Goals: 1-0 Own goal (25), 2-0 Kosovare Asllani (38), 3-0 Lisa Nilsson (60), 3-1 Malin Pålsson (77)
Linköping started with several players that are usually on the bench, goalscorers Asllani and Nilsson among them, but were still good enough to dominate against guesting Hammarby. 18 years old forward Kosovare Asllani impressed and coach Daniel Pettersson regretted that he hasn't used her more in the league matches.
Linköping FC: Nu väntar kvartsfinal i cupen
Corren: Fin insats av Asllani

Jitex BK - Kopparbergs/Göteborg 0 - 4 (0-2)
Goals: 0-1 Sara Lindén (14), 0-2 Sara Lindén (36), 0-3 Ingvild Stensland (53), 0-4 Sara Lindén (59)
A comfortable win for Göteborg over 1st division top side Jitex. The team seems to have preserved their recent good form, Lindén keeps scoring and Stensland owns the midfield.
Göteborg FC: Seger mot Jitex i omg. 5 av Svenska Cupen

Byttorps IF - KIF Örebro DFF 0 - 7 (0-5)

Goals: 0-1 Hanna Pettersson (8), 0-2 Leena Puranen (16), 0-3 Lena Andersson (39), 0-4 Hanna Pettersson (41), 0-5 Leena Puranen (45), 0-6 Hanna Pettersson (55), 0-7 Susanna Lehtinen (69)
Byttorp isn't one of the better 1st division sides, but it's still a good sign that Örebro managed to create a good score-line with a lot of goals from their forwards. And important winger Maria Nordbrant, who has been on the injury list, made her come-back on the field.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro klart för kvartsfinal i cupen

Umeå Södra FF - Sunnanå SK 0 - 3 (0-1)
Goals: 0-1 Perpetua Nkwocha (11), 0-2 Josefin Johansson (76), 0-3 Lisa Renberg (84)
Sunnanå got their revenge for the loss the teams first encounter in Damallsvenskan's first round. Both teams used a lot of reserves and Sunnanå wore down the Umeå team, that breally couldn't defend themselves at the end of the match.
Norra Västerbotten: "Jossan" sänkte sina gamla lagkamrater

LDB FC Malmö's match against local competitor Husie was played late May and resulted in a 5-0 Malmö win, goals by Emma Stålhammar (2), Lina Nilsson, Maria Aronsson, and Therese Lundin. Umeå plays Sundsvall June 28.

UEFA Cup thoughts

Umeå IK suffered their third defeat, second consecutive, in an UEFA Women's Cup final, playing 1-1 at home and losing 3-2 in front of an almost 28,000 stong partisan crowd in Frankfurt. If you're reading this, you are probably well aquainted with the events of the home and away against FFC Frankfurt that decided the UEFA Cup. I didn't manage to see more than parts of the Umeå match, so I will just direct you to uefa.com if you feel you need match reports.

I still want to comment on a few things from the matches:  
Umeå appearently lost because they didn't really play that well and most of the critizism I've seen falls on the defense. And if Conny Pohlers scores three goals on you, you're doing something wrong. You simply don't let her stand unmarked in the middle of the penalty area. There is no excuse for it.

What I saw of Umeå's build-up, it was too predictable. Long passes to Marta/Rasmussen/Bachman on the wings, who then were supposed to take on two defenders as they turned towards goal. Wouldn't it have been a good idea to try to place the ball inside of the full-back once in a while?

Marta was good as always, making the German defense work hard and both scoring and creating goals. Yamaguchi was almost-impressing in the unfamiliar position as defensive midfielder. And both club and fans should fall on their knees and thank Frida Östberg for deciding to return to Umeå. A team can't ask for a more suited captain. And she kept her side clean as left back. And she scored.

And a couple of other observations:

There was a bit of a row at the post-match press conference in Frankfurt. Umeå's Jeglertz and Arnqvist were upset over the behaviour from the audience - they whistled at Marta constantly, from the penalty all the way to the prize ceremony. The Umeå duo wanted Frankfurt's coach Hans-Jürgen Tritschok to apologize for the crowd's behaviour, but Tritschok thought she had brought it on herself: with all that twisting and turning and gesturing and talking when she falls (and falls much too easy), she is not real world class player.

I've just started reading a book on the 100 years of the Swedish national football team and already after Sweden's first international, against Norway 1908, there were press complaints about the unsportmanlike conduct from the home fans - the whistled and taunted the Norwegian visitors. A hundred years later, Arnqvist and Jeglertz are still upset. For my part, I like the fan's reaction. It's a good sign for the sport that the UEFA Women's Cup final creates both big crowds and big feelings. And Marta should of course be proud. Only someone that is truly capable of threatening the home team gets this kind of reception.

And even more ridicoulus than Arnqvist and Jeglertz was Frankfurt's Tritschok. He really can't have watched much football in his life. And of course also Tritschok echoes semtiments from early last century in my Swedish history book. Swedish sports press never tired of talking about the theatricals from the shifty and unreliable latin players, players that couldn't stand up like real men. I can't help remembering Karolina Westberg commenting on Birgit Prinz after playing Frankfurt a few years back: "For such a big woman, she falls awfully easy".

The other big talk was about the approaching end of Umeå's and Sweden's dominance on the European scene. It started with a few farewell interviews with Umeå's manager Roland Arnqvist, now retiring from ¨the team and possibly from women's football. The big challenge for Umeå and Swedish club football isn't the new American league, it is the old European leagues. It's Arsenal and Lyon. The day more big European clubs realize what contribution to the value of their brand a successful women's side can bring, it's game over for the small Swedish (and Norwegian and Danish) clubs. Umeå's entire annual spending (less than SEK 15 millions) isn't more than clubs like Lyon and Arsenal spend on wages for another benchsitter. But this is both inevitable and good for the sport, says Arnqvist.

And there were some talk about expanding the the competition by bringing in more teams from the big leagues. Something to look forward to. May we hope already this year??

Umeå IK - FFC Frankfurt 1 -1 (1-1)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Karoline Westberg, Frida Östberg - Lisa Dahlqvist, Mami Yamaguchi, Ramona Bachmann (68 Emelie Konradsson) - Marta, Madeleine Edlund, Johanna Rasmussen
Goals: 1-0 Marta (1), 1-1 Conny Pohlers (5)
May 17, Gammliavallen, Umeå
Attendance: 4,128

FFC Frankfurt - Umeå IK 3 -2 (1-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Anna Paulsson, Johanna Frisk, Karoline Westberg, Emma Berglund (46 Ramona Bachmann) - Frida Östberg, Lisa Dahlqvist, Mami Yamaguchi  - Marta, Madeleine Edlund (68 Sofia Jakobsson), Johanna Rasmussen
Goals: 1-0 Conny Pohlers (5). 2-0 Conny Pohlers (55), 2-1 Lisa Dahlqvist (68 PK), 3-1 Petra Wimbersky (71), 3-2 Frida Östberg (83)
May 24, Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance: 27,640

Even more last training matches

Sunnanå SK - Sunnanå PJ  6 - 0 (3-0)
Goals: Perpetua Nkwocha (3), Johanna Lindahl, Lina Johansson, Anna Bodén
Sunnanå looked good against their own clubs junior men. It only took them 10 minutes to score the first three goals and the cooperation between Lina Johansson and Nigerian striker Perpetue Nkwocho worked fine. Defender rebecca Smith got a few minutes in the second half, her first since the World Cup last year and both she and the coach was happy about that.
Norra Västerbotten:
Peppe tremålsskytt i genrepet

Linköping FC - Östria/Lambohov P17  5 - 0
Goals: 1-0 Jessica Landström, 2-0 Maria Karlsson, 3-0 Ann Westermark, 4-0 Daniela, 5-0 Kosovare Asllani
Linköping tested themselves against a local team of 17 year old boys. A pleased coach Daniel Pettersson also was fairly cautious as he called of no less than five players (Sara Larsson, Petra Larsson, Maria Karlsson, Cristiane and Jessica Landström) from the pitch for minor injuries, finishing with only 10 players.
Corren: LFC-stjärnor fick avbryta genrepet

Kopparbergs/Göteborg - Byttorp  9 - 2 (4-1)
Göteborg: Jenny Olsson - Marlene Sjöberg (72 Elin Dahl-Örn), Jenny Hallstensson, Jane Törnqvist, Amelie Rybäck (72 Sofia Karlsson) - Ingvild Stensland (72 Catrin Johansson), Johanna Almgren, Maria Karlsson - Sofie Andersson, Sara Lindén, Emmelie Farfa (53 Frida Svensson)
Goals: 1-0 Jane Törnqvist (8), 2-0 Jenny Hallstenson (13), 3-0   Sara Lindén (23), 4-1 Sara Lindén (43), 5-1 Maria Karlsson (49), 6-1 Jenny Hallstenson (54), 7-1 Maria Karlsson (58), 8-1 Sara Lindén (60), 9-2 Sofie Andersson (82)
Göteborg played 1st division newcomers Byttorp and had a field day, scoring nine goals, and that without Lotta Schelin, who rested with some feelings of an old injury. There wasn't much nerve in the match, but coach Torbjörn Nilsson was satisfied: "The idea with this match was to score a lot of goals".
Göteborgsposten: Enkelt genrep för Göteborg FC

UEFA Women's Cup: Umeå to final with a nil-nil draw

Umeå IK - Olympique Lyon 0 - 0 (0-0)
Umeå: Ulla-Karin Rönnlund - Frida Östberg, Johanna Frisk, Emma Berglund, Anna Paulson - Mami Yamaguchi, Lisa Dahlkvist, Johanna Rasmussen - Ramona Bachmann, Madelaine Edlund (90 Sofia Jakobsson), Marta.
Attendance: 3,372
Umeå's coach Andrée Jeglertz had before the match declared that it wasn't possible to try and play for a nil-nil draw and his team would play their usual attacking game. But the match was much more restrained, from both sides, than the Lyon leg of the semifinal. Umeå guarded their wings much better than in the first match, allowed Olympique play around the ball in midfield, but neither side created nearly as much as they had in Lyon. Somebody said it was a boring match, but still having you sitting on needles. And it did, all the way into extra-time. Umeå seemed to have taken control the last 15 minutes of the match, but then, a little bit into extratime, Thomis came in a successfull run down the right side and passed backwards inwards to an onrushing Bompastor, who hit the far post, the by far best opportunity of the match.
Umeå got a late cancellation from Karolina Westberg that forced them to reshuffle the team. Teenage talent Emma Berglund was put in mid defense and Frida Östberg moved down from the midfield to take the position as left back. Berglund did great in 90 minutes until she lost her position at Bompastor's almost goal. And team captain Frida Östberg set the bar early in the match, making sure it would hurt trying to get past her.
Umeå scrape through to fifth final
Dagens Nyheter: Umeå i final i Women's Cup
SVT: Umeå till ny Women's Cup-final There are four videos linked from this page, but only interviews. Appearently SVT don't have any rights to publish match pictures on the web, neither from UEFA nor from Damallsvenskan.

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