May 14, 2010

Damallsvenskan 2010: Strays from rounds 3 and 6

Round-up of a couple stray games from this past week...

Round 6
Tyresö FF v. Kopparbergs/Göteborg 0 - 4 (0-2)
Goals: 33' Sara Lindén (passning Linnea Liljegärd) 0-1; 44' Sara Lindén 0-2; 51' Sara Lindén 0-3; 82' Emelie Johansson
Sources: damfotboll, Tyresö, K/Göteborg
Pictures of TFF supporters, and the game
A couple more details, including video highlights

Newcomers Tyresö have been having quite a good run so far this season, having beaten Djurgården and last year's champions Linköping. K/G for its part lost to Linköping in the opening game, but have been on an unbeaten streak since, and lie second in the league. More than a thousand enthusiastic fans were on hand despite the unseasonably cool weather, burning torches before the game, singing "well into the second half," and lending (occasionally rude) vocal support.

K/G had control of the match from the beginning, although TFF played quite well and had some chances early on. K/G didn't open the scoring until the 33', when Sara Lindén received a nice cross in on the ground and one-touched it in from s short distance directly in front of the goal. Her second came just about ten minutes later, a nice strike from the top left corner of the box over the reach of TFF goalkeeper Carola Söberg, as Lindén was running toward goal. Her third goal, coming just after the start of the half, was another nice one-touch, when the ball was sent back into the area after TFF maybe thought they had cleared it. The fourth goal, scored in the last few minues of the game, was perhaps less pretty, as Emelie Johansson trundled the ball in (perhaps getting help from her hand, according to the TFF defenders) after keeper Söberg was lying on the ground after having made a couple of quick saves.

TFF Defenders Karin Lissel and Johanna Frisk were not available for the match, although their substitutes Line Roddik Hansen and Petronella Ekroth did fine jobs and none of the goals were the result of obvious defensive miscues; the absence of the two starters just added up to too many changes. While TFF never looked like winning, they nevertheless had their chances to score; although they are not pleased to lose, they cannot be too unhappy with their showing against K/G, which is finally looking like the dominant team that they were predicted to be this year.

Lindén now leads the league in scoring after her hat-trick.

Round 3
KIF Örebro v. Umeå IK 0 - 0
Warnings: UIK Emma Berglund 28'; UIK Emma Kulberg 80'
Sources: damfotboll

The Örebro-UIK game match was finally played, having been delayed twice before, once directly and once indirectly because of the volcano. The UIK players must have been tired, playing their third game in a week, and KIF dominated the statistics, taking for instance 7 shots on goal to UIK's 3. The play of Caroline Jönsson in goal and Frida Östberg in defense were largely responsible for maintaining the draw, although KIF may have scored a legitimate goal on a first-half corner kick—KIF coach Richard Holmlund says that even from his position on the bench, he could see that the ball was in the goal. Still, he was happy that his team played together so well, and thinks that the goals will come if they keep on like this. UIK coach Joakim Blomqvist said that they played their game and he is pleased enough with that.