Round 1 – Allsvenskan Round-up
What an opening weekend to the season!
Our experts all predicted a long season for the two newly promoted clubs – GIF Sundsvall and Åtvidaberg – along with Syrianska. Yet two of the predicted strugglers picked up maximum points with only Sundsvall losing 1-0 at home against Kalmar. Syrianska were the team of the weekend when they defeated Mikael Stahre’s highly-rated IFK Göteborg 2-1 while Åtvidaberg travelled to Örebro and in a remarkable first half found themselves 4-2 up before holding on for a 4-3 victory.
Blåvitt found themselves 1-0 up in Södertälje when Daniel Sobralense opened the scoring, but Syrianska fought back in the second half and won the game through goals from Sharbel Touma and Admir Aganovic in a two minute spell that ensured one of the league favourites opened their campaign with a defeat. John Alvbåge, making his second debut for Göteborg after signing from ÖSK, told Blågul Fotboll that after a “good [first] 45 minutes, sadly we didn’t do the job in the second half”.
Defending champions Helsingborg also found themselves pointless after the opening weekend, going down 1-0 away to Norrköping. After losing only three times last season and completeing the clean sweep of trophies available to win since the start of 2011, HIF went down to an early Gunnar Heiðar Thorvaldsson winner for Peking.
An Anders Svensson inspired Elfsborg defeated Djurgården in Borås, with the veteran scoring a first half brace, including the opening goal of Allsvenskan 2012, while Marc Pedersen replied for Järnkaminerna in the second half.
There were three scoreless draws over week one, with GAIS and local rivals Häcken cancelling each other out and two other potential Allsvenskan challengers in Malmö FF and AIK both, rather surprisingly, being held at home by Gefle and Mjällby respectively.
GAIS 0 Häcken 0
GIF Sundsvall 0 Kalmar 1
Elfsborg 2 Djurgården 1
AIK 0 Mjällby 0
Syrianska 2 IFK Göteborg 1
Malmö FF 0 Gefle 0
Örebro SK 3 Åtvidaberg 4
Norrköping 1 Helsingborg 0
Reporting: Andy Hudson