Round 2 – Allsvenskan Round-up
It wasn’t just a Good Friday for Åtvidaberg; it was a great Friday in the snow for the Allsvenskan new boys as they continued their winning ways in their first home game of the season. After dictating the attacking play for much of the game, Daniel Hallingström’s thunderous header gave Åtvidaberg the lead after 61 minutes, GAIS took just nine minutes to draw level through a Jakob Olsson cracker. Turning his marker just outside of the box, Olsson curled a sublime finish beyond the home goalkeeper, Henrik Gustavsson, to seemingly split the points. But with just two minutes of normal time remaining, Åtvidaberg’s strength of character was there for all to see as Jesper Arvidsson curled in a beautiful left-footed free-kick from 25-yards. The home side hung on despite the late dismissal of Anton Tinnerholm.
The big surprise of this round of games was in Göteborg where Häcken smashed Malmö for five. Malmö had a wretched first half as the hosts went in 3-0 ahead and by the end of a dismal second half for Di blåe, manager Rikard Norling and his players were confronted by angry visiting fans.
Meanwhile, on Monday evening in the centre of Göteborg the Mikael Stahre revolution is still on the starting line as Blävitt lost their second game of the season despite Tobias Hysén giving them the lead after 51 minutes. Two Shpetim Hasani goals won the game for Norrköping.
An early Sebastian Rajalakso strike, clinically finishing from the edge of the box, gave Djurgården the points against an awful Sundsvall side in Stockholm, despite the hosts playing for an hour with ten men. Yet despite the disadvantage in personnel, Djurgården never looked liked conceding an equaliser. Their city rivals AIK left it late to win the game in Kalmar, with new signing Celso Borges sealing the points in the final minute with a close range header after Måns Söderqvist had equalised for Kalmer after 84 minutes. Martin Mutumba had given Gnaget the lead after 21 minutes.
After a surprising loss in the first round of fixtures, the defending champions chalked up their first points of the season in the clash of two of the expected title challengers. Alfreð Finnbogason scored both goals for Helsingborg with the winner coming thirteen minutes from full-time after Niklas Hult had levelled for Elfsborg.
Gefle 1 Syrianska 1
Åtvidaberg 2 GAIS 1
Häcken 5 Malmö FF 0
Mjällby 0 Örebro SK 0
Djurgården 1 GIF Sundsvall 0
Helsingborg 2 Elfsborg 1
IFK Göteborg 1 Norrköping 2
Kalmar 1 AIK 2
Reporting: Andy Hudson