Round 5 – Allsvenskan Round-up
The spectators at Strandvallen were treated to a 7-goal-thriller on Friday evening as Mjällby AIF edged out Djurgårdens IF 4 -3. This match was very much a game of two halves as the home side did all their scoring in the first half, while the visitors’ comeback-attempt fell just short after a more inspired second 45 minutes. The victory temporarily vaulted Mjällby into third place in the Allsvenskan table.
The home side opened the scoring after ten minutes when Pär Ericsson, on loan from IFK Göteborg, rose to meet a Patrik Rosengren long ball and headed the ball past DIF goalkeeper Kasper Jensen; Jensen had drifted out of position and the routine header eluded him rather embarrassingly. 16 minutes later Mjällby doubled their lead when Marcus Ekenberg headed past Jensen from close range after Daniel Nicklasson found the captain in the box with a pin-point cross.
Mjällby continued to apply pressure and were rewarded after 34 minutes. From a corner, defender Robin Cederberg’s delivery once again found Ericsson who, somewhat acrobatically, volleyed home his second goal of the match. With Djurgården still reeling, the home side pounced again a minute later: Nicklasson was once again the provider as his cross from the left wing found an unmarked Dominique Kivuvu in the box and the Angolan made no mistake, 4-0 to Mjällby after only 36 minutes.
When it appeared that the match was dead and buried, loanee James Keene followed up a rare decent spell for Djurgården with a goal late in the first half. The striker on loan from IF Elfsborg received a pass from Emil Bergström, took one touch and hammered the ball into Mattias Asper’s goal. The visitors managed to keep the momentum after the break and reduced the deficit just before the hour mark. After Marc Pedersen was fouled on the edge of the Mjällby penalty area, Finnish captain Joona Toivio smashed the free-kick around the wall and under the goalkeeper. This goal really seemed to elevate DIF who effectively took control of the rest of the match.
The pressure did eventually pay off after 88 minutes when winger Martin Broberg beat his marker on the right side and put a cross into the box which was met by the head of an onrushing Kasper Hämäläinen who made no mistake. The goal should have set up a frantic finish but all Djurgården could muster were a few half chances before the referee blew the final whistle, ending a highly entertaining contest (AS).
A fantastic Alexander Milosevic strike from just inside the Sundsvall half gave AIK the lead at Råsunda but Kevin Walker grabbed an equaliser for the visitors on the hour mark against his former club. It was a frustrating afternoon for the home side who were unable to force a winner during the closing stages where their play was accompanied by boos from the North Stand.
Ex-AIK star Stefan Ishizaki must have been watching Milosevic’s strike as the following evening he scored a stunner to help Elfsborg defeat Örebro in a game that lifted Di Gule to the top of the Allsvenskan after five matches while sending ÖSK to the bottom of the league. Amadou Jawo scored the second goal for the Yellows in their 2-0 victory at Behrn Arena.
Malmö, champions in 2010, went second in Allsvenskan following their 2-0 victory at home against Syrianska; goals from Wílton Figueiredo and Jimmy Durmaz sealing victory for Di blåe. In the Göteborg derby, Mikael Stahre picked up his first victory since taking over Blåvitt as they came from behind to secure victory. Mattias Östberg gave Häcken a fifth minute lead but Tobias Sana equalised after 68 minutes before Stefan Selakovic, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes, kept his composure to score a penalty with five minutes remaining (AH).
Mjällby 4 Djurgården 3
Åtvidaberg 1 Helsingborg 2
Kalmar 0 Gefle 1
GAIS 2 Norrköping 0
AIK 1 GIF Sundsvall 1
Häcken 1 IFK Göteborg 2
Malmö FF 2 Syrianska 0
Örebro SK 0 Elfsborg 2