Defending champions Kalmar FF started the second half of the season on a high note, getting a pair of goals from Rasmus Elm to beat Malmö 2-1 at the Swedbank Arena in Malmö.
by Chipp Reid
The victory was in stark contrast to how Kalmar started the first half of the season in April, going winless in the first five matches. The 2008 champions did not pick up their first victory until May 1 when they beat Häcken. Elm made sure there would be no repeat against Malmö.
Wilton Figueiredo gave Malmö a 1-0 with six minutes remaining in the first half, but Elm tied the game four minutes after the interval. The 22-year-old struck the game winner in the 89th minute. He now has five goals this season although it could be his last in a Kalmar uniform. A star on the Swedish Under-21 national team, rumors have Elm joining older brother Victor at Dutch side Heerenveen.
Djurgården 2, Helsingborg 1
STOCKHOLM – A pair of new signings had an immediate impact for Djurgården as the Stockholm side opened the second half of the season with a 2-1 win over Helsingborg. Newcomers Patrik Haginge and Hrvoje Milic combined in the 13th minute to give DIF a 1-0 lead, with Haginge scoring the goal. Sebastian Rajalasko re-discovered his scoring touch in the 39th minute when he scored off a pass from Boyd Mwila to double DIF’s lead. Rasmus Jonsson pulled a goal back for HIF at the 61-minute mark.
Hammarby 2, Trelleborg 1
STOCKHOLM – Strugglers Hammarby gained some breathing room with a 2-1 win over Trelleborg. Freddy Söderberg and Patrik Gerrbrand scored to lead the Bajen to the win. Magnus Andersson scored a consolation goal for Trelleborg two minutes from time. The victory kept Hammarby one point above the relegation zone.
Elfsborg 3, Örgryte 0
BORÅS – Stefan Ishizaki had a goal and an assist to lead Elfsborg to a 3-0 win over struggling Örgryte. Ishizaki scored from the penalty spot in the 30th minute and set up Emir Bajrami for an 87th-minute tally. James Keene struck in the 39th minute. The victory pulled Elfsborg within one point of first and kept the team unbeaten in the Allsvenskan. Örgryte stayed winless in the campaign, falling to 0-2-11.
Brommapojkarna 1, GAIS 0
BROMMA – Dalil Benyahia scored his first career Allsvenskan goal to lead Brommapojkarna to a 1-0 win over GAIS. The 19-year-old rookie scored in stoppage time off a pass from Philip Haglund.
Örebro 1, AIK 1
ÖREBRO – Saihou Gagne scored in for the second consecutive match but it wasn’t enough as AIK settled for a point in a draw with Örebro. Nordin Gerzic put Örebro in front after 29 minutes while Gagne scored on the stroke of half time to equalize. The goal was his fourth of the season. The game also marked the re-activation of goalkeeper Lee Baxter as a player. Baxter was the backup net minder for the Gnaget in the match.
Gefle 1, Häcken 1
GAVLE – Gefle and Häcken traded first-half goals as they battled to a 1-1 draw at Strömvallen Stadium. Jonas Henricksson put Häcken on top in the 17th minute with his third goal of the season. Jonatan Berg replied in the 39th minute. The goal was his first of the year.
Halmstad 0, Göteborg 0
HALMSTAD – League leaders Göteborg continued to struggle on the road, playing to a scoreless tie with Halmstad. Göteborg has just two wins in six away matches this season.
Malmö goalkeeper Jonas Sandqvist tries in vain to stop a shot from Kalmar midfielder Rasmus Elm. Bildbyran photo/Joel Marklund