League leaders Helsingborg show no signs of missing legendary striker Henrik Larsson.
by Chipp Reid
Helsingborg doesn’t seem to miss having Henrik Larsson around after cruising to its fifth win in six matches April 14 when it blanked Åtvidaberg 3-0 in Round 6 of the Allsvenskan.
Larsson, one of the most iconic players in Swedish football history, retired from Helsingborg at the end of the 2009 season. He is now the head coach of Superettan side Landskrona. Experts and fans alike wondered openly just how HIF would cope without Larsson in the line up. So far, the answer is just fine.
Christoffer Andersson scored twice while Rasmus Jonsson had three assists as Helsingborg pounded league newcomers Åtvidaberg 3-0 at Kopparvallen. The victory was the fifth for Helsingborg, which is one of two undefeated teams left in the league. HIF has one draw.
“It was a great result,” said team captain Erik Edman. “What we all know we have to do is keep things going like this. There are 30 games in the season, so the fact we’re in first place after sic doesn’t really mean much.”
Andersson scored on either side of the interval. Erik Sundin added the third in the 89th minute. Jonsson, who has stepped into Larsson’s role as a striker, set up all three goals. He now has one goal and four assists in six matches.
Malmö also remained undefeated as it knocked off former league leaders BK Häcken 3-1 at the Swedbank Arena in Malmö. Malmö is in second place with 14 points. Helsingborg leads the table with 16 points.
The news was much different for AIK and Göteborg, which again lost. AIK has yet to win this season and has scored just once in six matches. The 2009 champions are in second-to-last place. Göteborg fell to ninth place after losing on the road to Trelleborg.
Kalmar also remained winless following a surprising scoreless draw with Mjällby.
Helsingborg 3, Åtvidaberg 0 ÅTVIDABERG – Cristoffer Andersson scored twice and Rasmus Jonsson had three assists to lead Helsingborg to a 3-0 win over Åtvidaberg. Erik Sundin also had a goal for Helsingborg. The win vaulted HIF into first place in the standings, two points over Malmö. Åtvidaberg remained one three winless teams in the league and has yet to score a goal this season.
Malmö 3, Häcken 1 MALMÖ – Guillermo Molins had a goal and an assist to lead Malmö to a 3-1 win over BK Häcken. The victory was the fourth of the year for Malmö to go with two draws, while Häcken suffered its first loss. Edward Ofere and Daniel Andersson also scored for Malmö while Paulinho tallied for Häcken. The goal was the Brazilian’s third of the season.
Elfsborg 3, Djurgården 1 BORÅS – Denni Avdic scored twice to lead Elfsborg to a 3-1 win over Djurgården. Avdic struck at the 17- and 38-minute marks. Martin Ericsson added the third for Elfsborg. Johan Oremo scored n the seventh minute to give DIF an early lead.
Trelleborg 2, Göteborg 1 TRELLEBORG – A pair of first-half goals propelled Trelleborg to a 2-1 lead over IFK Göteborg. Andreas Drugge and Mattias Adelstam scored to put Trelleborg ahead after a half hour. Thomas Olsson pulled a goal back for Göteborg in the 54th minute but TFF managed to hang on for the win.
Halmstad 1, AIK 0 SOLNA – Halmstad deepened the gloom around AIK, sending the defending champions to their fourth defeat of the year. Jonas Gudni Saevarsson scored the match-winner one minute from time. AIK has yet to win this season and has scored just once in six matches.
GAIS 2, Gefle 1 GÖTEBORG – GAIS won its second-straight match as Brazilian star Wanderson do Carmo continued his recent run of form. The Brazilian had a goal and an assist for the second straight match and has two goals and four assists this season. Jonatan Berg scored for Gefle.
Brommapojkarna 1, Örebro 0 BROMMA – Alejandro Bedoya powered Brommapojkarna to its first win of the season, as he scored in the 40th minute to lead Bromma to a 1-0 win over Örebro. Brommapojkarna now has six points.
Helsingborg midfielder Cristoffer Andersson breaks through the Åtvidaberg defense to score one of his two goals in HIF's 3-0 win April 15 at Kopparvallen.