Elfsborg and Kalmar crept to within a point of first place as both claimed wins in Round 10 of the 2011 Allsvenskan.
The leaderboard of the 2011 Allsvenskan remained almost unchanged as Helsingborg and Malmö awaited an official decision following the abandonment of their match May 24 at Swedbank Arena. A fan attack on Helsingborg goalkeeper Pär Hansson forced officials to clear the field just 30 minutes into the match up between the top two teams in the standings.
The limbo at the top didn’t affect Helsingborg, which remained in first place with 20 points despite the non-result with Malmö. Kalmar and Elfsborg took advantage, however, and moved into third and second respectively. Malmö dropped to fourth as it awaits what could be a major penalty from the Svenska Fotbollsförbundet.
Örebro regained its winning, claiming its second consecutive victory while Syrianska climbed out of the cellar to grab the relegation playoff after it won for the second time on the field.
Djurgården and Halmstad, with just five points each, slumped to the bottom two spots of the standings.
Elfsborg 1, Djurgården 0 STOCKHOLM – Elfsborg moved into second place with 19 points after squeaking past Djurgården 1-0 May at Stockholm Stadium. Lasse Nilsson scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season to lead Elfsborg to the win. Nilsson tallied in the 79th minute.
Kalmar 1, AIK 0 KALMAR – Kristopher Fagercrantz made sure Kalmar would remain perfect at Guldfågeln as he scored the Fagercrantz scored one minute before the interval. The goal was his third of the season. Kalmar moved into third place with the win, level on points with Elfsborg and two ahead of Malmö. Kalmar played the last seconds a man down after Daniel Sobralense picked up two yellow cards in 15 minutes.
Örebro 2, Norrköping 0 NORRKÖPING – Örebro won its second straight game, knocking off Norrköping 2-0 May 25 at Nya Parken. Valdet Rama put ÖSK in front after 44 minutes, scoring his third goal of the season. Patrik Anttonen made it 2-0 five minutes from time. The goal was his first of the year.
GAIS 1, BK Häcken 0 GÖTEBORG – GAIS took the honors in a Göteborg derby, easing past Häcken 1-0 May 26 at Gamla Ullevi. Eric Magloire Bassombeng scored the lone goal of the match in the 13th minute. GAIS moved into sixth place with the win.
Göteborg 2, Halmstad 1 HALMSTAD – Tobias Hysen scored twice to lead Göteborg to a 2-1 win over Halmstad May 26 at Örjans vall. Hysen put Göteborg in front after eight minutes. Michael Görlitz tied the game at the 61-minute mark. Hysen scored the game winner in the 81st minute. He now leads the league with eight goals.
Syrianska 1, Trelleborg 0 TRELLEBORG – Syrianska won for the second time on the field as it beat Trelleborg 1-0 May 25 at Vångavallen. Dinko Felic scored the lone goal of the match at the 21-minute mark. The goal was his third of the year.
Gefle 0, Mjällby 0 GÄVLE –Mjällby striker Mostapha El Kabir limped off the field after just 24 minutes as Gefle and Mjällby played to a scoreless draw May 25 at Strömvallen. El Kabir is supposed to join Cagliari in the Italian Serie A in July. A major injury could jeopardize his deal.
Lasse Nilsson fires in the lone goal in Elfsborg's win over Djurgården. Bildbyrån photo