While Helsingborg and Elfsborg beat themselves silly battling for the top spot in the Allsvenskan standings, very quietly a small team from north is climbing its way up the standings.
Long a doormat, Gefle and its goalkeeper Mattias Hugosson, are turning the league on its ear as it moved into fourth place after Hugosson notched his seventh straight shutout in a 1-0 win at home over IFK Göteborg. Hugosson has not allowed a goal 649 minutes and is just 159 away from breaking the all-time shutout record former Halmstad goalkeeper Håkan Svensson set in 1999.
“It has been really nice,” said Mikael Dahlqvist, who scored the lone goal against Göteborg. “We’ve been playing really well and a lot is because of Mattias. We feel as though we can beat anyone because of him.”
Gefle helped its own cause during its streak as it either beat or drew with five teams ahead of it in the standings - Elfsborg, Malmö, Helsingborg, Örebro and Kalmar. About the only thing the Gävle-based team didn’t do was score. Gefle has won four of the seven matches in which Hugosson has had a shutout but also scored just four goals.
Despite the lack of offense, Gefle has picked up 15 points and rose eight places since the streak began. Gefle is now in fourth place with 24 points, seven behind league leaders Helsingborg.
Helsingborg held onto its lead as it knocked off Halmstad. Elfsborg remained in second place, five points back, with a win over Syrianska.
Djurgården and AIK each ran their winning streaks to four games, while Trelleborg continued to free fall, losing for the fourth straight round.
by Chipp Reid
Helsingborg 2, Halmstad 1 HALMSTAD – Peter Larsson scored twice to lead Helsingborg to a 2-1 win over Halmstad June 27 at Orjans vall. Larsson struck at the 22- and 67-minute marks. Emil Salmonsson scored an injury-time goal for Halmstad, which played for the first time this season without any Spanish players. HBK released its trio of Real Madrid players earlier in the week. Larsson has three goals this year.
Elfsborg 2, Syrianska 1 BORÅS – Elfsborg kept pace with first-place Helsingborg with a 2-1 win over Syrianska June 27 at Borås Arena. Lasse Nilsson put Elfsborg after a half hour. Rabi Ella tied the game five minutes later with his first Allsvenskan goal. Oscar Hjillemark scored his first goal of the season in first-half stoppage time to give Elfsborg the win.
Kalmar 2, Norrköping 1 NORRKÖPING – Kalmar moved into third place in the Allsvenskan with a 2-1 win over Norrköping June 27 at Nya Parken. Astrit Ajdarevic put Peking in front after 15 minutes. K ristoffer Fagercrantz tied the game 20 minutes later. Ricardo Santos struck the game winner in the 65th minute.
Gefle 1, Göteborg 0
GAVLE - Mattias Hugosson ran his season-high shutout streak to 649 minutes as Gefle blanked IFK Göteborg 1-0 June 26 at Strömvallen. Mikael Dahlberg scored the only goal of the match in the 26th minute. Gefle moved into fourth place with the win.
GAIS 2, Malmo 0 GÖTEBORG – GAIS handed Malmö its third loss in five games, blanking the defending champions 2-0 June 26 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium. Wanderson do Carmo had a goal and an assist. He set up Mervan Celik two minutes into the game and tallied in the 75th minute. The match was a frustrating one for Malmö, which ended the match two men down after both Daniel Larsson and Wilton Figueiredo received red cards.
AIK 2, Trelleborg 1 TRELLEBORG – Ibrahim Bangura scored his team-high ninth goal of the season to lead AIK to a 2-1 win over Trelleborg June 26 at Vångavallen. Ibrahim Koroma gave Trelleborg the lead after 24 minutes. Martin Lorentzson tied the game in the 50th minute. Bangura struck the winner in the 77th minute.
Mjällby 2, Örebro 1 SÖLVESBORG – Örebro suffered its second-straight loss, dropping a 2-1 decision to Mjällby June 26 at Strandvallen. Marcus Ekenberg and Daniel Larsson staked Mjallby to a 2-1 lead. Valdet Rama tallied in the 65th minute for Örebro.
Djurgården 1, Häcken 0 STOCKHOLM – Daniel Sjölund scored the only goal of the game to lead Djurgården to a 1-0 win over BK Häcken June 26 at Stockholm Stadium. Sjölund tallied in the 79th minute. The win was the fourth in a row for Djurgården.
Martin Lorentzson watches as Viktor Noring dives in vain for his shot during AIK's 2-1 win over T relleborg.Bildbyrån photo