Elfsborg had a rude return to action after the month-long break in the Allsvenskan, losing 5-1 to Åtvidaberg.

Åtvidaberg 5, Elfsborg 1
ÅTVIDABERG—Maybe Viktor Prodell is for real.
The 24-year-old rookie scored another two goals as he led Åtvidaberg to a 5-1 thrashing of league leaders Elfsborg June 30 as the Allsvenskan kicked off its second half after a month-long break for the UEFA European Championship.
Prodell opened the score against Elfsborg in the ninth minute as Åtvidaberg built a 3-0 win over the first 50 minutes. Tom Pettersson made it 2-0 when he tallied in the 28th minute and Magnus Eriksson put ÅFF up 3-0 when he scored on a penalty kick. Johan Larsson pulled a goal back for Elfsborg at the 74-minute mark. Prodell put Åtvidaberg back up by three goals when he notched his second goal of the match in the 76th minute and Anton Timmerholm made it 5-1 with an 88th-minute strike.
Prodell, who joined Åtvidaberg in 2009 from Eskiltuna, is now second in the league in scoring with nine goals.
For Elfsborg, the loss was its second in its last four games. The league leaders saw their cushion over second-place Malmo shrink to five points. Elfsborg held a 10-point lead until it lost to Malmö in Round 10, just before the Euro break.


Djurgården 3, IFK Göteborg 2
STOCKHOLM—The woes of IFK Göteborg continued as Djurgården extended the Angels’ winless skid to six matches with a 3-2 victory July 3 at Stockholm Stadium.
Göteborg, the preseason favorite to win the league, has yet to find a way to harness the potential of what, player-for-player, is arguably the most talented side in the Allsvenskan. IFK has the ability to control the play for long stretches of its matches, but for some reason, has yet to find a way to convert its territorial dominance into goals. The lack of a scoring touch haunted Göteborg in its July 3 tilt with Djurgården.
Daniel Sobralense put IFK in front after 21 minutes as Göteborg controlled the play from the opening whistle. Despite utterly controlling the midfield, however, Göteborg simply could not push in a second early goal. That inability, in turn, frustrated the blåvitt, allowing Djurgården to take the initiative.
“I think sometimes we do get frustrated because we see we are outplaying the other team but we’re not scoring like we should,” said IFK captain Tobias Hysen. “When we start to get frustrated we stop playing the way we can and drop down to the level of the other team, which is good for them but bad for us.”
Djurgården, behind striker James Keene, quickly took control of the match and put IFK on its heels, scoring three times in 27 minutes. Keene tied the game for DIF when he struck for his goal of the match in the 29th minute. Daniel Sjölund put DIF out in front in the 52nd minute when he scored on a penalty kick. Keene made the score 3-1 in the 56th minute when he scored his second goal of the game.
The three-goal outburst finally woke up IFK, which again took control of the pace of the match, but it was too little, too late. Hysen narrowed the score to 3-2 when he tallied in the 72nd minute but the scoring problems that have plagued the Angels all season continued as time ran out.
The loss extended IFK’s winless skid to six games—two losses, four draws. Göteborg is now just two points above the relegation playoff spot.

Malmö 4, AIK 0
MALMÖ—Wilton Figueiredo and Jimmy Durmaz each scored a pair of goals as Malmo FF whipped AIK 4-0 July 2 at Swedbank Arena. Malmö took advantage of AIK’s offensive woes as it scored early and sat on its lead. All four goals came in the first half as Figueiredo scored in the 15th and 42nd minutes and Durmaz found the net at the 29- and 40-minute marks.
The four goals were the most AIK has allowed this season and greatly exposed its Achilles heel: lack of offense. AIK has scored just 15 goals in 13 matches. Malmö pressed hard in the opening minutes to grab a second goal, which opened up even more space for MFF attacks as AIK pressed forward looking for a goal.
The victory put Malmö into second place, five points behind Elfsborg.

Helsingborg 4, Gefle 1
HELSINGBORG—Alfred Finnbogason scored a hat trick to lead Helsingborg to a 4-1 win over Gefle July 2 at Olympia Stadum. Wallid Atta scored his first goal of the season to put HIF on top after 10 minutes. Finnbogason then took over, scoring in the 49th and 50th minutes. Mikael Dahlberg put Gefle on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute while Finnbogason completed his hat trick in the 80th minute.

Kalmar 3, Syrianska 0
KALMAR—Jörgen Skjelvik set up a pair of goals to lead Kalmar to a 3-0 win over Syrianska June 30 at Guldfageln Arena. Skjelvik first set up Erik Israelsson in the 11th minute and Sebastian Andersson at the 45-minute mark. Marcus Thorbjörnsson scored in the 49th minute, three minutes after he entered the game as a substitute.

Örebro 1, GAIS 0
GÖTEBORG—It took 13 full games but Örebro finally got a win. Daniel Bamberg scored a minute into second-half stoppage time to lift OSK to a 1-0 win over GAIS July 5 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium. The win was the first of the season for Örebro and the first under new manager Per-Ola Ljung. Örebro had its hands full trying to claim the win even though it played with a man advantage for 70 minutes after Richard Ntomba Ekunde received a red card for a flagrant foul.

IFK Norrköping 2, Mjällby 0
SÖLVESBORG—IFK Norrköping scored goals in either half to register a 2-0 win over Mjällby June 30 at Strandvallen. Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson put Peking in front after 13 minutes. Shpetim Hasani made the score 2-0 when he tallied in the 53rd minute. Mjällby played a man down for 47 minutes after Dominique Kivuvu collected two quick yellow cards and received a red card.

Sundsvall 2, BK Häcken 1
GÖTEBORG—Simon Helg and Fredrik Holster scored in a 10-minute span to lift GIF Sundsvall to a 2-1 win over BK Häcken. Helg and Holster scored in the first half. Martin Ericsson scored from the penalty spot in the 81st minute for Häcken.