Elfsborg failed to win for a second straight match, settling for a scoreless draw with Mjällby.
League leaders Elfsborg dropped points for a second straight match, settling for a scoreless draw with Mjällby July 8 in front of more than 10,000 fans at Borås Arena.
After riding an 8-game winning streak to the top of the standings, Elfsborg has cooled off considerably, going 2-2-1 in its last five matches. Second-place Malmö lost a point as it slumped to a defeat at the hands of Örebro. Elfsborg now holds a 6-point lead over MFF.
David Elm, Stefan Ishizaki, Viktor Claesson and Johan Larsson all had golden chances to give Elfsborg three points as the league leaders kept the visitors at bay for much of the match. Elm fired a shot off the woodwork in the 11th minute, while Ishizaki had a shot carom off the post and out of the net at the 29-minute mark.
Elfsborg and its fans started to celebrate in the 51st minute when Claesson beat Mjällby net minder Mattias Asper only to see a defender clear the ball of the goal line at the last second.
Larsson had a chance 20 minutes later when he rounded Asper at the edge of the penalty area but could not put the ball into the net from a tough angle.
The draw was the first of the season for Elfsborg, which has 31 points from 14 matches.
Örebro 2, Malmö 1 ÖREBRO—Malmö wasted a chance to gain ground on Elfsborg when it blew a 1-0 lead and lost to Örebro July 9 at Behrn Arena.
It was the second straight win for Örebro, which didn’t register a victory in the first half of the season.
Jiloan Hamad broke open a scoreless match when he put Malmö in front in the 47th minute. Boris Lumbana tied the game for a suddenly confident ÖSK seven minutes later. The goal was his first in the Allsvenskan. Ilir Berisha, another Örebro newcomer, scored his first Allsvenskan goal at the 65-minute mark to put Örebro in front.
Malmö dropped to six points back of Elfsborg with 25 points from 14 games.
AIK 3, BK Häcken 1 SOLNA—AIK broke out of its offensive malaise, scoring a season-high three goals in its 3-1 win over BK Häcken July 8 at Råsunda Stadium. Celso Borges Mora scored twice to take his goal tally on the season to five as he led AIK to the win. The Costa Rican international fired AIK in front three minutes into the game and hit his second at the 57-minute mark. Robin Quaison put AIK up 2-0 when he scored in the fifth minute. Waris Majeed scored his league-leading 13th goal of the season in the sixth minute for Hacken.
IFK Norrköping 2, Kalmar 1 NORRKÖPING—Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson scored twice as IFK Norrköping rallied from a goal down to knock off Kalmar 2-1 July 8 at Nya Parken. Abiola Dauda put Kalmar in front in the 33rd minute when he scored his team-leading sixth goal. Thorvaldsson went Dauda one better when he tied the game in the 62nd minute. The goal was his seventh of the season. The Icelandic international scored the game winner—and his eighth goal of the season—at the 82-minute mark.
IFK Göteborg 1, Helsingborg 1 GÖTEBORG—The woes continued for IFK Göteborg as Alfred Finnbogason scored five minutes from time to lift Helsingborg to a 1-1 draw July 9 at Gamla Ullevi and extend the Angel’s winless streak to seven matches. Stefan Selakovic put IFK in front in the 39th minute and for 45 minutes, it looked as though the blåvitt would finally end their tailspin. Finnbogason, however, beat John Alvbage with a booming shot from 10 yards to draw HIF level. The goal was the ninth of the season for Finnbogason.
Sundsvall 3, Åtvidaberg 3 SUNDSVALL—Viktor Prodell raised his goal tally to 12 as he helped Åtvidaberg rally for a 3-3 draw with Sundsvall July 7 at Norrporten Arena. Simon Helg and Fredrik Holster put Sundsvall in front after just seven minutes. Magnus Eriksson and Prodell scored just before the interval to tie the game. Johan Eklund put Sundsvall back in front in the 85th minute but Prodell struck for his second goal of the game at the 89-minute mark to give AFF a share of the points.
Syrianska 1, Djurgården 1 SÖDERTÄLJE—James Keene scored in the 51st minute to give Djurgården a 1-1 draw with Södertälje July 7 at Södertälje Football Arena. George Mourad put Syrianska in front in the 33rd minute. Keene tied the game with his sixth goal of the season. Syrianska finished the match down two players as Omar Jawo and Haris Skenderovic both received red cards.
Örebro midfielder Ilir Berisha leaps past Malmö midfielder Daniel Larsson to score the second goal in Örebro's 2-1 win.