A much-hyped early season title between championship contenders proved to be no contest as Malmö FF easily swept aside IFK Göteborg, spoiling the Angels’ home opener April 7 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium.
Guillermo Molins scored twice in the first half as Malmö put on a technical display Göteborg simply could not match.
“Malmö put in an exemplary effort in the first half,” admitted IFK Göteborg head coach Mikael Stahre. “Our effort was weak.”
Malmö needed just eight minutes to establish itself as the clear favorite for the 2014 title. Defender Miko Albornoz picked out Molins with a cross that Molins slammed past Göteborg net minder John Alvbåge. Molins struck again 20 minutes later, this time off a pass from Markus Rosenberg. The Malmö captain nearly hit a third but his shot in the 36th minute.
The first-half dominance gave Malmö something of a false sense of confidence. Göteborg came out early in the second half and shocked the home side with a flurry of attacks. Robin Söder, Sam Larsson and Lasse Vibe all saw shots sail just wide after Göteborg was able to shred the Malmö defense. The Angels maintained their pressure throughout most of the second half, but their relentless attack left them open to counters and in the 82nd minute, Markus Rosenberg made them pay. Rosenberg took a pass from Magnus Eriksson and beat Alvbåge to the far post, giving Malmö an unassailable 3-0 lead.
“This was a game of two halves,” said Malmö manager Åge Hareide. “We dominated the first half and they played very well in the second half. The third goal was very important.”

Malmö 3 , Göteborg 0
GÖTEBORG – Guillermo Molins scored twice in the first half to lead Malmö to a 3-0 win over Göteborg April 7 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium. Molins led an early onslaught, putting the visitors in front after just eight minutes. He doubled the lead at the 26-minute mark. Markus Rosenberg scored his first goal of the season at the 82-minute mark to complete the win. Rosenberg also assisted on one of Molins’ netters.

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Djurgården 3, Halmstad 0
STOCKHOLM – Djurgården got a goal and an assist from Martin Broberg as it swamped Halmstad 3-0 April 4 in its home opener at the Tele2 Arena. Broberg scored in the 32nd minute and set up Aleksandar Prijovic in the 53rd minute. It was the Serb’s first Allsvenskan goal. Amadou Jawo scored in the 79th minute.

Elfsborg 3, Häcken 1
BORÅS – Elfsborg left it until late in beating BK Häcken 3-1 April 4 at Borås Arena. Anders Svensson broke open a scoreless game when he scored in the 72nd minute. Johan Larsson tallied six minutes later to put Elfsborg up 2-0. Rene Makondele Muzola pulled a goal back for Häcken at the 83-minute mark. Lasse Nilsson scored in stoppage time to put the game out of reach.

Norrköping 2, Helsingborg 0
NORRKÖPING – A pair of goals in a two-minute span gave IFK Norrköping a 2-0 win over Helsingborg April 6 at Nya Parken. Christopher Nyman tallied in the 68th minute to put Peking in front. Rawez Lawan scored two minutes later to seal the win.

AIK 2, Gefle 1
GÄVLE – AIK collected its first win of the season, knocking of Gefle 2-1 April 6 at Strömvallen. Dioh Williams staked Gefle to a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute. Alexander Milosevic tied the score in the 74th minute. Kennedy Igboanike scored the match winner four minutes from time.

Falkenberg 1, Brommapojkarna 0
FALKENBERG – Dan Keat made history when he scored the only goal of the match to lead Falkenberg to a 1-0 win over Brommapojkarna April 6 at Falkenberg IP. Keat scored in the 12th minute. The goal was the first-ever Allsvenskan goal for the club and the win the club’s first-ever Allsvenskan victory.

Örebro 1, Mjällby 0
ÖREBRO – Shptemi Hasani scored for the second straight match to lead Örebro to a 1-0 win Mjällby April 8 at Behrn Arena. Hasani tallied in the 86th minute. The goal was his second of the season.

Kalmar 2, Åtvidaberg 2
KALMAR – Måns Söderqvist scored twice for the second-straight match to help Kalmar battle to a 2-2 draw with Åtvidaberg in Kalmar’s home opener April 7 at Guldfaåeln Arena. Mohammed Abubakari staked AFF to a one lead in the 17th minute. Soderqvist tied the match in the 36th minute. Ricardo Santos put Åtvidaberg back in front in the 61st minute. Söderqvist tied the match three minutes into stoppage time.