Damallsvenskan Week Seven Round-up: Title race gets closer

It was not a good weekend for home supporters in the Damallsvenskan, with no home side winning. The top two FC Rosengård and Linköpings FC met and played out a 1-1 draw.

Damallsvenskan Week Seven Round-up: Title race gets closer
Rosengård's Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir and Linköpings' Pernille Mosegaard Harder battle for the ball. (Photo: svenskfotboll)

With the top two clashing, this weekend presented the Damallsvenskan's chasing pack with a chance to close the gap to the pacesetters, with somebody having to drop points.

Title race gets closer

When FC Rosengård and Linköpings FC met, both holding 100% records, something had to give. In the end, the sides played out a 1-1 draw, leaving both still level on points.

Rosengård, who had twice as many chances as their opponents, took the lead in the 14th minute through the Brazilian legend Marta.

But mid-way through the second-half, Linköpings equalised through the Damallsvenskan's top scorer Pernille Mosegaard Harder.

After the draw, Rosengård remain ahead of Linköpings only on goal difference.

Third-placed Eskilstuna United DFF closed the gap to the top two sides to four points, beating KIF Örebro DFF 4-1. 

It took just 12 minutes for Eskilstuna to take the lead through Annica Svensson before Louise Quinn scored for the second game in a row to make it 2-0.

In the second half, Swedish international Olivia Scough scored twice, before Hanne Gråhns pulled back a consolation goal for Örebro.

After the defeat, Örebro drop down to ninth place.

Marta (left) opened the scoring, but Rosengård couldn't claim the three points. (Photo: Emil Langvad/TT)
Marta (left) opened the scoring, but Rosengård couldn't claim the three points. (Photo: Emil Langvad/TT)

Bottom three all lose

Elsewhere, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC picked up a 3-0 win over 10th placed Mallbackens IF Sune in another bad week for the struggling sides.

Göteborg took the lead in just the third minute through Pauline Hammarlund's header, but it would take until the 70th minute for them to double their lead through Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg. And in second half stoppage time, Rebecka Blomqvist made it 3-0. They now move up one place into fourth.

Two goals in the first half were enough for Vittsjö GIK to run out 2-0 winners against Umeå IK FF. Vittsjö took the lead in the 26th minute through Sandra Adolfsson and Nigerian international Ngozi Okobi doubled the lead late on in the first half.

The win sees Vittsjö move up to seventh place, whilst Umeå remain in the relegation zone in 11th place.

Finally, Piteå IF picked up a 1-0 win over bottom placed Kristianstads DFF, thanks to Felicia Karlsson's 25th-minute goal.

However, despite the result and the contrasting fortunes of the two teams this season, Kristianstad will feel devastated to have come away with nothing, having had 12 chances compared to their opponents' five.

The victory sees Piteå move up one place into fifth.

Djuargårdens fights back to draw

In the one remaining game this weekend, Djuargårdens IF FF fought back twice against Kvarnsvedens IK to claim a point.

Kvarsvedens took the lead in the 15th minute through Tabita Chawinga before Djuargården equalised late on in the first half thanks to Mia Jalkerud.

For a while, it looked like Chawinga's second goal in the second half had sealed the three points for Kvarnsvedens – but in the 86th minute, Jalkerud rescued a point with her second goal.

The win sees Kvarsvedens move up to eighth whilst Djuargårdens drop two places to sixth.

The Damallsvenskan standings as we head into the international break. (Photo: Soccerway)
The Damallsvenskan standings as we head into the international break. (Photo: Soccerway)