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Strong Helsingborg Win Against Degerfors

Helsingborgs IF remain unbeaten in the Superettan this season after beating Degerfors IF at Olympia last Monday.

The Swedish side who we are following across the summer kicked off the third and final match of the May Day schedule in Superettan hosting to Degerfors IF at Olympia. The home team was stronger throughout the match and finally took an impressive 3-0 victory.

The HIF starting 11 v Degerfors

Jesper Lange was in a good position to give HIF a lead early in the game, but Oscar Klasson came out to make a fine save. At the same time Klasson was injured and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher, replaced by Jesse Öst in the Degerfors goal.

Lange opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when he was played through down the left wing, cut back and slid the ball in from close range. It was Lange’s third goal of the season.

Degerfors had a chance themselves when Shpetim Hasani was in a good position to equalise in first half stoppage time, but the ball sailed wide of the goal.

“We are focused and concentrated defensively, and we’re working hard ahead of the games to keep clean sheets. We will continue to work hard and we hope that we can score another goal in the second half” said Lange at half time.

The Danish striker got what he wanted, although Helsingborg can hardly take any credit for the goal.

Just after the interval a Degerfors defender attempted to clear the ball from his own penalty area only for it to strike the head of a teammate and rebound back into his own net.

Oke Akpoveta was lively in the Helsingborg attack, but the chances he managed to carve out ended up either wide of the goal or straight at Öst in the Degerfors goal. However, Akpoveta, contributed a wonderful pass over the visitors defence for 18-year-old Max Svensson to run on to and make it 3-0 in the 71st minute.

Govend Haidar had a great chance to punish Degerford even more in injury time, but his shot from close range went over the bar.

Just 6,067 people turned up to see Helsingborg’s victory, which means that they remain undefeated in Superettan with two wins and three draws. They remain in sixth position, two points off second place and seven points off first placed Brommapojkarna.

Superettan Table – May 7th, 2017.

Pld W D L F:A Pts
1. Brommapojkarna 6 5 1 0 14:2 16
2. Dalkurd 6 3 2 1 7:4 11
3. Degerfors 6 3 1 2 9:8 10
4. Östers 6 3 1 2 8:8 10
5. Trelleborgs 6 2 3 1 14:5 9
6. Helsingborg 5 2 3 0 8:4 9
7. Värnamo 6 3 0 3 11:9 9
8. Varbergs 6 2 3 1 9:7 9
9. GAIS 6 2 2 2 5:5 8
10. Orgryte 6 2 2 2 7:14 8
11. Syrianska 6 1 2 3 7:9 5
12. IK Frej 6 1 2 3 8:11 5
13. Gefle 5 1 2 2 6:11 5
14. Atvidabergs 5 1 1 3 6:9 4
15. Falkenbergs 5 0 3 2 5:8 3
16. Norrby 6 0 2 4 1:11 2
  • Top two teams are promoted.
  • Third placed team plays a two legged play-off match with the 3rd from bottom team in Allsvenskan.
  • Bottom two teams are relegated.
  • Third and fourth from bottom teams play a two legged play-off match with third placed team in Division 1 North and Division 1 South respectively.

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Graham Keating

Graham Keating

Graham (AKA The Expat Eagle) was born and raised in South London where he lived for thirty odd years until the early onset of a mid-life crisis saw him move to Sweden, where he currently resides.

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