Joel Eriksson is ready for a second season in the DTM - Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters - and will continue to compete as a factory driver for BMW in the competitive touring car championship in 2019.
Eriksson regains confidence in DTM after a debut season when he, among other things, managed to win a race, in Italian Misano, and thus at the age of 20 became the second youngest winner in the history of the championship.
BMW will, as in 2018, muster six cars in the DTM next season. Five of the drivers - Eriksson, Marco Wittmann (GER), Philipp Eng (AUT), Timo Glock (GER) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) - were announced in connection with BMW's annual Christmas party in Munich on Friday night. A decision on who will drive the sixth car will be made next week.
- I am very happy to continue to represent BMW in the DTM next season, says Joel Eriksson. I have learned an incredible amount both on and off the track this year and it can be stated that the competition in DTM is absolutely fierce. It is extremely evolving and requires learning from the ground up. With a year of experience in the luggage, I hope, of course, that I can take the next step and regularly participate and challenge at the top.
In 2019, DTM enters a new era, where, among other things, new two-liter turbo engines (620 hp) are introduced and a common technical platform is built together with the similar Japanese Super GT championship. The plan is also to conduct two races together with the Super GT; one in Japan and one in Germany.
It is also clear that Aston Martin will step into the championship next year, as a replacement for Mercedes-Benz, while Audi as well as BMW will continue as usual.
The 2019 DTM calendar includes a total of nine sub-competitions, with a traditional premiere on the Hockenheim track in southern Germany the first weekend in May.
Facts about Joel Eriksson
Born: June 28, 1998 Bor: Tomelilla Club: Kristianstad Karting Club
Team 2019: TBA Car: BMW M4 DTM Engine: 2-liter rack 4, turbo, 600+ hp
2017: Bilsport Awards: This Year's Racing June 2016: Bilsport Awards: This Year's Racing June 2015: International success 2015: The Car Sport Gala: Youth of the Year 2015: Motorsport Awards: Racing Junior of the Year 2014: Motorsport Gala: Youth of the Year 2014: Rydell Special Award
Joel Eriksson is part of 2018 in the Swedish senior national team in racing, appointed by the Swedish Sports Association (SBF). Joel is the A national team's youngest representative.
When the final signal sounded in Sunday's goalless derby between IFK Simrishamn and Tomelilla IF, it became completely silent around Korsavad's IP. Neither team could celebrate victory or shout out their disappointment and the crowd that pocketed home has to wait even longer for their favorite team's first three-pointer in division 3 football.
Simrishamn started the match clearly best with distinct actions and good passing play, which gave the home team the initiative and also a couple of decent positions in the first ten. Tomelilla was forced back but usually looked quite comfortable in that role. In similar match pictures, change modes usually appear. And of course it did in this match as well. After just over half an hour, one of Tomelilla's fast strikers ran free and had a free position, but as shot from a cannon, Simrishamn's defender Lucas Olsson intervened and was able to steer. The best position of the match and the best individual defensive effort of the match.
In the second half, it was Tomelilla's turn to play against the wind. Despite this, the ball possession was evened out, but two stable playing defenses meant that most of the attacking attempts stopped before the offensive third. Goalkeepers Tobias Andersson (IFK Simrishamn) and Filip Malmqvist (Tomelilla IF) could quite easily secure their goal cages this afternoon.
Final result IFK Simrishamn Tomelilla IF 0-0 (0-0).
After five matches played, Simrishamn and Tomelilla have two points each, which places the team at the bottom of the table. In the next round, Tomelilla will receive Högaborgs BK at home at Tomelilla IP and Simrishamn will go to Lomma to take on GIF Nike. Then we can hope that the first victories will come for the Österlen team.
Friday night's 1-0 victory over Hässleholms IF at home at Skillinge IP meant the fourth straight three-pointer for Österlen FF in division two eastern Götaland. The result also meant that Österlen's goalkeeper Festim Bytyqi has now kept a clean sheet four games in a row. We let Bytyqi give his own explanation for the success.
- Look at the matches, we are a fantastically compact team and I do not get much to do. The outside players run like horses and I do what I need to do as a goalkeeper. Today we do not make a great match in terms of play, but we take the fight, says Festim Bytyqi.
"We are compact and control each other"
You seem to be a team that is eager to work defensively. It is rare to see someone who is comfortable and careless with the job.
- That's right, that's our philosophy. We have those technical players, from midfield and up, who can do that little extra but without the job it means nothing.
Tonight you met Hässleholms IF, a very skilled team that sometimes had great ball possession. They also created some situations that could have cracked your zero and thus also the planning of this interview. Among other things, the last post of the match where you were forced to a good save next to one post.
- They shook us a little with their inserts and played fantastic football compared to the teams we have met so far. The important thing is that we are compact even if they get past certain parts of the team. We have tactically prepared for how we will deal with these situations when the opponents have the initiative.
Zero four games in a row, have you done it before in a senior context?
- Do not know, I kept many zeros last year as well but I have planned not to stay at four. Hopefully I can continue to hold tight. The outdoor players do a fantastic job and help me.
During the matches, Festim Bytyqi controls his teammates by talking and giving tips. A confident voice from behind.
- It is important that I am also up and running so that I can warn them if there is an opponent behind. It is part of that we are so compact, we control each other and everyone knows their roles now. Agim (Österlen FF's head coach) has had a great time with a game idea that everyone likes.
Retains number 1 on the back
When we talk defensive play, it is of course not just the goalkeeper and defenders who should be mentioned. Take Adam Barchan, for example, your team captain who symbolizes what we talked about earlier - taking the defensive job.
- Agree, Adam's running meters today are enormous. I'm really impressed. He runs like a horse and wins those tough melee fights. We have many different types of players and we play very well together. The passes do not have to go right all the time, the important thing is that we run.
You have number 1 on the back of your match shirt. No thoughts on switching to number 0?
- Haha, there are some who have suggested it. I keep one, it means that I will come first in the series, Festim Bytyqi concludes.
Österlen FF took their third straight victory in division 2 football on Monday night after a clear 4-0 away game against Kristianstad FC.
Closed first half
Kristianstad started strongest and had the initiative for a ten minute period without creating any dangers. After that, Österlen gradually took over but both teams' strong defensive play meant that the really hot chances were missed. After just over half an hour, Österlen's Zoran Jovanovic found at least a plug to Furkan Motori who in a good position did not get to the finish. Shortly afterwards, Jacob Blixt bombed from a distance, but the ball appeared just over the crossbar of Kristianstad goalkeeper, also Österlen acquaintance Joel Hallgren. A lot of play on Österlen's offensive right wing where wingback Viktor Blixt threatened forward with quick jerks and twists. A couple of times he was close to running through Kristianstad's defense. Half time 0-0.
Zoran Jovanovic gave Österlen a taste start on others
The second half only lasted a couple of minutes when Österlen's Furkan Motori precision lifted a post against Zoran Jovanovic who headed the ball down into Joel Hallgren's right corner. 0-1 and a taste start on the second 45. The orange-clad home players now started a draw, but the often short attack attempts were stopped outside Österlen's penalty area or steered towards the sidelines and no major pressure on Österlen's goal ever occurred.
Kevin Harletun's long awaited goal
After 77 minutes, Österlen's goalkeeper Festim Bytyqi kicked the ball out to the hard-working striker Kevin Harletun, who after the ball bounced to the ball and lobbed it over both the outgoing goalkeeper and the home defensive player. Vigilant. The 0-2 goal was Harletun's first bowl of the season. This is what he said about the long-awaited goal.
- Fun to score goals and not just do a good job without painting, but the most important thing was that we won, says Kevin Harletun.
Tell us about the goal.
- I get a good pass from Festim, read the game and see that the goalkeeper is far out early. I saw the door and lifted the ball away. It is also important that we were able to keep a clean sheet for the third game in a row. Kristianstad joined in the first half then we drive over them. The team that scores the first goal has a big advantage in such an important match, Kevin Harletun concludes.
Both 0-3 and 0-4 came after quick adjustments. Jacob Blixt worked his way through the middle and almost added to his team's lead, but the shot went wide. Reverse roles at 0-3 when Freddie Brorsson pushed forward on the left edge and dropped the ball obliquely inwards backwards where Jacob Blixt met and pulled the ball in the goalkeeper's left corner.
Goal pass and penalty save by Festim Bytyqi
Kristianstad's best chance would come in the 93rd minute when substitute Oskar Blixt first slipped (there were several Österlen players slipping on the arena's hybrid grass) and then hooked a Kristianstad striker when he worked his way up. Indisputable punishment. Festim's stick rescue was also the indisputable - goal pass and penalty save in one and the same match! Final result 0-4 and Österlen has not yet conceded a goal in this year's Division 2 series. On Friday night, Österlen will be visited by Hässleholms IF. Fourth straight? Kick-off 19.00.
Kristianstad FC Österlen FF 0-4 Goalscorers: Zoran Jovanovic, Kevin Harletun, Freddie Brorsson and Jacob Blixt.
The first league goals in a senior context, how does it feel?
- It feels good and also nice to do a hat trick in the first home game for me. It feels like you got into senior football quickly. It has not been any problem at all to adapt to the gameplay either, says Mirnes Nurkovic.
Your first two goals were almost copies of each other, do you train a lot of shots from a distance? - Yes, it often happens that I come in from the right edge in both training and matches, so there are quite a few shots from the very angles that I shot from.
The free kick was not bad either, have you decided that it is you who will lay the free kicks?
- We always have a left foot and a right foot and just then I felt that it was time to put it myself. We have many good free kicks in the team, including Simon (Jeppsson) who also shot a free kick in the match.
You were very effective going forward today, it must have been a real boost for self-confidence in the whole team?
- Yes, it really was, we pumped the whole match and did not stop attacking and threatening Brantevik's defense, it was maybe a bit relaxed in the second half but overall I think we make a great match and own most of the match, concludes Mirnes Nurkovic .
"Good combo of young and younger players, because we have no old ones"
- I think we are right in the positions and dare to attack with the whole team. We are not as physical as Brantevik but we do not give up. Above all, the outer slopes come up so that the outer midfielders can cut in and finish. We dare to pass around, find gaps and do not send the long ball all the time. In the second half we keep the ball and do not stress forward. We do it really well so Brantevik never gets a real grip on the match, says Johan Hörberger.
Four of your young players scored their first league goals in the senior context, guess there were a lot of happy mouths in the locker room after the match? - Yes, it was a great atmosphere. It was a relief for everyone too and a proof that we can score goals and that the game works.
Mirnes Nurkovic's hat trick, what do you have to say about it? - Mirnes does exactly what we train on, cuts in and finishes. Then he has a sharp left foot so I am not very surprised that he shoots in two and puts a free kick.
What do you take with you to the next match that is already played on Thursday away against Glemmingebro IF? - Glemmingebro on Thursday does not know much about them. But we take with us the positive that you get from a win and continue to play ball. This is the first year many of the seniors play senior football, which must also be taken into account. It is a good combo with young and younger players, because we have no "old", Johan Hörberger concludes.
Final result Baskemölla IF - Branteviks IF 6-2Goalscorers Baskemölla IF: Oliver Wiege, Alexander Vokoun, Simon Jeppsson and Mirnes Nurkovic 3. Goalscorers Branteviks IF FF: Peter Ipsen and Sebastian Nilsson.
The postponed football spring means that this weekend's premieres for the local football teams in Österlen are extra welcome. Österlensport checked the situation for some of the teams during last weekend's training matches where IFK Simrishamn met Mjällby AIF's U19 and Gröstorps IF took on Baskemölla IF.
Svensson satisfied with Simrishamn's defensive play
IFK Simrishamn (division 3) was visited by Mjällby AIF's very competent 19-year-olds (plays in the southern U19 Allsvenskan). Simrishamn resisted really well and pushed Mjällby down at the end of the first half, which resulted in a few half chances. In the final stages of the second half, roles were changed where Simrishamn's defensive line was put to the test when lightning - fast Mjällby strikers set full speed but Simrishamn's back line did well. The completely even and well-played match at Korsavad's IP was decided with less than ten minutes left when Mjällby was awarded a penalty that was used. Final result IFK Simrishamn - Mjällby AIF U19 0-1 (0-0).
- In the first half we do many good things, we stand right and come in the right areas, but despite that we do not create so many situations in the last third. We are not sharp enough going forward. For 60 minutes we have good control of them. Then we lack match condition, which can be seen in the last twenty when we end up low when Mjällby takes over. I had hoped to get some energy from the innings with the bites not grabbing the balls, says IFK Simrishamn's head coach Marcus Svensson who was extra happy with the defensive game.
Was it an imaginary starting eleven you started with? - Basically. Tobbe (goalkeeper) injured himself a bit in training so he stood over today. A pure precaution. Then it is a bit unclear what will happen to Tibor Cica who has moved to Malmö. We feel after the conditions prepared for the premiere away against IFK Trelleborg, it will be fun, Marcus Svensson concludes.
Gröstorp broke Baskemölla
At Gröstorps IP, the newcomers in division 5 Gröstorps IF faced the division 6 team Baskemölla IF. It seemed early on that there is a division between the teams. Admittedly, Baskemöll's Arshad Jamil Gröstorp equalized's early lead goal by setting a penalty, but then it was the home team for almost all the money. Baskemölla's defensive line had a hard time keeping up when Noak Karlsson, Emil Löfvall and Petter Håkansson stormed forward. Final result Gröstorps IF - Baskemölla IF 4-1 (2-1).
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Österlen FF took on Nosaby IF in division 2 eastern Götaland at home at Skillinge IP on Tuesday night. The home team won the lottery and chose to start with the Österlenska evening sun and a light breeze in the back. It was a tight match between two supposed top teams where the teams' respective defensive games effectively slowed down the attacking attempts. But with less than a quarter of an hour left, Jacob Blixt showed what his left-wing doja can achieve.
In the first half, Österlen had more ball than Nosaby, which resulted in a couple of hot goal chances, including two finishes in the crossbar. Points victory for Österlen but 0-0 on the bulletin board.
Felt immediately that it would go in
In the second half, Österlen came around on the edges of Nosaby, often when Freddie Brorsson repeatedly steamed on, but the posts into the penalty area often lacked the decisive sharpness.
It would take until the 73rd minute before the decision would come. The visitors got a chance to pulling one back after a corner kick, but the ball hit Zoran Jovanovic completely unmarked. Jacob Blixt stepped forward, set the ball straight and then screwed it over the defensive wall and into the goalkeeper's left corner with his red-hot left foot. Wow, redeemingly beautiful! Jacob's words about the class goal.
- I wanted to put it there and if I get a good hit, the goalkeeper does not take the ball. I immediately felt when the ball left the foot that it would go in. It is difficult to get holes in strong defenses that are low so it was redemptive to score the goal. It's nice that the team that wins the match also wins, says Jacob Blixt who takes the opportunity to pay tribute to his teammates because everyone does the job for each other.
Do you practice a lot of free kicks? - I did it when I was younger but not so much now.
A team machine that loves to work from home
After the goal, Nosaby moved the positions forward in an equalizer hunt, but apart from a couple of high posts in the last five, it never became really dangerous. Österlen's back line, with conductor Robin Jakobsson as army commander in the middle lock, impressed with smart positional play, synced exceptions and calm play. Österlen has so far, rightly, received much praise for his attacking football, but this version of ÖFF also has a defensive game called duga. When ten outfielders love to work hard at home, well then the defensive game looks easy. A 30-meter home run followed by a blocked post is undeniably a beautiful sight. The hard work and Jacob's class goals remain on the retina. The match ended fairly 1-0 to Österlen who now has two straight victories in the second which this year is decided in a single series. The next team to try to stop Österlen will be Kristianstad FC.
Once the competition season started for Österlens GK's 15-year-old golf talent William Wistrand, it became a real challenge. As the only participant from southeastern Skåne, he recently qualified for the Barsebäck Resort Masters which is part of the MoreGolf Mastercard Tour. We followed William during the second day's game at Barsebäck GK's course Master Course where he was beaten by close to 200 other players from the Swedish senior elite.
William started the first day's game in a brilliant way. Four pairs and a birdie on the first five holes gave 18 strokes (78 over par par) after XNUMX holes played.
“My minimum level is high”
Barsebäck welcomed us to the second day's game with slightly unstable weather. Stable then from William who started with long, straight strokes up on the green which gave him the opportunity to birdie putt on the two initial holes. The putts were good but slipped annoyingly past the cup and instead of two birdies, William had to note par in the scorecard on both holes 1 and 2.
Then three holes with bogeys but William kept the focus and on the sixth he rolled again in a pair - strong! The rest of the round contained five bogeys, five par and two birdies which was 81 strokes and a total of thirteen over par during two days of play which this time was not enough for a place on the right side of the cut. But having 30 players from the Swedish elite behind them is impressive.
- I am satisfied. To play such golf and still get a good score on a course as difficult as Barsebäck is a great proof that my minimum level is high, says William Wistrand when we sit down in the conference department at Lilla Vik.
What a wonderful challenge to play Barsebäck Resort Masters. What were you thinking when you got the go-ahead to join?
- That it would be great fun to play. Barsebäck Resort Masters and Swedish Golf Tour at Djupadal last year are the two biggest competitions so far in my golf career.
Amateur Ludvig Åberg won the Barsebäck Resort Masters
MoreGolf Mastercard Tour a collaboration between the Swedish Golf Association and the PGA of Sweden. The tour is the market-leading professional golf tour in the Nordic region. Here are professionals from several countries who are preparing to take the step out into Europe.
Ludvig Åberg from Eslövs Golfklubb played home Barsebäck Resort Masters thanks to a bogey-free last 68 round. This was his second straight victory on the MoreGolf Mastercard Tour.
Results top three - Barsebäck Resort Masters
1. Ludvig Åberg -15 2. Mikael Lindberg -10 - 3. Björn Hellgren -8
More personal decisions without a caddy
For several years, William has already had time to compete against seniors. Among other things, he won the club championship last year in the home club Österlens GK.
What is the difference between competing against seniors compared to players your own age?
- The punching ability, and to play smart. As a junior, you often want to hit as far as possible and then the risk of missing increases, which means high scores. At Barsebäck I had to play smart, to play the ball instead of going for the green. It was instructive. What I also take with me from this competition is that I have to be more careful with distance assessments and where I should hit the ball. Sometimes I made a little too quick decisions.
At competitions, Williams' father or grandfather usually goes for a caddy. The competition at Barsebäck was carried out without either an audience or caddies, how did you experience it?
- It will not be the same and it will be clear alone. It's always fun when someone joins. And a caddy you can always talk to. Without a caddy, I become more independent and have to make more decisions myself. I do not know if it is positive or negative. Boring though without an audience.
Which hole were you most happy with during the competition at Barsebäck?
- Hole 1. I do not think I played the hole exactly as I wanted but both days I got the score I wanted on one. It's a really heavy opening hole and there I made pairs both days. I'm really happy with that, it's important to get a good start to the round.
Junior-SM and the Battle of Skåne next week
In the first part of the Battle for Scania, which was recently played in Sjöbo, William finished second. On Tuesday next week, William will play the second part of the Battle for Scania, which this time will be played at Kristianstads GK.
And the day after the Battle of Skåne, he goes to Kalmar to play a competition that is part of the Swedish Championships for juniors (13-21 years). In Kalmar, over 100 players participate who first play a three-day cut where then the top 45 get to play the fourth and final round of competition. Still, neither spectators nor caddies are welcome out on the tracks. What William, on the other hand, takes with him on the courses is the experience from Barsebäck Resort Masters. Good luck!
Before the restart in division 2, Österlen FF faced the division 3 team Saxemara IF at home at Skillinge IP on Wednesday night. It was a genre rehearsal where five players were noted as goal scorers in an impressive 5-1 victory.
Österlen immediately took the initiative with a moving and high attacking game. The ball possession was estimated at 80/20 for the home team during the first 20 minutes. Many of Österlen's attacks went via ball-safe Fredrik Hansson in a defensive midfield position. After a short tussle with the defender, Jacob Blixt finally tucked the ball home. Then Österlen's coach Agim Sopi sent up a whole 7-man team from the bench to warm up before the second half. Goalless after the first 45.
To start in the second half was changed Adam Barchan, Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori, Merlin Nuhanovic and Freddie Brorsson in. Lively legs from all and Österlen took a real grip on the initiative again. And now came the dividend. 1-0 through Furkan Motori, who made a dazzling second half, nicely played by Jacob Blixt. 2-0 when Motoris' left corner found Hugo Bjuremark's head.
3-0, the delicacy of the match. Freddie Brorsson sees Zoran Jovanovic's deep lead run and caresses a perfect cross that Jovanovic routinely places next to the guests' goalkeeper. The attacking game kept a really high class for a period in the second half and it is a really forward-leaning team that Österlenpubliken will see when the series soon makes a restart. Fun! What if the matches can be played with an audience?
After 80 minutes, Saxemara sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. 3-1 which shortly afterwards was about to become 3-2 but the guests' finish slipped outside one post. Instead, a new attack delicacy from Österlen. Motori spun and turned around in Saxemara's penalty area before lifting a twisted right towards the far post there Brorsson met with his right and scored 4-1. Before the match was over, Kevin Harletun also had time to paint. Five different goal scorers impress and certainly create headaches for the league competitors.
Österlen FF - Saxemara IF 5–1 (0–0) Österlen's goals: 1–0 Furkan Motori, 2–0 Hugo Bjurnemark, 3–0 Zoran Jovanovic, 4–1 Freddie Brorsson and 5–1 Kevin Harletun.
Ahead of Saturday's home match at Tomelilla IP in Division 3 South, Tomelilla IF's coach Magnus Högström believed that IFK Trelleborg would try to find behind its own backline via long balls to fast strikers. It turned out to be a completely accurate pre-analysis. The visitors' lead goal five minutes into the second half was the match only, but a dramatic finish gave Tomelilla a point.
The first quarter's ball possession to the guests while Tomelilla mostly devoted to covering areas backwards. When in an open position for Trelleborg, Tomelilla had control of the guests' attacking play. After the drinking break 20 minutes into the first half, the home team was able to move up the positions and pushed Trelleborg higher up the court, which also paved the way for a couple of nice long balls on the right. However, Trelleborg's defense line could quite easily stop Tomelilla's attack. What did you say to the players at the break? - Offensively, we wanted to get more on our right. Here we would also start by pushing some longer strikes behind their left back and then putting pressure and then in the strikes afterwards move on to more ball possession and try to solve their first pressure on us. Here it was for poor movement and playability for the ball holder. That's what we talked about in the little "time out" and that made us feel good, "says Tomelilla's coach Magnus Högström.
The visitors finished the first 45 with three good goals and Tomelilla's most dangerous goal chance also came at the end of the half. Kevin Ketteridge drove the ball towards the penalty area, changed direction and drove a few more yards before pressing off with the right. The shot was effectively blocked by a Trelleborg defender. 0-0 after the first half.
Already five minutes into the second half, the visitors Mathias Andersson ran through the Tomelilla defense and was able to place 0-1.
- An unnecessary goal that we should be able to defend ourselves from and keep track of. We talked at break about how psychologically important the first goal is in this heat. Now the uphill starts. But still, I think we try to stick to a mix of longer and short plays, says Magnus Högström.
The downside boosted Tomelilla which put better pressure in the press play resulting in a few half chances. The speed and runs were with the attackers Kevin Ketteridge and Erik Ekholm but the weight in the middle was missing which made it pretty easy for Trelleborg's defender. In search of receipt, Tomelilla made five bytes. More studded legs moved Tomelilla's attacking positions in a straight game while the team opened backwards.
The last ten became a real roller coaster on the hard and bumpy lawn. Anders Nilsson screwed a corner directly into the cross. The visitors had an open goal in a changeover but where Olof Nilsson cleared the finish line. The best opportunity came in overtime when Tomelilla was awarded a penalty when Kasper Svensson was pulled down in the penalty area. Olof Nilsson pulled from the penalty spot but Trelleborg's goalkeeper made a nice save which became the final event of the match.
Someone or some players you want to highlight?
- Filip M, Olof Nilsson, Robin Nilsson, Anders Nilsson and Erik Ekholm were good.
The next challenge will be Veberöds AIF on away plan. That match will not be played until August 8. What does the schedule look like for you now during your stay, workouts, workouts, vacations? - Exercise Sunday, then a two week break. The guys have self-training the third week. Thereafter, the collective training begins again on week 30. Training match against Vejby (division 3) on August 1 and autumn start on August 8 against Veberöd.
Result Tomelilla IF-IFK Trelleborg 0-1 (0-0). 0-1 Mathias Andersson.
Österlen's two best football teams, Hammenhögs IF (div 1 ladies) and Österlen FF (div 2 men), were both pitted against Ifö Bromölla IF this past week.
The law from southeastern Skåne proved to be stronger than northeastern Skåne's. Full pot to the Österlen Act!
Hammenhög started the series with a tie against Laholm. Three points against Bromölla were therefore close to a must to keep up with the top of the women's div 1 series as this Corona season is played as a single series where of course every match and all points are extremely important.
- A tough match on the paper and on the pitch as always against Bromölla. A lot of struggle and physical football to wait, Hammenhög coach Anders Palmér said before the match.
The girls from Hammenhög grabbed the match directly and initially showed the most will and attitude at home on Hammondavallen's fine green. Well-balanced posts and corners into the guests' penalty area were moving. First ten minutes on points to Hammenhög. When Tilde Johansson bounced 1-0 after barely a quarter, it looked stable. The goal became a motivator for the guests from Bromölla who stepped up and pushed back the Hammenhögs defense.
Did you become anxious and wanted to monitor the management? - No, I think more that Bromölla changed a bit and played a very clear 3-5-2 so after 1-0 we got it tough centrally, says Anders Palmér.
The visitors started the second half with a forced kick and after 55 minutes came the result when a Bromollas player could score 1-1 after a goal keeper's return. Now it was the home players' turn to tie their fists.
The remaining match time had Hammenhög's most ball and also created some half chances up to 2-1 but it would take until overtime before the match was decided. Home team Josefine Rydle was lying in the grass after she hit her back. Teammate Tilde Johansson laid the ball over the sideline for Rydle to receive treatment for his injury. In such situations, it is customary for the opponents to return the ball when the player has received his treatment and the game can be resumed. This time, the Bromalla players took the ball themselves and attacked. The surprise and frustration of the home players who, in sheer aggression, managed to send the ball one last time in Bromolla's penalty area where Matilda Larsson appeared and was able to push in the victory ball. Great joy, and maybe even a certain amount of hurt considering the situation at Rydle's injury, at home camp.
- Very nice 2-1 goal where we fill with players in the penalty area. Rydle drops the ball and Matilda Larsson's run on the far post is cruel after 96 minutes. I want to emphasize the collective, the work of everyone, says Anders Palmér. How did you perceive the situation after Josefine Rydle received treatment and who later led to the victory goal?
- We got a player injured, and kicked out the ball. Then it is an unwritten law to give the ball back to us. Instead, they made a long throw and attacked immediately. Not fair play directly if you say so. Very bad by their players, and their leaders didn't even respond. Embarrassing just, says Anders Palmér.
End 2-1 to Hammenhög. Four points after two rounds and Hammenhög's ladies hang out!
After the delayed spring, it was finally time for the Österlen FF's premiere this weekend. For the away stand was Bromölla, who in their first match had a 4-0 victory in the back.
From minute one, the guys from Österlen showed that they did not cheat with spring training. Running, aggressive, position-safe. And lead through Freddie Brorsson's nod on the corner already after 15 minutes. The dominance continued during the first 45 with position switching and fine play behind Bromolla's back line, which led to several good goals. But Österlen had to settle for a comfortable 1-0 lead.
After the break, Österlen became somewhat comfortable. Bromölla pumped on and owned the match during a period where they also created chances but the Austrian defense game with Merlin Nuhanovic as the last outpost was against Bromolla's attempt. After 75 minutes sprinting, Jacob Blixt switched to an attack all by himself, which he then finished by distinctly pushing the ball into the net behind Bromolla's goalkeeper. Premiership victory with 0-2 and Österlen keeps going!