Helsingborg's Carl Johansson and goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski look dejected after Dalkurd score a 4th.

Coming off the back of a heavy defeat to league leaders Brommapojkarna, it was important that HIF got a good result against 2nd place Dalkurd.

Preamble

Having suffered a heavy defeat at home in their last game, HIF would be determined not to let their sole defeat in Superettan gain some company by losing again.

Dalkurd took over second place in the division after HIF lost to Brommapojkarna. That meant that this game was another 6-pointer which, if HIF have any intentions of automatic promotion, they needed to win else they would start to be left adrift in the play-off position.

Dalkurd’s History

Dalkurd FF is based in Borlänge, central Sweden. They were founded on 26th September 2004 by Kurdish immigrants and they currently play their home games at the 6,500-seater Domnarvsvallen.

The club started as a social project by the management. The purpose with the club was to contribute to the youngsters in Borlänge by providing activities for them. IK Brage helped finance the project.

In the first season the squad had an average age of 17 years old. Besides contributing to the youngsters, the chairman, Ramazan Kizil, had a high expectation from the football players and an ultimate goal: he wanted to take Dalkurd to the professional levels of the Swedish league. Dalkurd won every division they participated in from their very first season in 2005 to 2009. By this level of success, which is uncommon even in Sweden, they got a lot of media attention, both in Sweden and in other countries.

The club narrowly avoided catastrophe when travelling home from Spain in March 2015. The club had initially intended to fly from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on Germanwings Flight 9525, but changed their booking at the last minute when they decided the layover in Germany would be too long.

German Wings 9525 crashed into the French Alps on March 24, killing everyone on board.

Round 13: Dalkurd FF v Helsingborgs IF

When two top teams meet the game usually results in a kind of stalemate with neither side wanting to give the advantage to their opponent. However, as we saw in HIF’s last game when first played second which resulted in a 4-0 defeat, HIF like to do things their own way.

“We’ll be better the longer the season goes on” were the words that Per Ola Ljung used before the season began. Given that HIF went 11 straight matches without loss, hopes were right high for meetings with top competitors Brommapojkarna and Dalkurd.

As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Brommapojkarna weren’t content to play chess and neither were Dalkurd who went about the game on full attack mode therefore created a lot of good scoring opportunities.

As soon as the fifth minute Dalkurd’s Amin had a opportunity to score just outside the box after good play by Ekblad, but the shot went over the bar.

HIF struggled on but managed to not repeat the problem from the previous game by conceding inside the first 10 minutes then having to chase the game.

No. In fact HIF managed to hold on until the 25th minute when Lawan struck a fierce shot into the net after some sloppy work by the HIF defence.

Going into the half time break just a goal down wasn’t the end of the world. The end of the world was about to happen, HIF just didn’t realise it when they were having their half time cup of tea and biscuit.

Three minutes into the second half HIF midfielder, Alexander Jonsson received a straight red card for a poor tackle. This meant that HIF had to play the remaining 42 minutes with a man down while chasing the game. HIF have enough problems with 11 men so it would be interesting to see how they’d do with 10!

To be fair they weathered the storm well for the first 25 minutes but as the game was entering the final 15 minutes the flood gates opened!

First Dalkurd’s Yarsuvat scored and was rewarded by being substituted three minutes later.

Then we entered HIF terratory, the final 10 minutes. On the 81st minute Awad scored and, as with Yarsuvat, he was substituted two minutes later.

On the 84th minute Bangura added a 4th goal but because Dalkurd had already used their full allocation of substitutes he was forced to remain on the pitch.

The game was going through it’s final twitches of death when up popped Ahmed to make it 5-0 to Dalkurd and end those last twitches. Job done? Truth be told the job was done before the game entered the final 10 minutes.

This means that HIF has played the top two teams in the last two games and have an aggregate of 0-9 and must throw some serious doubt as to if they can gain automatic promotion. The way things are going HIF should start to look over their shoulder rather than in front of them.

Final Score: 0:5
Goals:
1-0 Lawan (25 min) 2-0 Yarsuvat (74) 3-0 Awad (81) 4-0 Bangura (84) 5-0 Ahmed (90)
Attendance: 2,270

Next up: IFK Värnamo

Superettan Table – 2017-06-19

# Team Pld W D L F:A Pts
1. Brommapojkarna 13 11 1 1 31:8 34
2. Dalkurd 13 8 2 3 24:8 26
3. Helsingborg 13 6 5 2 21:21 23
4. Orgryte 13 6 3 4 14:22 21
5. Östers 13 5 3 5 18:20 18
6. Degerfors 13 5 3 5 15:17 18
7. Trelleborgs 12 4 5 3 21:12 17
8. Varbergs 13 4 5 4 24:18 17
9. Falkenbergs 13 4 5 4 21:20 17
10. Värnamo 13 5 2 6 19:18 17
11. Syrianska 13 4 3 6 19:20 15
12. Norrby 13 4 3 6 18:21 15
13. Atvidabergs 13 4 3 6 14:21 15
14. GAIS 13 4 3 6 11:18 15
15. IK Frej 13 2 4 7 15:25 10
16. Gefle 12 1 2 9 12:28 5
    League Rules:
  • Thirty game season.
  • Top two teams are promoted.
  • Third placed team plays a two legged play-off match with the third from bottom team in Allsvenskan.
  • Bottom two teams are relegated.
  • Third and fourth from bottom teams play a two legged play-off match with 3rd placed team in Division 1 North and Division 1 South respectively.

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Results: 1st Half Remaining fixtures: 2nd Half
01/04 – Trelleborgs FF (h)
09/04 – Varbergs BoIS (a)
17/04 – Gefle IF (h)
22/04 – GAIS Göteborg (a)
01/05 – Degerfors IF (h)
08/05 – Atvidabergs FF (a)
13/05 – IK Frej (h)
18/05 – Norrby IF (h)
22/05 – Östers IF (a)
27/05 – Syrianska FC (h)
03/06 – Falkenbergs FF (a)
10/06 – IF Brommapojkarna (h)
17/06 – Dalkurd FF (a)
24/06 – IFK Värnamo (a)—– Summer Break —–
1:0 W
3:3 D
1:1 D
0:0 D
3:0 W
1:2 W
2:2 D
3:2 W
1:2 W
3:1 W
1:1 D
0:4 L
0:5 L
22/07 – Örgryte IS (h)
29/07 – Syrianska FC (a)
05/08 – Norrby IF (a)
08/08 – Åtvidabergs FF (h)
12/08 – IK Frej (a)
19/08 – GAIS Göteborg (h)
26/08 – Trelleborgs FF (a)
02/09 – Dalkurd FF (h)
09/09 – IF Brommapojkarna (a)
16/09 – Varbergs BoIS (h)
23/09 – Falkenbergs FF (h)
30/09 – Gefle IF (a)
14/10 – IFK Värnamo (h)
21/10 – Degerfors IF (a)
28/10 – Örgryte IS (a)
03/11 – Östers IF (h)

Squad Statistics:

# Name Age Pld Gls Yc Rc
Goalkeepers
30 Joelsson Kalle 19 0 0 0 0
1 Pyzdrowski Matt 30 13 0 1 0
Defenders
11 Eriksson Adam 26 13 0 2 0
3 Helstrup Frederik 24 7 0 0 0
2 Johansson Carl 23 6 0 1 0
26 Larsson Peter 33 7 0 0 0
7 Ljung Viktor 26 4 0 0 0
4 Olsson Jonatan 24 2 0 0 0
37 Thulin Carl 17 0 0 0 0
36 Weberg Charlie 19 10 0 0 0
Midfielders
8 Christensen Martin 29 12 1 0 0
33 Gyimah Edwin 26 12 1 5 0
13 Jonsson Alexander Borje 21 8 0 3 1
6 Landgren Andreas 28 13 1 1 0
14 Ralani Bradley 29 12 2 2 1
21 Samuel Monday 23 9 1 0 0
35 Seger Casper 17 0 0 0 0
10 Wede Anton 27 8 0 0 0
Forwards
18 Akpoveta Oke 25 11 4 5 0
22 Lange Jesper 31 13 6 2 0
15 Svensson Max 19 9 2 0 0
9 Zeidan Moustafa 19 1 0 1 0
Coach
Ljung Per-Ola 49

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