The final game of this year’s Gothia Cup was a special one, both for Gothenburg and the two competing teams. The incredibly close game was settled with just one goal separating the teams – an own goal.
First of all, it was a derby match, with both teams coming from Gothenburg.
Secondly, both teams had been to the finals last year and lost – Västra Frölunda IF in the B16 class against Cap Jeune 31 by 1-0, and Örgryte IS in the B18 class on penalties against Entente Sannois Saint Gratien.
On top of all, Västra Frölunda had the chance to climb a place in the marathon table, having six earlier Gothia Cup wins.
The game itself showed signs of the tension, with few real dangerous situations. ÖIS had the best in the first half when Tim Stolt Hermansson found Carl Wiklander in front of goal. His finish didn’t find the net and snuck just past the left post.
Shortly before half-time, ÖIS’ Linus Andersson forced the VF’s keeper Viktor Berggren to a save – not with a shot, but with a cross. The tipped save was then cleared by a helping defender.
Örgryte’s defense showed why they’ve only conceded two goals in the tournament and gave VF few opportunities to get a shot off on goal. But ÖIS couldn’t capitalize on the good defending, as VF themselves put in a strong effort when ÖIS attacked on the wings.
With seven minutes to go, the match looked like it was going to penalties. But the VF defense malfunctioned. A miscommunication between a defender and Viktor Berggren caused an own goal, with Sebastian Olsson being the last Öis player to touch the ball.
Västra Frölunda tried hard to get one back, but failed. A disappointing end för VF – but a win nonetheless for ÖIS, who could take home both the derby and the Gothia Cup with a 1-0 win. And MVP of the game was happy after the game.
– I have waited so long for this. We really thought so hard in this game and I think a lot of us was a little nervous. It’s just magical, says Sebastian Olsson.
ÖRGRYTE IS – V. FRÖLUNDA IF 1–0 (0–0)
1–0 (own goal)
Yellow card: Patrik Svensson Örgryte IS, Lucas Ucar V. Frölunda IF
MVP: Sebastian Olsson
REFEREE: Abdinaser Bashir, Sweden
ÖRGRYTE IS’S ROAD TO VICTORY
Lizzy FC (GHA) 1–1 D
Kungsängens IF (SWE) 2–0 W
JSG Mitte NF 1 (GER) 4–0 W
Jyllinge FC (DEN) 6–0 W
Lindome GIF (SWE) 1–0 W
Olympiacos Academic Red FC (USA) 3–0 W
University of Pretonia (RSA) 4–0 W
Oppsala IF 1 (NOR) 2–1 W