After losing two years in a row, Hammarby IF could finally see themselves as winners, after an exciting penalty shootout.
With the final between Lerums IS and Hammarby IF being an all-Swedish game, the support on the Gamla Ullevi rafters was intense for both teams.
Lerums IS came in to the final with an impressive goal difference, having score 59 goals and just conceding three. They were also tied for the biggest win in this year’s tournament after a 20-0 against TV Neuenkirchen in the group stage.
But Hammarby was no easy opponent, having conceded only three goals. The club had appeared in the finals for two years straight before today, losing to Stockholm rivals AIK FF on penalties last year.
A win today would also mean that they would rise to a third place in the marathon table of Gothia Cup, with eleven victories total.
The game started out with even play between the teams, and the ball mostly switched owner in the middle of the field. The first half was hard-fought, with no goals. Both teams came close and hit the post on either end of the pitch.
Second half became just as tough as the first, but Hammarby started to get to a few more chances by attacking mainly through Mabintou Bangoura and Alexandra Calixte Rosengren on the right hand side of the pitch.
With ten minutes left, Lerum finally broke through Hammarby’s defense with a solo effort. Hanna Wijk dribbled past first one, then a second defender in the box, before striking the ball in the opposite corner of the goal
But Hammarby wouldn’t give up and got the equalizer after Lerum’s goalkeeper dropped a cross. The ball came to Vendela Dreifaldt, who had no problem.
The late goal meant that it would be settled on penalty shootout.
After one save each Hammarby’s keeper Siri Zetterquist and one save by Lerum’s , it came down to down to Felicia Karlsson to keep Lerum in the finals. She scored and extra penalties awaited. Hammarby’s nr 10 safely scored her’s and Siri Zetterquist became the big hero when she clutched Lerum’s following penalty.
That meant Hammarby again won against Lerum, since they beat them in the semifinals in 2017, and corrected their loss on penalties from last year.
– It’s fantastic! We have been waiting so long for this, it’s unbelievable! And to win the penalties and the last save, amazing, says Siri Zetterquist.
HAMMARBY IF FF – LERUMS IS 6–5 (0–0)
0–1 Hanna Wijk, 1–1 Vendela Dreifaldt
Penalties: 2–1 Ellika Holmberg, 3–1 Vendela Dreifaldt, 3–2 Hanna Wijk, 4–2 Malva Fors, 4–3 Fillippa Mellingsäter, 5–3 Lova Norinder, 5–4 Stella Avstad, 5–5 Felicia Karlsson, 6–5 Kim Vulic
MVP: Vendela Dreifeldt
REFEREE: Tugce Kamali, Turkey
HAMMARBY IF FF’S ROAD TO VICTORY
Vinslövs IF (SWE) 13–0 W
FC Norrsken (SWE) 8–0 W
JSSL Singapore (SGP) 6–0 W
Vaksala SK (SWE) 7–0 W
Team Odense Q (DEN) 2–1 W
Stabæk Fotball (NOR) 2–0 W
KFV Segeberg (GER) 5–2 (P) W
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