Elfsborg Swedish champions

Elfsborg are Swedish champions for the first time since 1961. The Borås-based club beat Djurgården 1-0 at home on Sunday afternoon to claim the Allsvenskan title, the fifth in their history.

Rivals AIK were beating Malmö 3-0 at the Råsunda stadium, so Elfsborg needed all three points. A goal from Joakim Sjöhage in the 39th minute sealed the victory.

“We battled and fought and it feels absolutely fantastic,” said midfielder Anders Svensson to Canal Plus after the game.

It could have been a very different story. In extra time a shot from Djurgården’s Daniel Sjölund hit Elfsborg defender Andreas Augustsson on the hand in the penalty area. But to the relief of the baying fans gathered in the Borås Arena, referee Peter Fröjdfeldt waved play on.

Elfsborg finished the season on 50 points, having lost only two matches. AIK were runners up with 49 points while Hammarby came third with 43 points.

Helsingborg, in fourth spot, will join the top three clubs as Sweden’s representatives in the Scandinavian Royal League.

Öster and Örgryte were both relegated to the Superettan league after losing on Sunday.


Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.