Sports digest: Sweden advances to Davis Cup semi final

Sports digest is The Local's weekly look at the week that was on the playing fields and rinks of Sweden.


Sweden eased to a 4-1 win over Argentina in the Davis Cup quarter final held in Gothenburg at the weekend.

The match was all over as a contest on Saturday afternoon after the Swedes had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Sweden will face the USA in the semi final.


The Swedish football season kicked of at Easter weekend and threw up a few early surprises.

In the season’s first Stockholm derby, newcomers Brommapojkarna took a second minute lead against Djurgården which they never relinquished. The minnows from the north of the city, 500/1 outsiders to take the title, couldn’t have got their campaign off to a better start.

Following in the footsteps of Djurgården, AIK – another of the capital’s major clubs – lost at home to Kalmar.

Halmstad notched up a 2-1 victory at home to Helsingborg, dealing an early blow to Henrik Larsson’s chances of winning titles with two different clubs in the same year.

The weekend’s other games all ended in stalemate.

AIK – Kalmar 0 – 1

Gefle – Örebro 0 – 0

Halmstad – Helsingborg 2 – 1

Elfsborg – Malmö 1 – 1

Brommapojkarna – Djurgården 1 – 0

Trelleborg – IFK Göteborg 1 – 1

Ice Hockey

Linköping secured a late win over Modo in the third game of their best-of seven Swedish hockey final.

The teams now travel to Modo’s home arena in Örnsköldsvik for two games on Tuesday and Thursday that could decide the outcome of this year’s Elitserien.


After his victory at the World Match Play Championships in Arizona in February, Henrik Stenson was expected to be among the contenders at the Masters in Augusta. But it wasn’t to be.

Stenson was however the best placed Swede at the 2007 Masters, finishing tied for 17th place.


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.