Sports digest: Elmander fires Toulouse into Champions League

Sports digest is The Local's round-up of the week's sporting action involving Swedes at home and abroad.


Swedish international striker Joahn Elmander scored for Toulouse at the weekend in a historic 3-1 win over Bordeaux. The victory meant that Toulouse finished third in the league and grabbed the last available Champions League spot just ahead of Rennes, Lens, Sochaux, and Bordeaux.

In Sweden, last year’s champions Elfsborg have taken a three-point lead at the top of Allsvenskan after three victories on the trot.

An away win at Hammarby followed on the heels of recent triumphs against Gothenburg and Trelleborg.

It is worth remembering however that the Borås club has played one game more than its nearest rivals.

Kalmar missed their chance to join Elfsborg on 16 points when they slumped to a surprise home defeat against slow starters Trelleborg.

Second-placed Malmö meanwhile were booed off the pitch by their own supporters after they failed to convert an early lead against Gefle into three points. The match finished 1-1.


Carolina Klüft won her eighteenth pentathlon in a row at Götzis in Austria. Klüft had hoped to make a new world record attempt but strong wins soon put paid to her ambitions.

The event also marked the return of Ludmila Blonska, the Ukrainian athlete who was suspended for four years after being found to have used anabolic steroids.


Sweden finished bottom of its group at the World Team Cup championship in Dusseldorf. But the Swedish team can take some solace from having rounded off the tournament with a 2-1 win over the USA.

Robin Söderling and Thomas Johansson each registered two-set victories in their singles match-ups with James Blake and Mike Bryan.

The Americans later scored a consolation doubles victory as Mike and Bob Bryan saw off Söderling and Johansson in two sets.

The two Swedes will be hoping to take their good form with them to the French Open. Should he advance to the third round, Söderling is scheduled to meet the king of the clay court, Rafael Nadal.


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.