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AIK see off Gothenburg to win historic double

AIK added the Swedish cup on Saturday to their Allsvenskan league championship win to claim a historic double - the first for the Solna based side.

AIK see off Gothenburg to win historic double

AIK were convincing in dispatching IFK Gothenburg 2-0 at Råsunda stadium.

IFK were left to lick their wounds after missing out again on the silverware having lost the Allsvenskan league championship decider at Ullevi last week 1-2.

“I am extremely proud and happy. It is fantastic. It doesn’t get better than this in Sweden,” AIK coach Mikael Stahre proclaimed after the win.

AIK opened the match at full speed, playing aggressive, attacking football and dominating possession. 15 shots were recorded by the Solna “Rodents” in the first half although no goals were registered by the time the teams went in for the break.

In the 72nd minute AIK won a free kick. IFK goalkeeper, Kim Christiansen, was unable to hold on to a thundering shot from Jos Hooiveld and Iván Óbolo was on hand to finish off the rebound.

IFK made a gallant attempt to get back into the match but AIK’s defence has been water tight all season and openings proved hard to find.

Flavio, one of AIK’s more successful signings through the years, was then able to take advantage of the holes left in IFK’s backline to put the tie beyond the hapless Gothenburg with a second goal in injury time.

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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.
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