AIK nab victory at final Råsunda match

AIK nab victory at final Råsunda match
The legendary Stockholm football stadium Råsunda hosted its last ever game in Sweden's top football league, the Allsvenskan, with AIK beating Malmö FF 2-0.

Stockholm team AIK was hoping to beat Malmö FF in the historical, sold-out game which was expected to draw a 30,000-strong crowd.

The last time AIK played Malmö they lost by a crushing 4-0.

But AIK managed to win their last ever game at Råsunda, their home arena for the past 75 years, with a convincing 2-0 win over Malmö.

The loss meant that Malmö missed their chance to capture the league title, which instead went to Elfsborg, while AIK finished fourth in the Allsvenska league.

AIK and Malmö met in the first game at Råsunda in April 1937, but the formal inauguration of the stadium came on May 17th that year, when Sweden lost by 4-0 to England in a friendly.

A few weeks later, Sweden scored 4-0 against Finland at Råsunda in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Sweden’s last competitive game at the stadium also ended triumphantly, as the national team won 3-2 against the Netherlands in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier.

However, the Swedish national team’s last match at the Råsunda arena, on August 15th 2012, ended in disappointment, with a 3-0 loss to Brazil.

Footballing legend Pelé, who shot to fame at the age of 17 after scoring two goals in Brazil’s 5-2 success over Sweden in the 1958 World Cup final, took part in a ceremony before the farewell match.

“Even though the stadium will no longer stand, the name Råsunda will never die,” Pelé said.

AIK’s new home is the just-opened Friends Arena. The team will move there in the spring of 2013.

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