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Elfsborg take home Allsvenskan title

Borås football club Elfsborg drew 1-1 with Åtvidaberg on Sunday afternoon to win the title in Sweden's top football league, the Allsvenskan.

Elfsborg take home Allsvenskan title

The Borås club nabbed the gold in the tie game, finishing on top of the ladder and narrowly edging out second place Malmö FF, which lost to AIK at Råsunda on the same afternoon.

“It’s incredible to win the gold again,” said team captain Anders Svensson to the TT news agency.

“It’s damn fine. The whole team has had a strong season and fought the whole way.”

Over 16,000 fans turned up to the Borås Arena in western Sweden to watch the game.

Stefan Ishizaki scored Elfsborg’s only goal of the match, finding the back of the net in the 30th minute and sending the home crowd into a thunderous frenzy.

However, the team found out during the game that they didn’t need much more to win the gold.

“Just into the second half we knew it was over,” explained Svensson.

“AIK led 2-0 so we could relax. But we relaxed too much so they were able to equalize. But the last half an hour was just a joy,” he told TT.

In the 76th minute, Viktor Prodell netted one for Åtvidaberg, but it wasn’t enough to see off the champion team and the game finished at 1-1 to the delight of the home crowd.

Celebrations for Elfsborg erupted in Borås after the game, with several thousand diehard fans braving the chill to celebrate in the town square, Stora Torget.

The win marks the club’s sixth title, with their last win in 2006.

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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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