Start suffered a loss in a very dynamic match last Sunday evening against Kristiansund with 3:2 in an away match. The visitors conceded very early, in the 13th minute, and despite the fact that they looked better in the first part, went on a break with 0:1 deficit.
In continuation, Skaanes showed a great mood, as he turned the result to the guest’s favor with goals in the 67th and the 72nd minute, but the celebration was short-lived. Only three minutes later the home team leveled up, and in the 82nd minute, they scored a winning goal and justified the role of favorites in this one.
Start is currently at the 15th place with only nine points. Points here are more than needed for the home side.
Lahti is approaching this one with positive thoughts, as they were able to defeat Ilves in the last match at home with a 3:2 result.
The hosts outplayed their opponents in the first sixty-five minutes of the match, when they scored three times over Assehnoun, who was accurate twice, and Jantti. The last twenty-five minutes belonged to the visitors, as they were able to score two goals via Tomas, but with not enough time to level up, as these two came in the last ten minutes of the encounter.
Lahti is in the sixth position which leads to the play-offs, but they need to be careful in the matches to come, as Ilves and Mariehamn are in a position to threaten them.
Kalmar approaches this one with positive thoughts as they were finally able to break their ten matches winless streak in the last round against Hacken, playing as a visiting team.
They started the match furiously, and already in the 11th minute, they took the lead first over Ring. The guests completely outplayed their opponents in the first part, and it is quite a shame that they didn’t score another one.
In the continuation, a situation changed, as the hosts visibly raised their level of play, but despite several chances, they failed to score. The final 0:2 result was set Johansson in the 77th minute, for the very important morale-boosting victory.
Djurgarden failed in recording a victory in the last match against Hammarby when they suffered a home loss with a 1:2 result.
The visitors looked far better in the first half, when they gained two goals advantage over Johannson and Khalili and went on a break with a good background. The home team did try to be more aggressive in the second, had a ball possession advantage, but their attacks weren’t dangerous enough. The only time they scored was over the away time player Fenger, as he had a misfortune to put the ball behind his own net.
Djurgarden is at 4th place in the standings, only two points behind European placed Norrkoping, so they will certainly try to take all three in this clash, where they are expected to win.
Wolves didn’t have an easy game against Olympiacos back on Thursday night, but they still managed to overcome that 2:1 deficit from Piraeus from a few months ago. They had the luck to score early, via penalty kick converted by Jimenez, and opted for a bit more passive and defensive approach.
Completely logical, as they had the lead they wanted, while the Greek side controlled the ball but lacked better efficiency in the attack. They were a bit lucky on some occasions, but neither under huge pressure overall. A completely different match now awaits them, as they surely meet a team with much better individual quality.
Inter did their job in the quarter-finals with the 2:0 victory in a one-legged game against the Spanish side Getafe. Goals from Lukaku and Eriksen made the difference, one in each halftime, while the guests missed a great chance via a penalty to level up the result fifteen minutes before the end.
During quite a balanced game regarding the ball possession, it was the Italians who looked slightly sharper with the ball to their feet, while the Spaniards did create many half-chances. Lack of competitive matches probably cost them in this one too much.
Aalesund was convincingly defeated in the last round, when they lost on the road to Sarpsborg, with a 4:0 result.
Surprisingly, considering the number of goals, all of them were scored in the second part. The guests had no solution for the aggressive play of the hosts, and their defense slowly began to crumble. As mentioned, they conceded four goals, two of which were from the penalty, for a very stressful defeat, which they surely want to forget as soon as possible.
Aalesund is at the bottom of the table, and if they don’t do something about their appearances, a difficult relegation battle is a highly likely scenario for them.
Valerenga is coming to this one in a positive mood, as they were able to record an away win in the last round against Brann with 1:2. We don’t see these kinds of matches every day, as all three goals were scored from the penalty kicks.
The hosts took the lead first in the 9th minute over Barmen, while the equalizer was scored via Finne in the 31st minute, who proved to be very concentrated that day, as he scored another one in the 47th minute. If we exclude the penalties from this one, not many serious chances were seen in this encounter.
Valerenga is at 4th place, with the same amount of points as European placed Odd, and they will try to attack that third place in the matches to come.
Zenit continues with their good appearances, both in the Cup and in the Premier League, as they clinched the double crown two weeks ago. In the last match in the Cup’s finale against Khimki, they did just what it takes to record a 1:0 win.
After the first part, that went by in balance, and with a minimal number of chances, Zenit approached the second more offensively orientated. They were a more dangerous team and with the penalty in the 84th minute, which was executed by Dzyuba, they took yet another crown.
As for the Premier League, they finished the season with fifteen points more than Lokomotiv and are entering this one as favorites.
Hacken is coming to this one after an away defeat last Saturday afternoon against Djurgarden with 3:1, which is not a bad result at all, considering that they were completely outplayed in this match, especially in the first part.
They conceded two goals in the first forty-five minutes, but they did manage to score once in the 33rd minute over Walermark. The hosts scored once more in the continuation, in the 47th minute to be exact, and resolved the question of the winner in this one. Hacken had no concrete ideas on how to be more dangerous in the second part.
They are at the 5th place at the table, only three points behind European placed Elfsborg, so we can expect them to be more decisive in matches to come.