RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Brian Edwards and Degerfors avoided the Superettan relegation playoff with a win at Trelleborgs while Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborg ended the season with a disappointing draw at Gefle.
Gefle IF 2 - 2 Helsingborgs IF
Alejandro Bedoya played the full 90 minutes in what was perhaps his final game in the Helsingborg uniform, as the team wasted a halftime lead over Gefle and were forced to settle for the point.
Gefle were first on the scoreboard, taking advantage when a poor clearance by Pär Hansson was headed back into the penalty area by Daniel Bernhardsson, allowing Jakob Orlov to neatly put the ball inside the right upright.
Helsingborg equalized seven minutes after the half-hour, as a cross by May Mahlangu took a lucky deflection off of a Gefle defender and landed directly at the foot of Matthias Lindström for an unstoppable volley.
The visitors then took the lead six minutes later after a long throw-in by Christoffer Andersson was extended into the box by Peter Larsson, in perfect position for Nikola Djurdjic to make an easy finish for 2-1.
The second half devolved into a drab, sloppy affair, although Gefle were able to net a late equalizer, with Jonas Lantto aiming his shot from the right side just inside the far post.
With the draw, Helsingborg finish the Allsvenskan season in sixth place, having dropped behind IFK Norrköping. They are still not finished playing for the season, as they have three more group-stage games left in the Europa League, the first of these being on Thursday in Hannover, and a Nov. 11 Swedish Cup visit to lower-league Hovslätts IK.
Trelleborgs FF 0 - 2 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards and Degerfors dodged a major bullet on Saturday, with their second road win of the season both dooming Trelleborgs to life in the third tier while securing their continued place in the Superettan.
Edwards and his compatriots entered the game knowing that only a win over their fellow relegation strugglers combined with a loss by Falkenbergs would allow them to climb out of the relegation playoff spot.
While their own game lacked he dramatics of Falkenberg's simultaneous loss at Södra, the team's elation at surviving a difficult season was not at all dampened.
They needed 25 minutes to net the ultimate winning goal, with Erik Nilsson picking out Christopher Brandeborn just outside the top of the area. Brandeborn immediately stormed into the box and unleashed a shot that just cleared the underside of the crossbar for the 1-0 lead.
From that point onwards, Degerfors played it cool, forcing a desperate Trelleborg team to push forward and leave dangerous openings in their own defensive end of the field.
This tack finally paid off with ten minutes on the clock, when Amadaiya Rennie was left too much space to advance through the middle and pick out Alexander Anderson for an easy finish on the insurance goal.
The result pushed unfortunate Trelleborg into one of the two automatic relegation spots, while pushing Degerfors completely to safety to end the season.
Halmstads BK 1 - 1 Landskrona BoIS
Ryan Miller and Halmstad had one last chance to prepare for their upcoming promotion playoff, failing to hold a first-half lead in their home draw against Landskrona BoIS on Sunday.
Miller started at right back as usual for the club, playing the full 90 minutes.
Halmstad took a lead two minutes past the half-hour, with Gudjon Baldvinsson hitting from close-range after some nice set-up work by Johnny Lundberg.
The lead held until the final minutes of the contest, with Landskrona clawing their way to a point after Frederik Liverstram put the ball away after Halmstad failed to clear out a corner in the 79th minute.
Halmstadt had a final chance to score a late winner when they were awarded a penalty, however Baldvinsson's shot was saved by Landskrona keeper Niklas Uddenäs to preserve the draw.
The team finished third in the standings, and will now play GIF Sundsvall on November 10 and 15 for the right to play in the top level next season.
Baggio Husidic did not suit up for Hammarby on Saturday, as they ended Gregg Berhalter's first season in charge of the club with a 0-0 draw at Östers Växjö and a fourth-place league finish.
Patrick Hopkins is out for Ljungskile after undergoing shoulder surgery while Matt Pydrowzski is recovering from a concussion and unable to play for Ängelholms, meaning neither took part in the 1-1 draw between these two teams on Saturday.