Malmo FF defeat defending champs to lift Swedish title


Wed, Oct 30, 2013 - Page 19

Malmo FF secured a 17th Swedish league title with a 2-0 win at defending champions IF Elfsborg on Monday thanks to a superb double from striker Guillermo Molins in stormy conditions.

Molins struck in the 36th and 70th minutes to hand Malmo a victory that puts them on 60 points with one game left, giving them an unassailable five-point lead over second-placed AIK of Stockhom. IFK Gothenburg are in third spot on 51 points.

Malmo’s triumph books them a place in the second qualifying round of next season’s UEFA Champions League, with AIK guaranteed a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.

The Allsvenskan’s final Europa League qualifying spot will go to either IFK or Helsingborgs IF, who are fourth on 49 points.

With Monday’s match under threat from a storm warning issued by the Swedish weather service, Malmo traveled to Boras, 55km east of Gothernburg, knowing a win would clinch the title.

They started brightly, peppering the Elfsborg goal with shots as Molins and Jiloan Hamad went close to breaking the deadlock in the pouring rain and gusting wind.

Molins finally put the visitors ahead before the break when he cut in from the left and smashed the ball into the top-left corner of the net in front of the ecstatic Malmo fans.

Molins, who only returned to the club in August after an injury-hit two years playing in Belgium and Spain, doubled the advantage with 20 minutes left by calmly chipping the ball home from a tight angle to wrap up the points and the title.