Umea IK win the UEFA Women’s Cup
Swedish side Umea IK won the UEFA Women’s Cup for the first time in their history by beating Danish side Fortuna Hjörring 3-0 in the return, away leg of the Final. That win secured a 7-1 aggregate victory. Goals from Malin Moström (3’, penalty), Laura Kalmari (36’) and Hanna Ljungberg (71’) also meant the second leg was never more than a formality for the jubilant champions.
Away leg delight
In truth, the Swedes had done most of the hard work two weeks earlier, when they played hosts and won 4-1 in front of a record crowd of 7,600 fans. Swedish international Hanna Ljungberg put in a veritable one-woman show that night, scoring two and creating two to give her side a virtually unassailable lead for the second match.
Fortuna: hopes extinguished
Fortuna obviously entertained hopes of pulling off a home upset in the second game, but after all of three minutes Ljungberg was their undoing yet again. She caused typical havoc in the penalty area before being hauled down and referee Wendy Toms duly pointed to the spot. It was another international, Malin Moström who put Umea 1-0 up on the night.
The Danes kept their heads up and could have scored when Lene Madsen got her head on the end of a Marian Gajhede cross, but her effort flew wide.
Umea show no mercy
Umea were on the ascendancy for the rest of the half, and veteran keeper Dorthe Larsen had to be at her best to keep out an Anna Sjöström shot. In the 34th minute Larsen was helpless to prevent Laura Kalmari from finishing from the edge of the box to make it two.Fortuna came out fighting again after the break, and Sharon Black could have pulled one back had Sofia Lundgren not blocked the low shot with her legs.
Ljungberg takes the plaudits
Umea had their fair share of chances in the second period too, most notably the one that fell to Sofia Eriksson who beat Dorthe Larsen all ends up with her shot in the 70th minute but also missed the target. Umea put the final nail in Fortuna’s coffin when Ljungberg, of course, made it 3-0.
So after losing in last year’s final to FFC Frankfurt 0-2, the Swedes have climbed onto the highest pedestal in European club football. After beating their defeaters of the previous year in the semis and tenacious Toulouse in the quarter finals, nobody can begrudge them their ultimate crown.