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Swedish title goes to the wire

Published: Saturday 31 October 2009, 0.58CET
IFK Göteborg host AIK Solna in the Swedish season's final game with the title on the line. "A final, a full house and the two greatest rivals. It's like Barcelona and Madrid," said AIK's Bojan Djordjic.
by Sujay Dutt
from Stockholm
Swedish title goes to the wire
AIK beat IFK 1-0 on 13 July ©www.jojjesplejs.com
Published: Saturday 31 October 2009, 0.58CET

Swedish title goes to the wire

IFK Göteborg host AIK Solna in the Swedish season's final game with the title on the line. "A final, a full house and the two greatest rivals. It's like Barcelona and Madrid," said AIK's Bojan Djordjic.

AIK Solna and IFK Göteborg head into their final-day showdown on Sunday separated by just one point at the Allsvenskan summit with AIK midfielder Bojan Djordjic suggesting the season finale has all the hallmarks of a FC Barcelona-Real Madrid CF fixture.

Tight at the top
AIK and IFK have alternated at the top of the Swedish top flight for much of the season and now head into the final round of the campaign knowing that winner takes all. Both teams only drew in midweek to leave matters perfectly poised for the season denouement. "A final, a full house and the two greatest rivals. It's like Barcelona and Real Madrid, or Manchester United and Liverpool," said the former United midfielder.

All or nothing
Djordjic and his team-mates know a point in Gothenburg will be sufficient for them to head back to the Swedish capital with their eleventh title in tow. For IFK, it is all or nothing. The 18-time champions have home advantage but must breach the tightest defence in the league – AIK have conceded just 19 times in 29 fixtures – if they are to win. Such a task appears easier, and matters spiced up yet further, by the fact the hosts are the division's most prolific side with 52 goals to their name.

Thinking ahead
Tobias Hysén is responsible for eighteen of those goals having added two more to his tally on Tuesday evening to help his side come from two down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Halmstads BK. "At half-time we thought we'd thrown away our pre-season and six months of league play," he said. "We probably had our minds on Sunday already. It's going to be fun!"

Cup final
AIK prevailed 1-0 over IFK on 13 July, while this weekend's losers will at least have an immediate chance for revenge when they meet again in the Swedish Cup final the following Saturday after the end of the league season. For now, Sunday's face-off has all the makings of a cup final in itself.

Last updated: 31/10/09 23.54CET

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