Round of 16 contenders Göteborg FC retained the Swedish Women's Cup with a 2-1 extra-time defeat of the side that has beaten them to Europe next season, Tyresö FF.
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Göteborg FC retained the Swedish Women's Cup by defeating the side that has beaten them to next season's UEFA Women's Champions League, Tyresö FF, 2-1 in extra time.
Marlene Sjöberg struck the winner from the spot with 13 minutes left to keep hold of the trophy Göteborg first lifted by overcoming Tyresö on penalties 12 months ago. It is a boost for Göteborg ahead of their European rematch – on 1 and 8 November – against the team they knocked out in the round of 16 last year, Denmark's Fortuna Hjørring.
Tyresö have ensured a UEFA competition debut for 2013/14 by clinching a top-two league finish alongside leaders WFC Malmö, but were behind after nine minutes when Göteborg's United States forward Christen Press picked up the ball inside the opposition half, got past left-back Karin Lissel and struck an unstoppable low shot into the far corner. Tyresö eventually shrugged off the early shock and started to assert themselves, Marta's shot from close range brilliantly kept out by the stretching leg of Kristin Hammarström.
The second half brought more Tyresö pressure and in the 66th minute Marta got the equaliser, assisted by Caroline Seger. The 1-1 scoreline stood until the final whistle and also after the first 15 minutes of extra time, but when Press went down following a challenge from Elaine, Sjöberg took full advantage of the ensuing penalty.
"I'm so proud of the whole team," said Göteborg's Johanna Almgren, whose side must lift the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy to return to Europe next season. "At times we were outplayed, but we showed a lot of heart and that's why we won."
For Tyresö it was the second costly defeat in less than a week. On Saturday they lost 2-0 in the Damallsvenskan to relegation-threatened Djurgårdens DFF and the next day title holders Malmö, who are matched with ASD CF Verona in the UEFA Women's Champions League, triumphed 1-0 at Göteborg to go five points clear with three games remaining.