Earlier this week we saw the first Stockholm derby match of the 2016 Allsvenskan season as Djurgården meet Hammarby at Tele2 Arena. Djurgården has a derby curse going on at the moment. Their last victory in a Stockholm derby match is way back in 2011. They were not able to break it in this match and lost 3-1 to Hammarby in front of 24,900 supporters.
Having lost this derby it means that Djurgården has yet to win a derby at either Tele2 Arena or Friends Arena. That certainly feels like a long time. But it’s not all gloom and doom for Djurgården, even with this loss they remain at the top of the table. Tied with Norrköping and Jönköping, but with a better goal differential.
Djurgården was missing Kevin Walker, and his absence was certainly felt as they lacked creativity. Sam Johnson was sharp, he gave them the equalizer in the first half. His fourth goal this season. Meanwhile new signing Mathias Ranégie did not impress and struggled throughout the match.
On Hammarby’s side, Alex continues to impress. He scored the opener and then brought Hammarby back into the lead after Johnson’s equalizer. It’s incredible that Hammarby signed him on a free transfer. Erik Israelsson also continued his fine form. He signed the 3-1 goal which essentially killed the game and right when Djurgården was pressing hard hoping to again equalize. Knocked the air right out of them.
This week sees both Djurgården and Hammarby with interesting ties. Djurgården is away to Malmö. While Hammarby will meet Jönköping here in Stockholm.
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