Gothia Cup

IFK Göteborg win SEF Trophy after penalty drama

IFK Göteborg - Djurgårdens IF 5–4 (0-0)

Local side IFK Göteborg played Stockholm team Djurgårdens IF in the SEF Trophy final at SKF Arena.

There was a lot of action on Heden as IFK battled it out with Djurården. The pace was high from the start and Djurgården started off on the front foot. About halfway through the first half a straight red card was given to Djurgården after a tough challenge. The free-kick was rolled under the wall and saved by the goalkeeper. With one player less, the balance shifted and the match was bouncing more between the two goals.

The second half continued much in the same attacking spirit. Both goalkeepers were having great games and denied any attacking opportunities. The sides could not be separated at fulltime and penalties were needed to decide the winner. After five penalties each it was 4–4 as both keepers saved a penalty each. IFK came out on top, winning 5–4.

IFK Göteborg captain Elvis Van Der Laan comments on the win.
– The feeling right now is unbelievable. To be honest we had no clue how the game would end and yeah, I can’t find the words right now. It is crazy, says Van Der Laan.

– We believe in our team and we believe in each other. The key to our success has been the fact that we worked together as a team, no matter if they were one player less or any other circumstances, we always worked as a team, he says.

The stands were full of IFK supporters who were chanting throughout the game.
– It is a joy to have them behind us, says Van Der Laan.