Important points were at stake when Örebro SK hosted Degerfors IF at Behrn Arena on Monday night. Nästjumbon was looking for a victory to keep the hope of the Allsvenskan game 2022 alive. Before the match, the distance was nine points up to Degerfors in the negative qualifying place.
– We have to win today. The train goes otherwise, Örebro player Nordin Gerzic told Discovery + before the match against Degerfors, who in turn was looking for points to get past Halmstad and up on safe ground again.
New ÖSK coach Marcus Lantz once again chose to pattern a back line, while stars Jiloan Hamad and Nahir Besara started in central midfield. Degerfors came into the game with Victor Edvardsen and Nikola Djurdjic who both missed the last match against Halmstad.
The match was just over five minutes old when Örebro was forced to an early change, this when Martin Broberg left the field with a wrapped knee. The forward was replaced by David Seger.
After an even match start, Degerfors took over more and more of the game – and after just over 25 minutes played, the lead goal came. Victor Edvardsen entered the penalty area and placed 0-1 at the far post. Edvardsen chose to celebrate in front of the ÖSK heel on the short side, who responded by throwing various objects at the DIF forward.
Degerfors was the better team in the first half, and shortly after Edvardsen’s full hit, the visitors extended the lead. Abdelrahman Saidi won the ball outside the penalty area and fired a shot that guided Nasiru Moro into goal.
0-2 – a result that stood until the break. And when the ÖSK players walked into the locker room, they were booed out by the home crowd.
– We start completely okay and get some pressure, then they manage to play out and our pressure does not bite. We make individual mistakes on the goals. The second goal is 100 percent in the middle. It must not happen, horrible. It does not hold at this level, says Johan Mårtensson to Discovery + during the break.
Abdelrahman Saidi was pleased with Degerfors’ effort in the first half.
– We drive over them. We play our game, we play with them. We do our thing, he says to Discovery +, and describes his 0-2 goal.
– We take the ball back as we have said. I just thought I would turn around and shoot. Wonderful feeling when it went in.
Örebro played in the second half and created several good chances to reduce. With just over a quarter of an hour left to play, ÖSK had double chances to push the ball into the net – but Alfie Whiteman in the Degerfors goal accounted for two qualified saves.
Örebro continued to press and in the final stages of the match, Agon Mehmeti reduced by a long shot, but the home team did not come closer than that. Degerfors finally defeated Örebro 2-1 at Behrn Arena and thus gets past both Halmstad and Mjällby on safe ground in the table.
For ÖSK, the situation is becoming increasingly precarious in the Allsvenskan. With six rounds left to play, the team has ten points up to the qualifiers.
– We talked before the match that all the pressure was on them. It was a bit shaky at first, but we grew into it and got our game started. Then came the 1-0 goal and then it takes a lot for them to turn around. We fought to the last and managed to persevere, says Victor Edvardsen, who scored his twelfth goal of the season, to Discovery + after the match.
The away section at Behrn Arena was full of Degerfors supporters, something that the shooting king appreciated.
– It’s beautiful to see so many red and whites here. We get to win a second derby and hopefully kick them down in the Superettan, says Edvardsen to Discovery +.
Örebro: Allain – Almebäck, Moro, Skovgaard – Björnkvist, Besara, Mårtensson, Hamad, Hjertstrand – Broberg, Friday.
Degerfors: Whiteman – Sabetkar, Ekroth, Ohlsson – Lindell, Carlén, Gravius, Lindahl – Djurdjic, Edvardsen, Saidi.