MATHEW WAGNER - Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg clinched a spot in the Norwegian Cup semifinals following a goal in second half stoppage time against Valerenga on Wednesday.
Diskerud went the distance for Rosenborg, playing much of the first half as a forward before playing most of the second half as a deep-lying central midfielder.
The two teams played a scoreless tie last Saturday, and the cup match seemed to continue that trend, especially in the first half. Rosenborg created a chance or two, but neither team really threatened on goal.
Things didn't get interesting until late in the second half, when the goals started coming. Rosenborg opened the scoring in the 78th minute through Alexander Søderlund. The winger received a pass from Tobias Mikkelsen, who centered from along the goal line, and Søderlund slotted home from 16 yards.
Valerenga didn't go away and managed to equalize in the 88th minute. With Diskerud off the field having picked up a minor injury, Valerenga took advantage of being a man up, as Daniel Fredheim Holm headed a cross back into the center of the box. An unmarked Torgeir Børven headed the centering ball into the back of the net.
Just when it seemed that the teams were destined to play extra time, Rosenborg found the winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time. Mikael Dorsin sent in a cross from the left wing, and Nicki Bille Nielsen rose up between two defenders and headed the ball in for the goal.
With the win, Rosenborg will face Haugesund in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup on Sunday.