MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, October 28, 2013
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg's Tippeligaen title hopes took a huge hit, while Steve Clark and Hønefoss didn't help their survival chances this weekend.
Molde FK 1 - 0 Rosenborg Trondheim
A late goal sunk Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg at Molde on Saturday, putting their dreams of claiming the franchise's 23rd Norwegian title in serious trouble.
Diskerud started and went the distance in central midfield for Rosenborg.
Rosenborg came out and had the better opportunities to score, the best of which occurred in the 11th minute. Alexander Søderlund got behind the defense and had a one-on-one situation, but Molde goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland won and kept the ball out of the net.
With the match tied coming out of halftime, the two teams took a couple of shots at taking the lead. The Troll Kids had the first chance five minutes into the second half when Nicki Bille Nielsen's shot went just wide of the net. Molde's Jo Inget Berget put himself behind the Rosenborg defense minutes later, but he couldn't find the back of the net.
Molde grew as the second half continued, and Berget had yet another chance in the 69th minute. His shot got past Rosenborg goalkeeper Daniel Örlund but deflected off the post.
Then, in the 80th minute, Molde finally broke through on a penalty. A Rosenborg defender felled Berget in the 18-yard box, and Magne Hoset stepped up to convert the penalty and give his team the win.
With the loss, Rosenborg dropped to three points behind leader Strømsgodset with two matches to go. The Troll Kids will play their home finale next Sunday against Viking.
Brann Bergen 0 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Despite taking it to Brann on the road, Steve Clark and Hønefoss settled for one point on Sunday to keep themselves alive in the race for survival.
Clark started and went the distance in net for Hønefoss, posting the shutout.
It was the man on the other side, Jørgen Mohus, who really kept the match to a scoreless draw. Hønefoss had multiple great goal-scoring opportunities, only to have Mohus come up big and thwart each one.
One of those opportunities came in the 34th minute with Hønefoss' Riku Riski finding himself alone on net because of a through ball, but the Finnish striker could outwit Mohus, Riski's shot going off Mohus' left leg before going behind for a corner.
With the tie, Hønefoss continues to occupy the bottom spot in the Tippeligaen standings, but the team sits just two points away from the relegation playoff position and four points away from safety with two matches to go. The team returns to action next Sunday against Sogndal.