KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg suffered a shock loss to Haugesund, while Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek were shut out at Aalesund over the weekend in Norway.
Haugesund 2 - 1 Rosenborg
In what should have been an easy win, the Troll Kids fell to relegation candidates Haugesund to end their three-game winning streak.
Haugesund should have scored early in the game when Torbjorn Agdestein was brought down in the area by Rosenborg defender Stefan Strandberg. However, Maic Sema failed to convert the penalty, sending it wide to the left.
The home side would get on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute when Daniel Bamberg slotted home the ball after taking a pass from Geir Ludvig Fevang. Haugesund would double their lead three minutes later, and it would be Sema who made up for the earlier penalty miss as he scored from close range.
Rosenborg tried desperately to get back into the game, but Haugesund goalkeeper Per Kristiansen was in top form, stopping several shots.
Kristiansen was unable to keep the clean sheet as Rosenborg got a goal back in the 80th minute from Tomas Malec.
Diskerud played the entire 90 minutes in a losing effort.
Rosenborg remain in third place in the standings, but are now only two points ahead of Lillestrom and Stromsgodset. Haugesund snapped their five-game losing streak with the win to pull themselves up to 13th place.
Aalesund 3 - 0 Stabaek
Bob Bradley's men found it hard to score at the weekend as they let in three goals by Aalesund at the Color Line Stadium.
After an uneventful first half Aalesund got things going in the 65th minute when Sakari Mattila scored off a free kick outside the box. The home side increased their lead in the 77th minute as Leke James headed in a goal from a cross.
Things went from bad to worse for Stabaek as they allowed Aalesund to score a third in the 82nd minute. A counterattack starting from the Blues Ones end of the field ended with Fredrik Ulvestad putting the ball past goalkeeper Mande Sayouba.
Stephens and Jacobson played a very quiet entire 90 minutes in the loss.
Stabaek now sit in ninth place in the standings, while Aalesund moved up to 10th.
Jeb Brovsky was not on the team as Stromsgodset snapped their three-game losing streak with an emphatic 4-0 win over Bodo/Glimt.