MATHEW WAGNER - Sunday, August 26, 2012
Josh Gatt helped fire Molde to the top of the Norwegian standings, while Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen bumped up its chances of promotion with a win.
Hønefoss BK 0 - 1 Tromsø IL
Another late goal downed Hønefoss against Tromsø Sunday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark went the full 90 minutes in net for Hønefoss, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen didn't make the bench.
Of the two teams, Hønefoss looked the more dangerous on the attack in the first half, but neither team had many chances to score.
Tromsø woke up offensively in the second half, culminating with the game-winning goal in the 84th minute. Remi Johansen picked up a Hønefoss clearance from the right side of the 18-yard box before firing into the opposite side netting.
After that, Hønefoss pressed to get the tie, but the away team held on for the win.
With the loss, Hønefoss dropped to eighth place in the Tippeligaen with 29 points. The team returns to action Sunday at Aalesund.
Molde FK 2 - 0 Vålerenga Oslo
Defending champion Molde returned to the top of the Tippeligaen standings with its win over Vålerenga Sunday.
American winger Josh Gatt started and played 62 minutes for Molde, while American forward Chad Barrett started and played 64 minutes for Vålerenga.
Molde jumped out to an early lead that it never relinquished, thanks to Gatt and Davy Claude Angan. In the third minute, Magnus Wolff Eikrem flicked a pass from the halfway line and over the Vålerenga center backs. Gatt outran the defenders to the ball before sliding his shot past Lars Hirschfeld.
In the 12th minute, Angan doubled Molde's lead. The Ivorian picked up a long pass from Pape Diouf on the left wing, dribbled into the box and from 10 yards out shot into the back of the net.
Vålerenga recovered a little after the disastrous start, but the team couldn't convert three great chances. Molde took a two-goal lead into halftime.
The second half lacked the fireworks of the first, and Molde held on for the win.
With the win and a Strømgodset tie, Molde moved into first place in Norway, leading by one point. The team returns to action Thursday against Heerenveen in the second leg of its Europa League qualification encounter.
Rosenborg Trondheim 1 - 1 Viking Stavanger
Rosenborg extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games but lost points on the league leaders with its tie against Viking.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud started and played the full 90 minutes in central midfield for Rosenborg.
Rosenborg controlled possession for most of the half, but it was the away team that took a one-goal lead into halftime. In the 41st minute, Vidar Nisja sent a shot from 30 yards out that somehow went through Rosenborg goalkeeper Daniel Örlund's fingers and into the net.
During the entire second half, Rosenborg through the kitchen sink at Viking, looking to get that game-tying goal. The team got it in the fourth minute of stoppage time, when captain Mikael Dorsin slammed home a shot from six yards out.
With the tie, Rosenborg still sits in third place, four points behind title rival Molde. The team returns to action Thursday against Legia in the second leg of its Europa League qualification matchup.
Bærum SK 1 - 2 IL Hødd
Bærum's hopes of survival took yet another hit with the team's loss to Hødd Sunday.
American defender Sebastian Troupe played the entire game at right back for Bærum.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the first half but were unable to convert, leaving the game scoreless at halftime.
Hødd ended the game's scoring drought in the 66th minute. Michael Karlsen's rebound landed at Kjell Rune Sellin's feet, and Sellin put the ball into the net.
Hødd doubled its lead in the 73rd minute, with Andreas Rekdal finishing off a counterattack with an 18-yard strike.
Bærum's Thomas Larsen made things interesting in the 78th minute, when he curled an 18-yard shot into opposite corner of the net, but Hødd was able to hold on for the win.
With the loss, Bærum continues to occupy last place in the Adeccoligaen. The team returns to action Sunday against Start.
Kongsvinger IL 0 - 2 Mjøndalen IF
Mjøndalen took further strides in its promotion fight with the team's win over Kongsvinger Sunday.
American defender duo Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein started and played the full 90 minutes at right back and center back, respectively.
After an evenly-matched affair for most of the first half, Erik Midtgarden gave Mjøndalen the lead in the 40th minute. Inside the 18-yard box, he slotted home a shot past Kongsvinger goalkeeper Elias Valderhaug.
The second half saw both teams with a few chances, but Helton put the game away in the 58th minute. The American ran past the Kongsvinger defense and lobbed a shot over Valderhaug for the goal.
From there, Mjøndalen held on for three points.
With the win, Mjøndalen jumped into fourth place in the Adeccoligaen, five points behind Sarpsborg for the last automatic promotion spot. The team returns to action Sunday against Bodø/Glimt.
American defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Stabæk in 4-1 loss to Haugesund Sunday, as he recovers from a minor hip injury.