RECAP: MONDAY NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg couldn't find a way to break down 10-man Molde, while Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss picked up a win.
Rosenborg Trondheim 0 - 0 Molde FK
Despite having a man advantage for 70 minutes, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg couldn't break through Molde's defense and had to settle for a tie on Monday.
Diskerud started and played 63 minutes as a central attacking midfielder for Rosenborg, while Josh Gatt didn't dress for Molde.
Rosenborg had a couple of good chances in the opening minutes, one of which came to Diskerud. The American central midfielder received a pass from Nicki Bille Nielsen to get him between defenders in the box, but goalkeeper came charging out and stopped the shot.
In serious need of a win, Molde's chances of stealing three points on the road took a huge hit when the referee showed right back Martin Linnes a straight red card in the 20th minute. Nielsen was on a break, and Linnes seemed to take down Nielsen.
It was mostly one-way traffic from there, but Molde held strong for the rest of the match. Rosenborg came close in the 82nd minute, when it looked like Nielsen had headed in the opening goal, but he actually palmed it into the net and received a yellow card.
Rosenborg held onto second place in the Tippeligaen with the tie, while Molde didn't move from the bottom spot in the standings. Both teams return to action on Saturday, with Molde hosting Hønefoss and Rosenborg travelling to Vålerenga.
Hønefoss BK 1 - 0 Lillestrøm SK
Clark started and went the distance in net, while di Vita Jensen came on in the 33rd minute for Hønefoss because of an injury to Tor Øyvind Hovda and left two minutes into stoppage time.
Coming out of halftime, Hønefoss got the opening goal. Riku Riski left a back heel pass for Mats Andre Kaland, who, after a dribble to his left to create some space, curled a 16-yard shot into the back of the net.
The goal seemed to spurn on the home team, as Hønefoss poured forward. The team had multiple chances, starting when Mikkel Vendelbo picked off a pass in Lillestrøm and sent in a shot from distance that forced goalkeeper Jacob Faye-Lund to palm it away just one minute later. Then, in the 60th minute, di Vita Jensen stole the ball in the 16-yard box before passing to Riski, who found Vendelbo. The Dane had a wide-open net but fired his shot into the crossbar.
Both teams traded chances back and forth after that, but because of the goalkeepers and a little help from the posts and crossbars, neither team scored again.
With the win, Hønefoss jumped into ninth place. The team returns to action on Saturday against Molde.
Sandefjord Fotball 3 - 1 Vard Haugesund
Sandefjord used a dominating first half to rout Anthony Avalos and Vard on Monday.
Avalos started at his natural position on the right wing and played 82 minutes for Vard.
Things went south early for Vard, as Sandefjord scored the first goal in the eighth minute. Eirik Lamøy came charging in from the left wing before passing back to Tom Skogsrud, who put his shot into the lower left corner of the net.
In the 19th minute, Sandefjord doubled its lead through a Cheikhou Dieng goal. Vard goalkeeper Helge Sandvik stopped a ball deep in his own box but couldn't control it, sending it to Kjell Rune Sellin. Sellin passed to a wide-open Dieng, who slotted home from 12-yards out.
Sandefjord capped off the explosive first half with a goal in the 35th minute. A Vard defender blocked a Dieng shot, and the rebound ended up with Kristian Brix. Brix then fired the shot into the top left corner of the net.
The match calmed down in the second half, and it took until the 83rd minute for Vard to pull one back. Vetledalen Myhre connected on a through ball and sent a shot on net, only for it to be stopped. The rebound ended up with Myhre, and he bundled it into the back of the net.
With the loss, Vard dropped into 14th place. The team returns to action on Thursday in a makeup match against Kongsvinger.
Hamarkameratene 0 - 0 FK Bodø/Glimt
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt's match against Hamarkameratene on Monday ended in a stalemate.
Valentin started and went the distance at right back once again for Bodø/Glimt.
While neither team came close to breaking open the scoreless draw, each team controlled one half. Bodoø/Glimt looked livelier in the first 45 minutes, and HamKam seemed to be more in control during the second half. Still, nobody could find the back of the net.
With the tie, Bodø/Glimt dropped into third place. The team returns to action on Sunday against Kristiansund.
Rhett Bernstein made Mjøndalen's bench in Monday's 3-0 loss to Bryne.