RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
In the return of Tippeligaen action, Josh Gatt and Molde got a late goal to steal a point, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg closed the gap on Strømsgodset.
Valerenga Oslo 3 - 3 Molde FK
Josh Gatt and Molde scored a late goal to steal a crucial point at Valerenga on Saturday.
The American winger started at right wing and went the distance for the sixth time this season.
The opening few minutes foreshadowed the offensive fireworks to come, as both teams had multiple chances to score in the first 10 minutes.
In the 10th minute, Valerenga capitalized on chance to take the lead. Diego Calvo sent in a cross from the left wing that went through the box untouched to Morten Berre, who, charging into the middle of the 18-yard box, placed a 10-yard header into the net.
The goal gave Valerenga the confidence to go forward and double its lead, but the focus on scoring again allowed Molde to go on the counterattack. On one such counter in the 28th minute, Molde found the equalizer. Dribbling in the middle of the field, Gatt lost control, but teammate Jo Inge Berget came up and hammered a shot from just outside the box into the back of the net with the help of a deflection.
In the 40th minute, Berget set up another Molde goal by Martin Linnes. Berget had fallen onto the ground but still held possession before finding Linnes, who squeaked a low shot into the far left side of the net.
Molde kept that lead into halftime, but Valerenga tied and retook the lead within a three-minute span early in the second half. Jan Gunnar Solli outran everyone to Andre Muri's long ball, took a dribble around Molde goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland and found the back of the net in the 57th minute.
Then, in the 59th minute, Solli curled in a cross from the top left side of the box, which carried over Nyland. Berre rose up and headed home the corss.
That scoreline held until the first minute of stoppage time, when Brazilian substitute Agnaldo received a pass at the top of the box and placed a shot into the lower right corner of the box. With the goal, Molde got the tie.
Molde held onto 15th place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action next Saturday against Sarpsborg 08.
Rosenborg Trondheim 1 - 0 Strømsgodset Drammen
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg pulled three points back on league-leader Strømsgodset when the two teams played on Saturday.
Diskerud started and played 78 minutes in central midfield for the Troll Kids.
Rosenborg created the majority of the chances in the first half, yet it took until the 44th minute for the home team to break through with the first goal. Jonas Svensson used a long ball to give Mike Jensen an acute angle at net. The Dane slipped his shot underneath the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Despite multiple chances by both teams in the second half, Jensen's proved to be the match winner. With the win, Rosenborg pulled to within two points behind Strømsgodset on top of the Tippeligaen standings, and the team returns to action next Sunday at Viking.
Hønefoss BK 1 - 1 Odd Grenland Skien
Steve Clark and Hønefoss recorded a point at home against Odd on Sudnay.
Clark started at goalkeeper for the Hønefoss as he has all season.
After a scoreless first half, both teams combined to score early in the first half. Hønefoss struck first in the 48th minute through Alexander Mathisen, who played for the first since getting food poisoning before the 2012 season. Toni Kolehmanien took a through pass in the box and set up Mathisen with Mathisen needing to direct the ball past the goalkeeper.
Hønefoss kept the lead until the referee gave a controversial penalty decision in the 61st minute. Hønefoss defender Adem Güven seemed to take down Kristian Örn Sigurdsson in the box, and Herolind Shala converted the penalty.
Neither team could find the match-winning goal in the final 30 minutes, settling for a tie. Hønefoss stayed in 11th place, and the team returns to action next Saturday at Sogndal.
Kongsvinger 1 - 4 FK Bodø/Glimt
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt routed Kongsvinger on Saturday to increase their unbeaten streak to nine matches.
Valentin manned his usual right back spot for the Adeccoligaen leading team, playing the full 90 minutes.
Bodø/Glimt took Kongsvinger by surprise early, scoring two goals in quick succession before 15 minutes elapsed. First, in the 11th minute, Papa Alioune Ndiaye curled in a shot from 22 yards away to score the opener, and then, in the 13th minute, Ibba Laajab finished off a combination play between him and Dane Richards on the left side to score the second.
Kongsvinger recovered from the two goals in the 23rd minute, when Martin Ellingsen took a rather unthreatening attack and scored from distance.
The scoreline held until the 70th minute, when Bodø/Glimt increased the lead back to two through a Jim Johansen goal, and after the home team's Henry Shindika received a red card in the 90th minute, Laajab added the final goal. Three players collided in the fourth minute of stoppage time, and Laajab scored into a wide-open net.
With the win, Bodø/Glimt took the Adeccoligaen lead outright, although it has a match in-hand. The team returns to action Sunday at Ranheim.
Mjøndalen IF 2 - 1 Vard Haugesund
Rhett Bernstien and Mjøndalen dominated Anthony Avalos and Vard on Sunday to get the win.
Bernstein started and played the full 90 minutes at center back for Mjøndalen, while Avalos played the final five minutes for Vard.
Although Mjøndalen had the upper hand from the start, it took until the 41st minute for the home team to take the lead. Bernstein headed a corner on net, only for Vard goalkeeper Helge Sandvik to block it. The rebound went to Bjarne Ingebretsen, who made Sandvik pay for not controlling the ball.
On the other side of halftime, Ingebretsen doubled his team's lead in the 50th minute. Joachim Solberg Olsen sent in a pass from the left wing, putting Ingebretsen behind the Vard defense and the goal.
Vard pulled a goal back in the 90th minute, when Alexander Stølås scored off a 19-yard free kick, but it proved to be too little, too late for the away team to get a point. Mjøndalen stayed in 11th place and will return to action next Sunday against Ullensaker/Kisa. Vard couldn't move up from 14th place and will return to action next Sunday against Elverum.