RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg increased their lead atop the Tippeligaen standings, while a late goal saved Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss.
Rosenborg Trondheim 2 - 1 Aalesund FK
In a match between two of the top three in the Tippeligaen standings, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg scored a late goal to beat Aalesund on Saturday.
Diskerud started in central midfield and went 82 minutes in the winning effort.
Aalesund came out of the gate as the more dangerous team, but a lack of precision with the final ball kept the away team from taking the lead. Rosenborg made Aalesund pay for not scoring by taking the lead in the 28th minute. Jonas Svensson sent a long pass from central midfield to put Tobais Mikkelsen behind the defense, and Mikkelsen snuck a shot underneath Aalesund goalkeeper Sten Grytebust.
That scoreline held until the 74th minute, when the away team equalized after taking control of the match. On a 32-yard free kick from the right wing, Jo Nymo Matland picked out Peter Orry Larsen in the middle of 18-yard box, and Larsen headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net.
With five minutes remaining and the match seeming to head toward a tie, substitute Nicki Bille Nielsen fired Rosenborg to a win. Coming in from the right wing, Nielsen dribbled around a few defenders to the center of the field and let a 22-yard shot fly into the back of the net.
After the win, Rosenborg increased its lead in the league to five points, and the Troll Kids return to action September 15 at Tromsø.
Tromsø IL 1 - 1 Hønefoss BK
A late goal gave Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss a point on Sunday at Tromsø.
Clark started in his usual spot as goalkeeper for Hønefoss, going the distance, while di Vita Jensen entered the match in the 76th minute.
Having not won a match since June, Tromsø looked to turn things around throughout the match, but Clark frustrated the home team on multiple occasions in the first half and early in the second half, with the help from the post at times.
Tromsø finally broke through in the 71st minute after a clearance of a deep pass into Hønefoss' half. In a two-on-one situation, Zdeněk Ondráek put Thomas Drage alone on net, and Drage beat a charging Clark.
The home team had the initiative from that point and almost made it to the finishing line before Hønefoss hit it on a quick strike to find a late equalizer. Two quick passes along the right wing allowed Riku Riski to get behind the defense, and the Finish striker placed a shot past Tromsø goalkeeper Benny Lekström to the near post.
With the tie, Hønefoss dropped into 15th place, a direct-relegation position. The team returns to action on September 15 against Start.