RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt and Molde held onto first place in the Tippeligaen, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg saw its chances at a league title and Champions League qualifying take a huge blow.
Tromsø IL 1 - 1 Molde FK
Josh Gatt played the final 36 minutes for Molde but couldn't stop Tromsø from getting a late goal to tie the match Saturday.
The American winger also earned his fourth yellow card of the season in the 79th minute.
With a three-point lead atop the Tippeligaen standings, the defending Norwegian champions played as though they could clinch the league championship in the first half. Molde dominated fourth place Tromsø, creating about five goal-scoring chances in the first 45 minutes.
Despite its domination, Molde's only goal came through an error by Tromsø goalkeeper Benny Lekström in the fourth minute. Lekström hit a back pass forward, sending it straight to Molde's Daniel Chukwu Chima just outside the 18-yard box. With the goalkeeper out of position, Chima easily placed the ball into the wide-open net.
It seemed as though Lekström was determined to make up for that mistake, making multiple quality saves on shots from Matias Moström and Jo Inge Berget to keep the match tied at halftime.
Molde would rue those missed opportunities in the second half, with the home team taking it to Molde. Tromsø searched for an equalizer and found it in the 77th minute. Magnus Andersen sent in a cross from the right wing that went across the box to Aleksandar Prijovic, who slotted home from about 12 yards out.
Because of the tie, Molde saw its lead drop to one point over Strømsgodset. The team returns to action against Hønefoss next Sunday.
Hønefoss BK 1 - 1 Sandnes Ulf
Steve Clark and Hønefoss gave up another late goal to Sandnes Ulf Sunday, extending its winless streak to 11 matches.
After a goalless first half, Hønefoss took the lead in the first minute of the second half. Kevin Larsen sent a cross to Heiner Mora on the opposite side of the 18-yard box, and Mora fired a rocket past Sandnes Ulf goalkeeper Sean McDermott.
Hønefoss seemed to end its winless streak and to clinch another season in the Tippeligaen, but as has been customary over this winless streak, the team allowed a late goal to the opposing team.
In the 80th minute, captain Frode Lafton felled Tommy Høiland in the box, and after being forced to attempt it twice, Aksel Berget Skjølsvik converted the penalty.
With the tie, Hønefoss sits in 12th place, five points in safety. The team returns to action next Sunday against Molde.
Strømsgodset IF 2 - 1 Rosenborg
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg's title hopes took a huge hit, allowing two unanswered goals late to Strømsgodset Sunday.
The American midfielder played 89 minutes in the losing effort.
All the fireworks in the match occurred in the second half, starting in the 64th minute. Rade Prica received a pass from Borek Dockal and sent wonder strike from just inside the 18-yard box by Strømsgodset goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey.
Rosenborg played lax immediately following the goal, and it cost the team dearly. In the 67th minute, Strømsgodset equalized through an Ola Kamara goal. Stefan Johansen sent a low pass behind the Rosenborg defense, and Kamara drilled the volley into the back of the net.
Rosenborg had a chance to score after that, when Prica stole a back pass from a Strømsgodset defender. He dribbled around the goalkeeper, but his shot was well wide.
In the 76th minute, Rosenborg would come to regret that missed opportunity. Strømsgodset substitute Peter Kovacs headed the deep corner from Stefan Johansen and squeaked it into the left side of the net.
Rosenborg couldn't create an equalizer and lost. The team dropped into third place, four points behind Molde with two matches to go, and it returns to action next Sunday against Fredrikstad.
Ham Kam 2 - 1 Ullensaker/Kisa IL
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa gave up two unanswered goals in the second half in Sunday's loss to Hamarkameratene.
Ullensaker/Kisa took a lead in the 18th minute through a Steevan Humberto Dos Santos goal. Dos Santos rose above the rest and met a Truls Jørstad corner, putting the ball into the back of the net.
After that, Ullensaker/Kisa dropped back, willing to sit back and use the counterattack to create chances. The plan worked until the 71st minute, when Hamarkameratene captain John Anders Rise tied the match.
Emil Sildnes scored the match-winner for Hamarkameratene three minutes later, heading in a cross from the right wing by Christer Jensen. Ullensaker/Kisa couldn't find an answer after that.
Despite the loss, Ullensaker/Kisa holds onto the final promotion playoff spot by one point, and the team plays its last match of the season against Bryne Sunday.
Bryne FK 2 - 2 Mjøndalen IF
Returning to the starting lineup, Rhett Bernstein helped Mjøndalen secure a home match in the promotion playoffs with a tie at Bryne Sunday.
Fellow American Kyle Helton and two others were rested after a game Wednesday, and with a spot in the promotion playoffs already locked up, Bernstein was given the opportunity to start for the first time since October 7.
Needing the points in the relegation fight, Bryne came out firing, and it finally got the goal it was searching for in the 28th minute. Sverre Larsen picked up a clearance from a free kick and drilled the ball into the net from 20 yards away.
That lead didn't last long, however, as Benjamin Stokke put away a Joachim Solberg corner in the 32nd minute. Bryne goalkeeper Anders Kristiansen was trapped inside the six-yard box, and Stokke made the Bryne defense pay for not clearing out the ball.
After coming out of halftime tied, Mjøndalen took the lead in the 65th minute. Erik Midtgarden saw that the defenders gave him a lot of space, and he fired a 19-yard shot into the back of the net.
Bryne frankly searched for an equalizer and got it in the 79th minute, with the substitute Geir André Herrem finding the back of the net.
From there, Mjøndalen held on for the tie. Mjøndalen clinched fourth place with the point, and the team finishes the Adeccoligaen season Sunday against Hamarkameratene.
Bӕrum SK 2 - 2 Ranheim IL
Although already relegated, Sebastian Troupe and Bӕrum continued its hot end to life in the Adeccoligaen with a tie against promotion-seeking Ranheim Sunday.
Troupe and Co. had their fate sealed two weeks ago, but they started the match as though they were the team going for promotion. In the third minute, Mounir El-Masrouri chipped a pass over the Ranheim back four to Erblin Llullaku, who beat goalkeeper Even Barli one-on-one.
It took the away team a little time to recover, culminating in a goal in the 28th minute. Fredrik Midtsjø found himself free inside the 18-yard box and passed to Daniel Krogstad, who scored.
Ranheim dominated the match from there and took the 58th minute, when Gjermund Åsen converted a penalty after Are Tronseth was taken down in the box.
Just when Ranheim thought that it had the match in hand, Bӕrum shocked the away team with an equalizer. Bӕrum captain Andreas Aalbu shot from 20 yards out through the Ranheim defenders and into the back of the net.
After the goal, Ranheim poured forward for a goal, but the Bӕrum defense held strong. With the tie, Bӕrum still sits in 14th place, and Bӕrum ends its one season in the Adeccoligaen next Sunday against Sandefjord.
Chad Barrett will hope to feature for Vålerenga against Sogndal Monday.
Brendan King played the final eight minutes in Alta's 1-0 loss to Strømmen Sunday.
Villyen Bijev made Start's bench but did not play in the team's 3-0 over Kongsvinger Sunday.