KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Rhett Bernstein came out ahead an all-yank battle for the chance to reach Norway's top flight.
In the battle of two Americans helping their respective teams in the pursuit of promotion to Norway's Tippeligaen next season, Rhett Bernstein's Mjondalen got the upper hand on Bobby Warshaw's Baerum 4-1 Mjøndalen Stadium over the weekend.
The win for Mjondalen now moves the one step closer to the chance of playing in the country's top division.
It was a tightly contested affair that would have had the neutral fan on the edge of their seats.
The game was scoreless for a majority of the time until Baerum's Kristoffer Tollas put the ball in the back of the net. A cross from teammate Tokmac Nguen found Tollas in the box and he just got past the goalkeeper.
It seemed as though Baerum were on their way to the win a spot in the promotion playoff final until tragedy struck in stoppage time. A cross into the box by Mjondalen only caused confusion amongst the Baerum defense. An initial shot was deflected in by goalkeeper Grzegorz Flasza to level the score.
With the score tied, both teams would head into extra time looking to gain the upper hand.
It would be the host that would continue their strong attacking run. Baerum defense would fail them again and forward Magnus Olsen would make them pay for it in the 108th minute as he fired in a shot to give Mjondalen the lead.
Baerum's day went from bad to worse ten minutes later as Flasza received a red card after bringing down Mjondalen forward Sanel Kapidzic in the box. Defender Joachim Solberg would step and convert the penalty to extend the team's lead.
Kapidzic would cap off the game with a goal of his own in the 120th minute to send the Mjondalen supporters home happy.
Warshaw played the entire game for Baerum, while Bernstein came on in the 84th minute for the victors.
Bernstein and Mjondalen now face the daunting task of knocking off Brann which finished in the relegation playoff spot in the Tippeligaen this season.
The two teams are scheduled to play against each other in the two-leg playoff final starting on November 23.