MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, November 11, 2013
Americans had a rough weekend in Norway, as Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg missed out on the Tippeligaen title and Steve Clark and Hønefoss couldn't avoid relegation.
Lillestrøm SK 0 - 3 Rosenborg Trondheim
Although Mikkel Diskerud and routed Lillestrøm, they fell short of winning their 23rd Norwegian league title on Sunday.
Diskerud started and went the distance in central midfield for the Troll Kids.
It took all of six minutes for Rosenborg to open the scoring account, as John Chibuike sent in a rocket from right outside the 18-yard box that snuck into the right post.
The Trolls Kids doubled their lead 12 minutes later when the Lillestrøm defense failed to clear off the rebound from an Alexander Søderlund shot. Chibuike danced around the penalty spot before a Lillestrøm defender blocked his shot, and Mike Jensen eventually had a shot go into a wide-open net.
Rosenborg cruised for the rest of the match, and Chibuike added his second goal in the 72nd minute, controlling a Pal Andre Helland rebound and slotting it into the back of the net.
With the win, Rosenborg finished the 2013 season in second place and will enter the Europa League in the qualifying round. The Troll Kids still have a chance for some silverware, playing in the Norwegian Cup on Nov. 24 against Molde.
Odd Grenland Skien 3 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss allowed two late goals in a loss to Odd on Sunday that clinched the team's drop into the Adeccoligaen.
Clark started and went the distance in net for perhaps the last time in a Hønefoss uniform.
Things started off as well as they could for Hønefoss, with the away team taking a lead in the eighth minute. Odd goalkeeper Sondre Rossbach managed to get a touch to Kevin Larsen's 30-yard shot, but the momentum of the ball carried it over the goal line.
Hønefoss held onto that lead until the 33rd minute, when a goalkeeping error by Clark gave Odd the equalizer. Clark got a paw on Fredrik Oldrup Jensen's corner, but instead of the ball going away from the net, it bounced into the back of it.
Hønefoss retook the lead in the 56th minute. Alexander Mathisen ended up with the ball alone on the right side of the penalty box, and he fired it into the back of the net.
With Hønefoss so close to get securing the relegation playoff spot and a chance to play in the Norwegian top flight next year, it all fell apart in the final minutes. In the 74th minute, Herolind Shala turned at the top of the 18-yard box and put the ball past Clark to his left.
Then, four minutes later, Odd put Hønefoss to the sword and sent it down to the Adeccoligaen. On a Shala cross, Frode Johnsen rose up and beat his marker to the ball, heading home for the match's final goal.
Hønefoss threw the kitchen sink in the closing minutes to try and find a way to score two goals, but the team couldn't find the back of the net. Hønefoss finished the season in last place in the Norwegian top division with 29 points.