MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Andrew Jacobson, Michael Stephens and Mikkel Diskerud played important roles for their respective teams in the latest round of Tippeligaen action.
Molde 2, Stabaek 2
Stabaek snapped their four-game road losing streak in exciting fashion as they fought back to earn a 2-2 tie with league leaders Molde at the Aker Stadium.
It looked as if it would be an off day for the Blue Ones early on as Molde forward Tommy Hoiland scored in the 12th minute to give Molde the lead. The 2012 champions extended their lead later as fellow forward Mohamed Elyounoussi found the back of the net in the 37th minute.
Despite being down 2-0, Stabaek would find the will to fight back, and fight back they did. Jacobsen, on loan from New York City FC, would find his way into the penalty area to send a pass to Stephens who scored the team's first goal after getting around a Molde defender. It was the former Los Angeles Galaxy player's first goal of the season.
Bob Bradley's men cut the score in half, but they were not finished.
Jacobsen once again found himself the provider as he knocked down a ball for Ivorian forward Franck Boli to knock into the goal in the 89th minute.
The tie pushed Stabaek up to ninth place, five points clear of the relegation playoff spot.
Rosenborg 3, IK Start 2
Diskerud led the way for Rosenborg as they fought their way back from a deficit to beat Start 3-2 at the Lerkendal Stadium.
Start took a shock lead as winger Ernest Asante opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a long range strike. Midfielder Espen Borufsen would double Start's lead in the 25th minute when he received a pass from winger Espen Hoff and tucked the ball pass Rosenborg goalkeeper Alexander Hansen.
However, the Troll Kids responded quickly as Diskerud put his name on the score sheet in the 29th minute off a corner. A low curling ball from midfielder Ole Selaes found the American who was running to the near post to cut Start's lead in half. Norwegian winger Alexander Soderlund would level the score in the 43rd minute when he pounced on a fumbled ball by Start goalkeeper Hakon Opdal.
It looked as though the game would end in a tie, but Soderlund made his presence known again as he slotted home the game winner in the 83rd minute.
The win puts Rosenborg in fourth place and 11 points behind the league leaders.
Jeb Brovsky was an unused substitute in Stromsgodset's 1-0 loss to Odd. The loss leaves the team in third place and 10 points behind Molde.
Stabaek head coach Bob Bradley found himself making the news after his team's game with Molde. The former United States national team coach took issue with an analyst's assessment that Stabaek's play in the first half of the game was disastrous. Bradley emphatically disagreed, saying the analyst's opinion was a "stupid comment." The coach did invite the analyst to watch the game together afterwards, but it is not known whether he took Bradley up on his invitation.