KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 1, 2014
Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Mikkel Diskerud earned points for their respective teams, while Jeb Brovsky made the starting line up in a losing effort for Stromsgodset over the weekend.
Viking 1 - 2 Rosenborg
Two first half goals from Rosenborg were enough to see them escape from the Viking Stadium with a critical 2-1 win over the Stavanger-based side to move ahead of Stromsgodset for the second and final Europa League place in the standings.
The Troll Kids opened the scoring in the 12th minute when defender Jorgen Skjelvik put the ball in the back of the after a shot from Diskerud was blocked on the line by Viking's Vidar Nisja. Viking had several chances to score an equalizer, but Rosenborg increased its lead in the 34th minute when midfielder Mike Jensen took his chance just outside of the box to send it past goalkeeper Arild Ostbo.
It was a quiet second half until Viking clawed a goal back in the 76th minuted when defender Hakod Skogseid headed in a shot from a corner.
Diskerud played the full 90 minutes for Rosenborg.
Rosenborg are now in third place, while Viking remain in seventh.
Stabaek 1 - 1 Sandnes Ulf
The Blue Ones had to wait until near the end of the game to find the game-tying goal as they shared the points with Sandnes Ulf at the Nadderud Stadium.
It should have been an easy game for Stabaek, but last place Sandnes shocked the home side in the 32nd minute when midfielder Henrik Furebotn chipped the ball over the goalkeeper after receiving a pass from Fredrik Midtsjo.
Both sides produced chances in the second half, but the next goal would not come until the 80th minute when Stabaek's Stian Sortevik got his foot on a cross from Eirik Haugstad to level the score.
Stephens and Jacobson played the entire game, with the New York City FC loanee being very active in Stabaek's attack.
Stabaek remains in ninth place, while Sandnes is rooted to the bottom in the standings.
Aalesund 2 - 0 Stromsgodset
The defending Tippeligaen champions found their grasp on the final Europa League place slip from their hands as they fell to Aalesdund at the Color Line Stadium.
After a first half in which both sides squandered chances to score, things picked up in second.
It would be the home side that took the lead in the 54th minute as midfielder Sakari Mattila scored from the spot after a penalty call by the referee. Mattila's day was not over just yet as he was called on again to convert another penalty in the 62nd minute.
Brovsky made the start for Stromsgodset and played 69 minutes in the team's loss.
Stromsgodset now finds themselves in fifth place and two points behind Rosenborg in the campaign for the second Europa League place, while the win moves Aalesund up to twelfth.
Molde continue to inch their way towards the league title as the side of Josh Gatt and Ethan Horvath claimed a 1-0 road win over Brann.
Zarek Valentin's Bodo/Glimt side continued their push up the standings as they earned a 4-3 home win over Valerenga.