KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg had a convincing win over Bodo/Glimt, while Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek won a wild game against Start in Norway over the weekend.
Rosenborg 3-1 Bodo/Glimt
The Troll Kids extended their winning run to three games as they went to knock off the visitors from Bodo at the Lerkendal Stadium.
Rosenborg were the dominant side in the first half and should have scored on several occasions, but the woodwork would deny them on several occasions to score. However, the second half would be a different story.
Bodo/Glimt would open the scoring in the 50th minute with Trond Olsen putting the ball in the back in the net off a corner. From that point Rosenborg would establish their dominance for the rest of the game.
They were finally rewarded with the equalizer in the 66th minute. Riku Riski headed the ball in from close range off a cross from Jonas Svensson.
The home side would take the lead 12 minutes later when Pal Andre Helland scored from the penalty spot after Svensson was taken down in the area.
Rosenborg would round out the scoring in stoppage time when substitute Tomas Malec slotted ball past the goalkeeper.
Diskerud played a strong 90 minutes for Rosenborg, playing a part in the team's first goal as well as coming close on a couple of occasions to put his name on the score sheet.
The win solidifies Rosenborg's hold on third place in the standings as they are now five points clear of Stromsgodset and Lillestrom.
Start 2 - 3 Stabaek
Head coach Bob Bradley and the Blue Ones got a crucial win on the road to move them up the standings.
After a first half in which both sides missed opportunities to break the deadlock, Stabaek would get things going in the 48th minute of the second half with Fredrik Brustad heading in the first goal of the game.
Start evened things up in the 67th minute when Matthias Vilhjalmsson headed in the ball off a free kick well in Stabaek's end of the field.
Andrew Jacobson would get his name on the score sheet for the visitors in the 72nd minute. Taking the ball in midfield, the New York City FC loanee decided to take a chance from outside the box and the ball sailed by the Start goalkeeper to give Stabaek the lead once again.
Franck Boli extended Stabaek's lead in the 77th minute as he sidestepped the goalkeeper to slot the ball in the back of the net.
Start would make things interesting near the end of the game as Ernest Asante scored a strike just inside the box.
Jacobson played the full 90 minutes, while Michael Stephens saw 75 minutes of action before being subbed out.
The win pushes Stabaek up to eighth place in the standings.
Jeb Brovsky watched from the bench as Stromsgodset were hammered 4-1 by a resurgent Brann side.