KENYA BROWN - Friday, September 26, 2014
Bob Bradley and Stabaek saw their chance of reaching the final of the Norwegian Cup fall short as Molde scored a spectacular goal in the late stages of their semifinal encounter Wednesday night.
In a game that looked like it was heading to extra time, Molde's Mohamed Elyounoussi would somehow find his way through the Blue Ones' defense to score one of the memorable goals in the competition to give the Tippeligaen leaders a chance to complete the double.
The visitors opened the game the better of the two sides with Elyounoussi and teammate Per Egil Flo working together to create a number of chances on the left. However, the Stabaek defense stood its ground and kept the game scoreless.
The home side had one of the best chances to open the scoring in the game when Franck Boli got through Molde's defense to take a chance at goal. However, Flo somehow cleared it from the line. Andrew Jacobson collected the rebound and took another chance at goal, but goalkeeper Orjan Nyland tipped it away.
Molde continued to press in the second half as they continued to expose Stabaek's weakness to contain its attack on the left.
After holding off Molde for most of regulation time, a errant pass in their own end found the feet of Elyounoussi who then embarked on a run similar to Ryan Giggs in the 1999 FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal and put the ball in the back of the net for the only goal of game.
Jacobson played the entire 90 minutes, while Michael Stephens saw 63 minutes of action for Stabaek in the loss.
Molde will now await the winner of the second semifinal game between Odd and Sarpsborg 08.