BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, October 6, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg scored a big win at Lillestrom, while Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek had to settle for a point at Bodo/Glimt over the weekend in Norway.
Lillestrom 0, Rosenborg 2
The Troll Kids solidified their hold on third place in the standings as they knocked off Lillestrom at the Arasen Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, in which both sides had good chances to score, Rosenborg broke the deadlock in the 68th minute. Pal Helland dribbled the ball in from the right wing before taking a shot just outside the box that would find its way into the goal.
Rosenborg would double their lead in the 89th minute as Mike Jensen put his name on the score sheet. After some fine passing from the visitors, the ball would end up at the Danes feet for him to put past the goalkeeper.
Diskerud had a strong outing on the day and played the full 90 minutes.
Rosenborg are now eight points clear of Lillestrom, with Stromsgodset sitting four points behind for the final Europa League spot.
Bodo/Glimt 1, Stabaek 1
A late goal gave the Blue Ones a share of the points against a struggling Bodo/Glimt side at the Aspmyra Stadium.
The home side would get on the scoreboard first in the 37th minute when Brede Moe dribble the ball from Bodo/Glimt's end, slip past the Stabaek defenders and fired from long distance. The curling shot left Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba rooted in his place.
The home side had a few chances to increase their lead, but Sayouba made several crucial saves to keep Stabaek in the game.
The saves were much needed as the visitors would find the back of the net in stoppage time. Ville Jalasto shot found its way through a crowd of players in the box and past the Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper to level the score.
Stephens and Jacobson played the full 90 for Stabaek. The team now sits eighth in the standings.
Jeb Brovsky was once again not in the team as Stromsgodset had to settle for 0-0 tie against Sarpsborg 08.