KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 31, 2015
A.J. Soares returned to the Viking starting lineup in their shutout win over Sandefjord, while Zarek Valetin and Bodo/Glimt continued their push up the standings as they beat Sarpsborg 08.
Viking 2 - 0 Sandefjord
After a long spell out of the team after suffering a concussion, Soares made his return in winning fashion for Viking as they kept a clean sheet at home.
The home side dominated the first minutes of the first half and could of had an early lead if their finishing was better.
However, they would break the deadlock in the 31st minute. A long ball from the back found Andre Danielsen on the right. The Norwegian would extend his right leg to send the ball across to teammate Zymer Bytyqi who then it flicked past Sandefjord goalkeeper Gary Hogan into the far post of the goal.
Viking would have to wait until the second half to get their second goal of the game. A cross from Danielsen into the area would find the head of Jon Daği
Böğvarsson who power past a helpless Hogan.
As in the first half, Viking had many more chances to win by a larger margin, but the finishing in the final third prevented them from doing so.
Viking remain in third place in the standings, but have now cut the gap between them and second place Stabaek to four points.
Bodo/Glimt 3 - 1 Sarpsborg 08
Bodo/Glimt continued their climb up the standings and possibly challenging for a Europa League place as they secured a convincing home win.
Valentin took his usual position on the right side of the back line, playing the full 90 minutes.
Both sides had chances to open the scoring in the early stages, but Glimt would find succeed on their chance in the 38th minute. Thomas Jacobsen sent a pass that released team Trond Olsen on the left wing. Olsen would then send in a cross that Alexander Sorloth volleyed past Sarpsborg goalkeeper Dwayne Kerr to give the home side the lead.
The guest had to wait until the 61st minute to find the equalizer. Bojan Zajic collected a pass from Anders Trondsen, slipped by two defenders and buried it in the back of the net.
It appeared the game was headed towards a tie until Bodo/Glimt scored two unanswered goals in the final minutes of regulation. Olsen went from being the provider to scorer as he found the back of the net in the 88th minute on a wonder strike from outside of the penalty area.
Sorloth scored his second of the day in the 89th minute on a counter attack, with Fitim Azemi providing the assist.
The win moves Bodo/Glimt up to seventh place in the standings on 32 points.
Cole Grossman and Stabaek saw their four-game winning streak snapped as they narrowly lost to Odd 2-1. They now sit eight points behind league leaders Rosenborg in the standings.
Ethan Horvath was away with the U.S. Under-23 national team in Manchester for training camp as Molde settled for a 2-2 tie with Lillestrom.
Alex DeJohn watched from the bench as Start fell to their seventh consecutive loss with a 3-1 defeat to Haugesund.
Rhett Bernstein was in the starting lineup while Erik Hurtado saw action in the second half in Mjondalen's 4-2 loss to Stromsgodset.