KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Cole Grossman and Stabaek's title challenge took a massive dent as they narrowly lost to league leaders Rosenborg, while A.J. Soares and Viking inched closer to second place with a win.
Rosenborg 1-0 Stabaek
A stoppage time goal from Rosenborg's Anders Konradsen virtually ended Stabaek's title challenge, but the visitors did not got easily at the Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim.
For most of the season it has been a battle between the Troll Kids and the Blue Ones from Baerum as to which team would stand atop the Tippeligaen standings come the end of the season. No matter how many times Rosenborg would win this season, Bob Bradley and his men would be right on their tails.
Sunday's game would decide whether the fight for the title would go on or Rosenborg secure another league crown.
Cole Grossman, who has been having an excellent season since signing for Stabaek earlier in the year, took up his place in the midfield and recieved a yellow card in the 75th minute.
The visitors would have a few scoring chances, but it would be Rosenborg that dominated most of the game. They had many opportunities to break open the scoring, but if not for the performance of Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba, the game would have been well out of reach for the team.
Stabaek had two good opportunities in the second half to take the lead. Substitute Giorgi Gorozia effort beat Rosenborg goalkeeper Andre Hansen but not midfielder Ole Kristian Selnaes who ran back and cleared the ball off the goal line. Nicolai Naess thought he had scored for Stabaek, but the linesman judged him to have been offside.
Heading into stoppage time it appeared that both sides would share the points, but Konrasdsen, who came on the field in the 78th minute, would get his head on a corner delivered by Pal Andre Helland and get the ball past Sayouba to give the host the three points and possibly the league title.
Stabaek remain in second place, but are now 11 points behind Rosenborg.
Stabaek will have a chance to exact some revenge on Rosenborg when they face them in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup on Sept. 24.
Valerenga 2-4 Viking
Viking showed they are going to make a strong push for second place in the Tippeligaen standings with an impressive win at the Ullevaal Stadium.
A.J. Soares got the start in central defense for the team.
However, things did not start well for them as the home side opened the scoring in the seventh minute as Mohammed Abdellaoue redirected a pass from teammate Daniel Holm to give them the lead.
Viking were not detered and scored the equalizer four minutes later. Jon Daoi Boovarsson would send in a low cross from th right and Suleiman Abdullahi would be in the right place to put the ball in the back of the net.
The visitors would take the lead 10 minutes before halftime when Abdullahi would turn provider and setup Samuel Adegbenro to score.
Valerenga would find the equalizer in the second half when Enar Jaager sent in a brilliant curler that was out of the reach of Viking goalkeeper Iven Austbo.
However, Viking would retake the lead immediately after that goal as Joachim Jorgensen would fire in a low shot past Sascha Burchert.
Andre Danielsen wrapped up the game for Viking as he score from the penalty spot.
The win keeps Viking in third place in the standings, but only one point behind second place Stabaek.
Zarek Valentin was in the starting lineup for Bodo/Glimt and received a yellow card in the 69th minute as the team fell to Odd 2-1.
Ethan Horvath returned between the sticks for Molde in their 4-2 win over Sandefjord.
Rhett Bernstein got the start in central defense and Erik Hurtado came on in the 74th minute in Mjondalen's 0-0 tie with Tromso.
Alex DeJohn watched from the bench as Start's free fall in the standings continued with a 3-1 loss to Sarpsborg 08. The team's losing streak is now at eight games.