RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
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Monday, June 7, 2010
Following a two week break from Eliteserien league matches, Norway's top division resumed play with a pair of draws for Mikkel Diskerud of Stabaek and Hunter Freeman of Start.

Sandefjord 1 - 1 Stabæk

Diskerud and Stabæk were unable to extend their winning streak to four in a row as they earned only one point in a tie with last placed Sandefjord at Komplett Arena on Sunday.

A series of scoring opportunities for both teams marked the first half, including a point black one-timer by Diskerud from just inside the 18 that was instictively deflected by keeper Espen Pettersen

But it was the home team who scored first in the 37th minute with a goal by right back Olav Zanetti.

A perfectly placed cross found the feet of a charging Zanetti who one timed a low, hard ball from twenty yards out, just beyond the reach of keeper Jon Knudson and inside the far post.

The goal was received by with an overwhelming cheer from Sandefjord fans as Zanetti was tackled in celebration by his teammates.

Entering the second-half down by a goal, Stabæk could only create a few scoring chances and was unable to capitalize.

It was not until Diskerud's ankle fell victim to Senegalese striker Malik Mane's spikes on a fifty-fifty ball that Stabæk's offense came to life.

Mane was sent off the field in the 86th minute following the attack on Diskerud, which left the leaders a man down.

As if to seek vengeance for the ugly foul, Diskerud brought life to Jan Jonnsson's offense just in the knick of time.

With one minute and thirty seconds left in extra time, Diskerud settled a cross on the eight yard line with his first touch and with his second sent the ball sailing into the near post upper 90.

The literal last minute game tying goal was the second for Diskerud this season.

Stabæk has earned 10 points over the past four games and has not lost since the 5th of May. With the exception of a Norwegian Cup game this coming Wednesday, Stabæk and the rest of the Eliteserien go on international break for the World Cup until the 5th of July when they will face Molde at Telenor Arena.

Start 1 - 1 Viking

Monday's home match against Viking ended in a low scoring tie for Freeman and Start who have not earned a win since the 16th of May.

Freeman started at right back without his usual American counterpart, Clarence Goodson at his side. Goodson is currently in South Africa for the World Cup with the US Men's National Team.

In the 36th minute Freeman was shown yellow for a tackle on Birkir Bjarnason. Freeman was forced to fight for the ball following his poor pass that was intercepted by Bjarnason at the fifty yard line.

The result was a yellow card by the referee and a visibly upset Freeman.

Heading into the second half, the game remained scoreless, but quickly changed moments after the whistle.

Right back Håkon Skogseid put the visiting team on the board first with a set piece goal in the 50th minute. Andre Danielsen bent a thirty-five yard free kick into the six yard box where a Skogseid header slid in just below the cross bar.

Twelve minutes later Start responded when top Eliteserien goal scoring duo Christer Kleiven and Ole Martin Årst combined forces for a game tying goal.

A long defensive clear landed on Viking's 18 yard line where Klevin, danced, and spun around a Viking defender before he dished it to Årst.

Årst flew into the box, and rifled a shot near post past Rune Jarstein.

Following the international break Start will resume play on the 4th of July as the face Haugesund away.

Notes

Goalkeeper Steve Clark watched from the bench as Honefoss fell to Odd 1-0. Striker Kenneth Di Vita Jensen played the final 15 minutes in the defeat.

Tyrel Lacey is still out with a knee injury and did not take part in Lyn's 2-0 loss at Jay Needham's old club of Alta.

Joseph Bednik was the reserve goalkeeper in Sogndal's 2-0 win over Lov-Ham.

Sarpsborg and Bodo/Glimt had their match suspended giving goalkeeper Colin Burns an unexpected day off.
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