MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Rosenborg used two goals early in the second half to put itself right into the thick of the Tippeligaen title race.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played the full game in the central midfield for Rosenborg, while defender Sean Cunningham did not play because of a hip injury.
Both teams had a few good chances in the first half, but neither team was able to score.
Rosenborg found its scoring ability early in the second 45 minutes, though. In the 49th minute, Daniel Fredheim Holm passed across the edge of the 18-yard box to Steffen Iversen, who slammed his shot into the top netting.
Then, in the 54th minute, Iversen scored again, taking advantage of a mistake by Stabæk goalkeeper Jan Kjell Larsen. Larsen attempted to distribute the ball with a long throw, but Iversen stuck out a foot and intercepted the pass. He then chipped the ball over Larsen and into the net from 25 yards.
Stabæk couldn't mount a comeback after that, and things got considerably worse in the 86th minute, when Larsen took down Tarik Elyounoussi on a breakaway and received a straight red card.
With the win, Rosenborg has 40 points through 21 games, one point back of leader Strømsgodset. The team returns to action September 16 against Vålerenga.