MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, November 12, 2012
Josh Gatt and Molde clinched their second-straight Norwegian title, while Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa earned the last promotion playoff spot despite a loss.
Rosenborg 0 - 1 Fredrikstad FK
Needing a miracle from Sunday's matches, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg fell short in the home finale against relegation-threatened Fredrikstad.
The American midfielder went the full 90 minutes for Rosenborg in the losing effort.
Fredrikstad decided to stay compact defensively and hit Rosenborg out on the counterattack, and the game plan worked. In the 31st minute, Robert Stene scored the match's only goal off a counter, with Nenad Sreckovic dribbling past Diskerud and into the back line before picking out Stene.
Because Fredrikstad sat back, Rosenborg had multiple chances to tie the match before halftime, but a combination of shots going wide and some big saves by Fredrikstad goalkeeper Jon Masalin kept the away team in the lead. One such moment came in the first minute of stoppage time, when Masalin stonewalled Diskerud on a shot from point-blank range.
Rosenborg continued to push for the game-tying goal in the final 45 minutes, but Fredrikstad held strong for the win.
With the loss, Rosenborg's losing streak stretched to three matches, but the team still occupies third place.
Rosenborg finish their season Sunday against Hønefoss.
Molde FK 1 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Josh Gatt and Molde secured their second Norwegian title in two years Sunday against Steve Clark and Hønefoss.
Clark played the 90 minutes, as he has all season for Hønefoss, while Gatt come off the bench for the entire second half.
After a tie in their previous encounter this season, Molde knew it was going to be tough to put one past Clark and the Hønefoss defense, and Hønefoss proved that in the first half. Molde had multiple goal-scoring chances, only to find itself tied going into halftime.
Molde continued to control most of the possession, and the team finally broke through in the 59th minute. Substitute Daniel Chukwu Chima met Magnus Wolff Eikrem's corner and headed the ball into the right side of the net, with Clark having no chance.
The home team didn't sit back on its haunches and continued to push forward for goals, but outside of one goal disallowed in the 77th minute, neither team came close.
With the win and a Strømsgodset loss, Molde clinched the Norwegian title. The team will play its season finale next Sunday at Fredrikstad.
Mjøndalen IF 4 - 2 Ham Kam
With Kyle Helton getting some rest yet again in order to be ready for the promotion playoffs, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen finished off their regular season strong Sunday with a win over Hamarkameratene.
Bernstein recorded his second yellow card of the season in the 59th minute for a late tackle on Ham Kam left back John Anders Rise.
After a relatively boring first half, both teams exploded to score all six goals in the second half. Mjøndalen opened the scoring in the 56th minute, when Aziz Idris converted a penalty before extending the lead in the 61st minute through a 23-yard shot by Erik Midtgarden.
Ham Kam came roaring back, though, scoring two goals in quick succession. Starting in the 72nd minute, Håkon Aalmen put his team on the board, while in the 74th minute, Rise tied up the match.
Just when it looked like the match would end in a tie, Mjøndalen scored two goals to seal the win. In the 83rd minute, Stian Ohr sent Midtgarden alone on net, and Midtgarden slipped the ball past goalkeeper Ivar Rønningen.
Then, in the second minute of stoppage time, Adrain Paul found Idris for his second goal of the match.
With the win, Mjøndalen finishes the regular season in fourth place in the Adeccoligaen. The team start the promotion playoffs Wednesday against Bodø/Glimt.
Sandefjord 0 - 0 Baerum SK
Before heading down to the Norwegian third division, Sebastian Troupe and Baerum held on Sunday for a goalless tie against third place Sandefjord.
Troupe played 65 minutes before being substituted in the team's final match in the Norwegian second division.
Throughout the match, Sandefjord had multiple chances to score, but the home team wasted every single chance, with many shots going wide of the net. The team's best opportunity came in the 32nd minute on a penalty, but Panajotis Dimitriadis sent the penalty wide of the net.
Baerum didn't do much during the match and held on for the win. With the tie, Baerum finished the season in 14th place, and the team will return to action next year in the Norwegian third tier.
Ullensaker/Kisa IL 1 - 2 Bryne FK
Despite a loss Sunday to Bryne, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa clinched sixth place and the final place in the promotion playoffs.
Both teams played evenly for much of the first half, but the home team found a way to take a one-goal lead into halftime. In the 22nd minute, Pål Steffen Andresen scored for Ullensaker/Kisa off a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
With relegation a distinct possibility for Bryne, the away team played with a renewed vigor and executed a comeback. In the 58th minute, Eirik Jakobsen took advantage of a Bryne defensive error and found himself alone on net. Jakobsen made Ullensaker/Kisa pay.
Then, in the 67th minute, Andresen took down Bryne's Håvard Urstad just outside the 18-yard box, and Geir André Herrem fired the ball past Ullensaker/Kisa goalkeeper Arnold Origi, who had no chance to stop it.
Ullensaker/Kisa woke up after the goal, as the team's chances for promotion seemed to be slipping out of its hands, but Bryne kept Ullensaker/Kisa from putting the ball in the back of the net.
Although Ullensaker/Kisa lost, the team held onto to sixth place and will play in the promotion playoffs because of a Ranheim loss. Ullensaker/Kisa will travel to Sandefjord for its first round matchup Wednesday.
American forward Chad Barrett wasn't in Vålerenga's lineup Sunday in the team's 2-1 loss to Lillestrøm.
Brendan King played the final seven minutes Sunday in Alta's 3-2 win over Tromsdalen.
Villyen Bijev didn't make Start's lineup Sunday as they closed out the Adeccoligaen campaign with a 2-1 loss to Notodden.