RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg continued their hot start to the Tippeligaen season, and Zarek Valentin made his Norwegian soccer debut as the Adeccoligaen season started.
Brann Bergen 1 - 0 Molde FK
Relegated to coming off the bench, Josh Gatt played the final 32 minutes but couldn't keep Molde from falling into last place in the Tippeligaen in a loss to Brann on Saturday.
Having lost the first two matches of the season, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær, in whose reign the defending back-to-back Norwegian champions had never lost two consecutive matches, made multiple changes to the starting lineup. One of those changes included Gatt losing his starting spot on the right wing.
The changes seemed to work on the offensive end in the first half as Molde had a plethora of chances, but so did Brann. At the end of 45 minutes, a lack of finishing on both ends kept the match scoreless.
It continued to be scoreless even after introducing the American winger, who managed a shot on net in the 75th minute, but that changed in the 80th minute, when Amin Askar scored the match's only go for Brann. Martin Pusić played a long ball through to Askar, who beat Molde goalkeeper Ole Söderberg one-on-one.
With the loss, Molde remained without a point this season and dropped into last place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action next Saturday against Sogndal.
Aalesund 4 - 3 Hønefoss BK
In a crazy, back-and-forth match, Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss gave up two unanswered goals in the second half to lose to Aalesund on Sunday.
Clark went the distance in the sticks for Hønefoss, while di Vita Jensen started at forward and played 65 minutes.
It didn't take long for the fireworks in this match to go off, with Aalesund taking the lead in the sixth minute. Demar Phillips sent in a cross from the left wing, where Michael Barrantes met at the edge of the six-yard box and slid home.
Aalesund doubled its lead in the 15th minute through a Leke James goal. After the ball ricocheted off a couple of players around the edge of the 18-yard box, James ended up with the ball and fired it past Clark.
Hønefoss answered five minutes later. Heiner Mora sent in a cross from the right side of the field to the middle of the box that met Remond Mendy, who, unmarked around the penalty spot, placed it with his head to the right side of the net.
In the 33rd minute, Kevin Larsen equalized for the away team, sending in a low 23-yard shot into the back of the net.
After halftime, Hønefoss got its first and only lead of the match through a Riku Riski goal in the 50th minute. Mora sent in a long ball to Riski which allowed the Icelander to get behind the defense, and Riski placed the ball past a helpless Sten Grytebust.
Two goals within a six-minute span gave Aalesund the win, though, starting in the 60th minute. Peter Orry Larsen beat his man to a Jo Nymo Matland cross and beat a diving Clark to equalize, while Phillips scored in the match-winning goal when Barrantes played a long ball to get him one-on-one with Clark. Phillips didn't miss from 13 yards out.
From there, Aalesund hung on to keep its perfect record alive. With the loss, Hønefoss drops into 10th place, and the team returns to action next Sunday against Haugesund.
Sogndal 0 - 4 Rosenborg BK
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg sent out yet another signal to Norwegian teams in a shellacking of Sogndal on the road on Sunday.
Diskerud went the distance in central midfield for the Troll Kids.
Rosenborg waited until the 31st minute to find the back of the net. Jonas Svensson sent a low cross across the box to Tobias Mikkelsen, who scored from nine yards away.
Following the goal, it seemed the flood gates had opened in the Sogndal defense, as Rosenborg scored two more goals just before halftime to put the match to be. In the 45th minute, a Sogndal defender deflected a chip pass from Tarik Elyounoussi, and Nicki Bille Nielsen outran the goalkeeper to slot it home.
Less than one minute later, Diskerud made a run into the box and slid the ball across to Elyounoussi, whose shot went off the crossbar. Svensson pounced on the rebound and scored into the wide-open net.
With very little to play for in the second half, not much occurred outside of a fourth goal for Rosenborg in the 76th minute. Rosenborg pulled off the perfect counterattack, with Elyounossi running in unmarked on the left and shooting through Erik Dahlin's five-hole.
With the win, Rosenborg retains the top spot in the Tippeligaen. The Troll Kids return to action on Friday against Start.
Bodø/Glimt 3 - 1 Ullensaker/Kisa
Zarek Valentin and Bodø.Glimt won in the American defenders Norwegian soccer debut on Sunday.
After officially going on loan to the Norwegian second-division team earlier this week, the American right back started and went the distance for Bodø/Glimt. Valentin also picked up a yellow card in the 80th minute.
Bodø/Glimt took control of the match in the first half, and it showed on both ends of the field, as Ullensaker/Kisa recorded one shot.
On the offensive end, the home team scored two goals within the first 20 minutes. On a free kick after a corner, Thomas Braaten found Jim Johansen, who sent the ball into the opposite corner of the net for the opener.
Then, in the 17th minute, an Ulrik Berglann pass went through the box, and Ulrik Saltnes ran from the backside of the play to double Bodø/Glimt's lead.
The home team took that lead into halftime and put the match to bed on the other end of the break. In the 52nd minute, a long ball from Bodø/Glimt left back Ruben Imingen went to Ibba Laajab, who in a fight for the ball managed to pass the ball onto Johansen. Johansen chipped a shot into the net for his team's third goal.
Ullensaker/Kisa made things interesting in the 58th minute, when Morten Giæver converted a penalty to cut into Bodø/Glimt's lead, but Ullensaker/Kisa didn't create anything more.
The win puts Bodø/Glimt into first place in the Adeccoligaen. The team returns to action on April 15 at Sandefjord.
Rhett Bernstein didn't make Mjøndalen's bench in the team's 1-0 loss to Kongsvinger on Sunday.