RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt and Molde's struggles continued against Haugesund, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg blew a two-goal advantage but managed to get three points.
Molde FK 1 - 5 FK Haugesund
Haugesund pummeled Josh Gatt and Molde on Thursday, putting Molde's status as a Tippeligaen team further in jeopardy.
The first half started with two goals by both teams in the first five minutes. Haugesund's Christian Gytkjær opened the scoring in the first minute, when Molde goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland blocked a Alexander Søderlund header but couldn't hold onto the ball. It bounced in front of him and Gytkjӕr pounced on the rebound to score deep inside in the six-yard box.
Molde didn't wait long to answer, with Kristoffer Vatshaug marking his return from injury with the equalizer. He beat his defender and headed Etzaz Hussain's corner into the fall side of the net from seven yards away.
Haugesund took a lead into halftime, thanks to another Søderlund-Gytkjӕr connection. Søderlund was free along the left wing and passed back to Gytkjӕr, who took a touch before placing a low, 20-yard shot into the back of the net.
Things didn't get any better for Molde following the restart, as in the 47th minute, Søderlund found the back of the net. A deflection from a Haugesund shot ended up with the Haugesund winger, who blasted a shot on net from 16 yards out. Nyland stopped the first, but the rebound went right back to Søderlund, who put his rebound in the low left corner of the net.
Haugesund put to bed any thoughts of Molde mounting a comeback in the 59th minute. Michael Haukås picked up the ball in the midfield and fired a 28-yard shot toward net. The ball moved like a knuckleball and dipped under the crossbar to give Haugesund a three-goal advantage.
The away team added insult to injury in the 83rd minute, when Gytkjӕr converted a penalty to finish off his hat trick.
With the loss, Molde drops to four points out of safety and continues to have a stranglehold on last place in Norway's top division. The team returns to action Monday at Rosenborg.
Viking Stavanger 0 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss held on to get a point at Viking on Thursday.
Clark and di Vita Jensen started at goalkeeper and forward, respectively, for Hønefoss, with di Vita Jensen coming off after 87 minutes of action.
Throughout the match, Viking had a multitude of chances to score, including the last few minutes of stoppage time when the home team pushed for a match-winning goal, but with a combination of problems finishing and Clark's play, the match ended scoreless.
Hønefoss is in 12th place with 10 points, and the team hosts Lillestrøm on Monday.
Rosenborg Trondheim 4 - 2 Sarpsborg 08
Mikkel Diskerud blew a two-goal lead but managed to pull away in the end against Sarpsborg on Thursday.
Diskerud started at attacking midfielder for Rosenborg.
It took more than half an hour for the Troll Kids to break down the Sarpsborg defense, but once they did, it opened the flood gates. In the 33rd minute, Diskerud had the ball deep in the center of Sarpsborg's half before passing to Nicki Bille Nielsen in the box, with Nielsen tapping the shot into the back of the net from 10 yards away.
One minute later, Nielsen scored another goal. Mikael Dorsin sent a long ball from the left back position to get Nielsen behind the left side of the Sarpsborg defense, and the Rosenborg forward chested the ball before firing into the net from 13 yards away.
Rosenborg took that lead into halftime, but Sarpsborg came out in the second half and pulled one back through a goalkeeper gaffe. In the 52nd minute, Magnus Sylling Olsen shot straight at Alexander Lund Hansen from 30 yards away, and the Rosenborg goalkeeper lost control of the ball and watched as it crossed over the line.
The away team managed to tie up the match in the 65th minute, this time off a 27-yard free kick.
Gudmundur Thórarinsson struck the ball into the netting on the far side of the net, leaving Lund Hansen to watch helplessly.
In the 84th minute, Tarik Elyounoussi bailed out his goalkeeper with a 23-yard free kick. The Norwegian curled the ball just barely over the wall and into the low left side of the net. Nielsen put the match to rest in the 88th minute, scoring from the penalty spot.
With the win, Rosenborg climbs into second place, three points behind leader Strømsgodset. The Troll Kids return to action Monday at home against struggling Molde.
FK Bodø/Glimt 3 - 0 Strømmen IF
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt took care of business against Strømmen on Thursday.
Valentin went the distance at his usual right back position for the home team.
Strømmen opened the match stronger than the home team, but it rued not getting a goal during the early minutes of the match in the 27th minute. Papa Alioune Ndiaye took a shot from distance that found the back of the net for Bodø/Glimt. The home team doubled its lead in the 38th minute, when Jim Johansen got his head to a Dane Richards corner and managed to score.
During the second half, Bodø/Glimt cruised to the win and put the match to bed in the 84th minute after Strømmen goalkeeper took down Ulrik Berglann in the box. Ibba Laajab stepped up and converted the penalty.
With the win, Bodø/Glimt jumped into second place in the Adeccoligaen. The team returns to action at Hamarkamerantene on Monday.
Vard Haugesund 0 - 3 Hamarkamerantene
Anthony Avalos couldn't help the Vard backline in a big loss at home to Hamarkamerantene.
Normally a winger, Avalos started at right back for Vard and picked up a yellow card in the 70th minute for a challenge on Edmir Asani.
HamKam looked the better side in the first half and took a one-goal lead into halftime thanks to a goal in the 14th minute. An unmarked Erik Tønne received a cross from the left wing, and he headed to the right of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
To start the second half, HamKam brought on Truls Jevne Hagen, and it didn't taek long for that move to pay off. In the 48th minute, the substitute beat the goalkeeper to his right after some nice combination play on the right side.
Vard tried unsuccessfully to get back into the match for the rest of the second half, and HamKam took advantage of Vard pushing forward to get a third goal by Tore Andreas Gundersen in the 90th minute.
With the loss, Vard finds itself in 14th place, and the team will try to rebound from this result at Sandefjord on Monday.
Rhett Bernstein was an unused substitute in Mjøndalen's 2-0 win over Elverum on Thursday.
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