RECAP: MIDWEEK NORWEGIAN ACTION
In the fourth round of the NM Cup, Josh Gatt opened up his 2013 goal account in Molde's rout of Ranheim, and Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt came back to pull off the upset of a Tippeligaen team.
Molde FK 6 - 0 Ranheim
Josh Gatt and Molde routed Ranheim on Wednesday to punch their ticket into the quarterfinals of the cup.
Gatt started in the midfield of Molde's 4-3-3 and played 57 minutes.
Molde took control of the match from the whistle and started the shellacking in the fifth minute. Agnaldo Jr. dribbled in from the right wing and placed a 23-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net.
The next strike from the home team came in the 17th minute, when Gatt scored his first goal of the 2013 season. Gatt tried to dribble through a few defenders, but the ball got away from him. Gatt continued running toward the net, though, and stole the ball from teammate Daniel Chima and fired the ball into the net from six yards away.
Gatt also played a role in Molde's third goal during the 27th minute. Ranheim Even Barli parried a 20-yard shot from the American winger, but Magne Simonsen was there to clean up the rebound.
Ranheim went into halftime just down three goals, but any chances of that scoreline getting any better in the second half was squashed within five minutes of the second half starting. In the 46th minute, Jørgen Olsen scored an own goal when trying to clear a pass into the box, and in the 50th minute, Emmanuel Ekpo met Simonsen's low cross from the left sideline and tapped it into the back of the net.
Chima added insult to injury in the 80th minute with an easy, tap-in goal from six yards out, set up by a pass across the six-yard box from Zlatko Tripic.
Molde returns to action on Saturday against Valerenga, as the Tippeligaen season restarts after a short break.
FK Bodø/Glimt 2 - 1 Odd Grenland Skien
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt came from behind to record the upset over Odd on Wednesday.
Valentin started and played the full 90 minutes at right back in the winning effort.
After a dull first half, the action picked up early in the second half, and in the 56th minute, Odd took the lead. The away team's attack seemed to have petered out when Elba Rashani sent in a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that went between Valentin's legs and rolled into the lower right corner of the net.
Bodø/Glimt pressed for an equalizer and got it in the 75th minute. Valentin had the ball on the right before turning over to Jim Johansen, who used his right foot to find the back of the net.
Four minutes later, the home team took the lead, thanks to Ibba Laajab. Papa Alioune Ndiaye came inside from the left wing and fired a 27-yard shot onto the right post. The ball bounced back toward the center of the box, where Laajab headed it into the back of the net.
From there, the home team controlled the match and scored the win. Bodø/Glimt returns to action Saturday at Kongsvinger.
Mjøndalen IF 3 - 2 Hamarkameratene
Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won an entertaining, back-and-forth affair against Hamarkameratene on Wednesday.
In the 19th minute, Mjøndalen struck first. Joachim Solberg Olsen sent in a free kick from the right that curled around the wall and snuck into the near post.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Emil Dahle equalized in the 23rd minute. Mjøndalen goalkeeper Anders Rotevatn tried to punch out a Truls Jevne Hagen corner, but the clearance landed at the feet of Dahle, who managed to shoot the rebound past Rotevatn.
HamKam took the lead in the 33rd minute, once again through a Dahle goal. Andres Nedrebø received the ball from the right wing before leaving it for Dahle, who smashed the shot into the far corner.
It took until the second half for Mjøndalen to find an answer, scoring the team's second goal in the 65th minute. With more than five teammates in the box, Vamouti Diomande sent a rocket into the box, which after a deflection, ended up at Pal Alexander Kirevold's feet. Right in front of the goalkeeper, he fired his shot into the top of the net.
Mjøndalen retook the lead seven minutes later following a corner. The home team kept the ball deep in its final third, where Mads Hansen sent in a cross from the right that went over everybody except Christian Gauseth, who squeezed one past the goalkeeper from a tight angle at the edge of the six-yard box.
Mjøndalen squares off with Vard Haugesund in league action on Sunday.
Mikkel Diskerud played the final 15 minutes in Rosenborg's 2-1 win over Tromsø on Wednesday.