RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt picked up a knee injury in Molde's win, while Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt continued their hot streak in the Adeccoligaen.
Molde FK 3 - 1 Sarpsborg 08
Josh Gatt and Molde climbed out of the direct-relegation zone with by scoring three unanswered goals against Sarpsborg 08 on Saturday.
Gatt started at his usual right winger position but left in the 41st minute with a knee injury, a few days before the Plymouth, Mich., native is supposed to report the United States' camp for the Gold Cup.
Molde continued a trend for this season - going down early. In the 27th minute, Jeremy Berthod struck an Øyvind Hoås corner with his left foot, and his shot from around the penalty spot went to the left of Molde goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland, who was moving to his left.
Right before halftime, however, Molde managed to create an equalizer. During the first minute of stoppage time, Emmanuel Ekpo sent in a through pass to Martin Linnes, who was on the right wing. Linnes dribbled into the box and took a shot from a tough angle that deflected off a Sarpsborg defender and into the net.
To start the second half, Molde poured forward and finally took the lead in the 67th minute. Molde broke down the Sarpsborg defense, and Linnes; shot at the end took a deflection that sent the ball in the air and toward net. Daniel Chima won the race to the ball and tapped it into the net from right in front of the goal line.
Molde held on from that point, eventually adding another goal in the 90th minute. Chima passed to Zlatko Tripic, who belted a low, 20-yard shot from the right into the left side of the net.
With the win, Molde climbed into 14th place, the relegation playoff spot. The team returns to action on Wednesday against Mjøndalen in the quarterfinals of the NM Cup.
Sogndal 1 - 1 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss recorded their sixth tie of the season at Sogndal on Saturday.
Clark minded the net for Hønefoss again, while Kenneth di Vita Jensen once again did not dress.
In the 26th minute, Sogndal opened the scoring in a bizarre play. Urik Flo received a long pass around the midline before tapping the ball to a streaking Rune Bolseth, who used a touch that put the ball in the air to continue his run. The American charged off his line to meet the ball outside of the box, but Bolseth beat him to it, took a touch around Clark and put the ball in the wide-open net.
Hønefoss equalized before halftime, a goal by Riku Riski in the 43rd minute. Hønefoss midfielder Kevin Larsen tried a through pass, but Sogndal defender Hannu Patronen cut it out, only for the ball to roll to Riski. The Finn turned toward net and let a shot from the edge of the box fly into the back of the net.
Despite multiple chances in the second half for both teams, no further scoring occurred, and the match ended in a tie. Hønefoss fell into 12th place and will return to action next Monday against Brann.
Viking Stavanger 0 - 0 Rosenborg Trondheim
Being outplayed for most of the match, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg escaped with a tie against Viking on Sunday.
Diskerud started and went 60 minutes in central midfield, playing a holding role.
In the first half, Rosenborg dominated possession but couldn't create many chances, while Viking relied on the counterattack and created multiple scoring opportunities. Still, the match remained scoreless at halftime, despite Rosenborg hitting the post once and Viking clunking two shots off the crossbar.
In the second half, Viking increasingly took more and more control of the match, and if not for a fair share of saves by Rosenborg goalkeeper Daniel Örlund, the home team should have taken the lead. Instead, it ended in a tie.
Rosenborg held onto second place but dropped two points further behind Tippeligaen-leader Strømsgodset. The Trolls Kids return to action Thursday against Crusaders on Thursday in Europa League qualification.
Ranheim 0 - 2 FK Bodø/Glimt
Zarek Valentin continued their dominance in the Adeccoligaen with a road win against Ranheim on Sunday.
Valentin continued to play at his usual right back, starting and going the distance in a match in which he had little to do.
While Ranheim's offense was non-existent in the first half, Bodø/Glimt managed to get a lead in the 37th minute. Ranheim tried to clear the ball, but instead it ended up with Papa Alioune Ndiaye. Ndiaye rounded a Ranheim defender and let a 22-yard shot fly into the back of the net.
That scoreline held until the 83rd minute, when Bodø/Glimt doubled its lead. Vegard Braaten got behind the defense on a through ball and beat the Ranheim goalkeeper one-on-one.
With the win, Bodø/Glimt increased its lead atop the Adeccoligaen to five points, and the team returns to action Wednesday against Haugesund in the quarterfinals of the NM Cup.
Ullensaker/Kisa 4 - 0 Mjøndalen IF
Ullensaker/Kisa capitalized on defensive mistake to route Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen on Sunday
Bernstein started at right back and played 37 minutes before leaving the match in the losing effort.
In the first seven minutes, Ullensaker/Kisa dropped three goals on the away team before Bernstein and Co. knew what hit them. It started in the second minute, when Ole Kristian Langas beat Mjøndalen goalkeeper Ivar Andreas Forn one-on-one.
Langas added another goal two minutes later, getting on the other end of an Ahmed Suleiman cross and heading it home. Then, in the seventh minute, Kristian Flittie Onstad let a ball go by him, expecting Forn to come to the ball, but the Mjøndalen goalkeeper did not. That allowed Christian Aas to run onto the ball and score onto a wide-open net.
Ullensaker/Kisa didn't score again until the second half, but like in the first half, the home team scored not too long after the whistle. In the 47th minute, Suleiman sent in another cross, and Aas met it with his head to score past a helpless Forn.
That was the last bit of action in the match, as Ullensaker/Kisa cruised to the big win. With the loss, Mjøndalen stayed in 11th place in the Norwegian second division, and the team plays Wednesday against Molde in the NM Cup quarterfinal action.
Anthony Avalos played the final 19 minutes in Vard Haugesund's 3-0 loss to Elverum on Sunday