RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud returned to Rosenborg following the Gold Cup and continued his winning ways, while Steve Clark and Hønefoss conceded four goals in the first 35 minutes in a big loss to Aalesund.
Hønefoss BK 2 - 5 Aalesund FK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss dug themselves too deep a hole early as Aalesund blew them out on Sunday.
Clark started and went the distance in the losing effort.
Aalesund took the lead in the 13th minute through a great shot. From 22 yards away, Michael Barrantes fired a knuckler that wound through some traffic and went into the top left corner of the net.
The wheels came off for Hønefoss in a two-minute span, as Aalesund scored two goals in quick succession to take control of the match. In the 20th minute, Clark punched out a Fredrik Carlsen corner, only for the ball to end up with Jo Nymo Matland, whose shot from outside the box went into the wide-open net.
In the 21st minute, Hamed Allah netted his eighth goal of the season, as he received a through pass before dribbling around a defender going to his left and slotting home the shot.
Hønefoss' day got even worse, with Aalesund taking a four-goal lead in the 35th minute. Allah ran into the box, had multiple defenders collapse on him at the left side of the box and centered the ball for Leke James. James' shot didn't leave the ground and went through Clark's five-hole as he tried to charge and make himself big to stop the shot.
Alexander Solli gave Hønefoss a reason to hope that the team could come back with a goal in the 55th minute. His 31-yard free kick went off of Aalesund goalkeeper Sten Grytebust's hands, but the speed of the ball carried it into the back of the net.
Solli scored off another free kick, keeping his second goal low and beating Grytebust on near side of the net from the left. Aalesund held on from that point and added another goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time, with a Matland freek kick setting up Peter Orry Larsen.
With the loss, Hønefoss dropped into the last direct relegation position in the Tippeligaen standings. The team returns to action next Sunday at Haugesund.
Rosenborg Trondheim 2 - 0 Sogndal IL
After returning from the Gold Cup, Mikkel Diskerud came on at the start of the second half to help Rosenborg see out a 2-0 win over Sogndal.
Following a comical situation in which Rosenborg goalkeeper Daniel Örlund almost scored on himself, Tore Reginiussen gave Rosenborg the lead in the ninth minute, accelerating through the central midfield and eventually letting off a thunderous shot from 26 yards away that snuck inside the right post. This led to Rosenborg dominating possession for the rest of the first half.
With Rosenborg struggling to break through the compact Sogndal defense, Rosenborg coach Per Joar Hansen inserted Diskerud to inject some creativity, and he created a few chances for the home, but it remained a one-goal match until the 87th minute. Off a Tobias Mikkelsen corner, Nicki Bille Nielsen picked up the low ball through some traffic, controlled it and hammered a shot from the penalty spot into the back of the net.
With the win, Rosenborg held onto first place in the Tippeligaen heading into the team's showdown next Sunday with second-place Strømsgodset