RECAP: MIDWEEK NORWEGIAN ACTION
The hits just keep on coming for Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek while Hunter Freeman and Start let a two goal lead slip away at home versus Lillestrom.
Rosenborg 2 – 0 Stabaek
A visit to the reigning Eliteserien champions did little to alleviate Stabaek's frustrations as Mikkel Diskerud and company were shutout versus Rosenborg on Wednesday evening at Lerkendahl Stadion is Trondheim.
Stabaek head coach Jan Jonsson changed up his lineup slotting Diskerud, who normally has started out on the wing as the right midfielder, into the central midfielding role.
Diskerud went the full 90 minutes but was unable to help Stabaek snap their winless streak which now stands at four.
Rosenborg were the usual surgical selves and were opportunistic at every turn. The first goal came in the 11th minute when a streaking Mikael Lustig found an unmarked Rade Prica at the top of the penalty area.
Lustig had plenty of time to cross to Prica from the right side and the Rosenborg striker calmly stroked the ball into the back of the net.
Prica and Lustig were up to their old tricks again in the early moments of the second half as the duo combined to double the margin.
Once again it was a run down the right side by Lustig who sent a cross into the area.
Despite being circled by three Stabaek defenders, Prica rose up and smacked the header into the net.
Diskerud and company will hope to get back on the winning trail when they host struggling Brann on Sunday.
Start 2 - 3 Lillestrom
IK Start with defenseman Hunter Freeman lost a close battle with Lillestrom and their second game in a row on Thursday at Sør Arena.
Freeman started in his usual right back position while American Clarence Goodson was replaced with Bard Borgersen at center back. Goodson watched from the stands with an injury he endured in Monday's 2-0 loss at Aalesund.
Start took an early lead with goals in the sixth and 19th minutes by Jesper Mathisen and Mads Stokkilien respectively. It looked like a sure fire Start victory in the 35th minute when Christian Bolanos lined up to take a penalty kick.
But Bolanos missed.
His original shot, low, slow and to the left, was stopped by Lillestrom keeper Stefan Magnusson. The rebound was cleared sky high by the Lillestrom defense and dropped at the feet of Bolanos who ripped a second shot that ricocheted off Lillestrom and out of bounds.
Once the halftime whistle blew, the usual high flying, high scoring, Start attack receded as Lillestrom gained momentum.
It was in the 71st minute that Lillestrom officially took control with a game tying goal by Bjorn Sigurdarson. A bouncing ball, headed back by Arild Sundgot from 30 yards out, went to an attacking Singurdarson who beat two Start defensemen and flicked the ball past a diving Kenneth Høie.
A deal breaking goal by Sundgot in the 81st minute landed Lillestrom with the win and in the Eliteserien's fouth place.
Start, who had a tremendous beginning of their season, have lost three of their last four matches and now, two in a row. They still, however, lead the league in goals scored by a team with 21 and by an individual player, Christer Kleiven with six.
Knut Torum's squad travels to the northernmost part of Norway next where they will face Eliteserien leaders Tromsø on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Steve Clark was forced to sit out with a quad injury and forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen saw action in the waning moments in Honefoss' scoreless draw with Valerenga.
Tyrel Lacey is in the latter stages of recovery from a knee injury and watched on as Lyn defeated Sogndal 3-1 with Joseph Bendik watching from the Sogndal bench as the backup netminder.
Colin Burns watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper in Sarpsborg's emphatic 3-1 win over first place Ranheim.