RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek shot up into the upper reaches of the Tippeligaen standings with a dramatic win over Haugesund while Steve Clark and Hønefoss hung on for a draw at Ranheim.
FK Haugesund 3 - 4 Stabaek IF
Mikkel played the full 90 minutes in Stabaek's midfield on Sunday as they finally came out with the upper hand in a wild goal-fest at Haugesund.
The team needed just 23 seconds to jump to the lead, after a shot from Gilles Mbang Ondo was blocked by the Haugesund keeper, but fell for Veigar Pall Gunnarsson to knock in from close range for the Stabaek lead.
They went up by two in the 25th minute as Alain Junior Ollé Ollé rolled a low shot from the right edge of the six-yard box which bounced in off the far post. Ollé Ollé then made it 3-0 just 11 minutes later, firing from the top edge of area to the far side of goal.
The prospect of lopsided blowout woke up the home team, and they proceeded to launch a remarkable comeback that nearly earned them a point.
Alexander Søderlund first made it 3-1 when he collected the ball on the right side of Stabaek's penalty area and rocketed it to the far post five minutes before the half, then brought the team to within one when he successfully converted a spot kick just before the hour mark.
The Haugesund come-back seemed complete eight minutes before full time in dramatic fashion when Tom Erik Nordberg popped a high no-look shot from the right side towards goal, which flew in just inside the upper left corner, out of the reach of Stabaek's helpless keeper.
The hosts were perhaps too distracted from their celebrations, as Stabaek came right back within seconds and took the lead for good after Gunnarsson was left too much space in Haugesund's area and fired in the winner from six yards out to break the hearts of the hosts.
The win lifts Stabaek up to third in the Tippeligaen standings, equal with Tromsö on points and trailing Strömsgodset IF by only a single point. They will face minnows Hasle-Løren IL in the Norwegian Cup on Wednesday then host last-place Sogndal in league play the following Monday.
Ham-Kam 1 - 2 Bryne FK
HamKam defender Jonathan Borrajo got the start in defense and played the first 83 minutes as the team collapsed in the final seconds in a loss at home to Bryne on Sunday.
Despite the hosts having good multiple chances to take the lead in the first half, they were unable to capitalize and even found themselves behind heading into the half.
A defensive slip-up in the 43rd minute allowed Bryne striker Kai Risholt a clear line on goal with only keeper Ivar Rønningen in his way, and the attacking player made no mistake to give his team the lead.
The score would remain with the visitors holding a one-goal advantage, until the game turned on its head in the final minutes.
HamKam looked to have earned a point in the 88th minute when Pål Kirkevold sent a pass from just inside the 18-yard box to Lars Eirik Bredvold, who sent his shot just to the right of the reach of Bryne keeper Anders Kristiansen.
There was one more act to follow and, unfortunately for HamKam, involved a long free kick by Bryne which was left to sit directly in front of the home team's goal, with Risholt finally doing the deed and slamming the ball over the line for the late 2-1 winner.
The loss drops HamKam down to 14th place, one point within the relegation zone. They should have no problems getting a win in their Norwegian Cup match against lower-league Byåsen IL on Thursday, then will try to break free of the bottom four the following Monday on their visit to Strømmen IF.
Ranheim IL 2 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark put in his usual 90-minute shift in Hønefoss' goal on Sunday, as an action-packed first half saw them draw even with Ranheim IL.
Ranheim struck first in the seventh minute, as Robert Stene stormed towards the Hønefoss goal and launched a rocket which Clark did well to parry, however it fell directly in the perfect place for Christian Saether Moen to put away with an opportunistic header.
Hønefoss drew even in th 20th minute as a low rolling shot by Joachim Magnussen bounced off the left post and was knocked over the line by Rune Bolseth.
They then took the lead 16 minutes later when Bolseth sent a ball from the right side of the penalty area which Magnussen flicked in out of the reach of Ranheim keeper Andreas Lindberg.
The hosts put the game back on even terms right before the half, with Vegard Voll leaping high to head in a corner at the back post.
Both teams pushed for a winner in the second half, with Clark putting in a strong performance to keep Ranheim out of his team's goal, but neither team could break through, forcing each to settle for one point.
The result drops Hønefoss to fourth in the Adeccoligaen standings. They next square off with Asker SK at home on Sunday, but must first get past KFUM Oslo in the second round of the Norwegian Cup on Wednesday.
Neither Josh Gatt nor Sean Cunningham was included in the Molde squad that fell to visiting Rosenborg BK by a 2-0 score on Sunday.
Joseph Bendik was Sogndal's backup keeper on Monday evening for the team's scoreless draw against visiting Viking Stavanger.
Colin Burns was the backup keeper for Sandefjord on Sunday for their 2-1 loss at home to Kongsvinger IL in Superettan play.
Both Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein are listed as out injured by Mjøndalen IF, meaning both missed the team's 1-1 road draw with Randaberg IL on Sunday.