RECAP: MIDWEEK NORWEGIAN ACTION
Sebastian Troupe and Bærum lost to local rival Asker, while Josh Gatt and Molde and Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabæk survived scares in the second round of the Norwegian Cup.
Asker 5 - 3 Bærum
Bærum crashed out of the Norwegian Cup after losing to local rival Asker Wednesday night.
American defender Sebastian Troupe started at right back for Bærum.
Although being the team from the lower division, Asker ran amok in the first half, scoring three goals. The team's first goal came in the eighth minute, when Balal Arezou was free on the left side of the net. He turned in front of the net to Stian Solberg, who put the team up.
Seven minutes later, Alban Shipsani doubled Asker's lead. His first shot from 16-yards out went straight at the keeper, but he would not be denied the rebound. In the 37th minute, Asker scored for a third time, when Shipsani shot from 21 yards out and into the right corner of the goal.
Asker could have been up more, but Bærum goalkeeper Fredrik Sverstad Eriksen stopped a penalty in the 25th minute.
Despite a horrible first half, Bærum stormed back to score three goals in a 10 minute span.
The first came in the 52nd minute, when Erblin Lullaku scored from two yards out. Rozhat Shaswari added another in the 58th minute, and Mounir El-Masrouri tied the game in the 62nd minute, as he cut through the left side of the defense and beat the goalkeeper with a shot at the near side post.
Unfortunately for Bærum, the joy lasted a mere two minutes before Asker answered. Kevin Nicol stepped up on 21-yard free kick and hammered it into the back of the net.
Asker put the game to bed in the 84th minute, with a penalty from Petter Linstad.
Bærum returns to action in the Adeccoligaen Sunday against Tromsdalen.
Fana 1 - 4 Stabæk IF
Stabæk needed an extra 30 minutes of play but pulled away from Fana late in order to advance to the third round.
Americans Sean Cunningham and Ricardo Clark started and played 120 minutes for Stabæk at center back and right midfielder, respectively.
It took nearly 75 minutes before a team was able to score. In the 74th minute, Clark found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper after a pass from Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, and the on-loan midfielder gave his team the lead.
That was short lived, however, when Niklas Lerpold converted a penalty in the 77th minute.
With the teams knotted up at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game went into extra time, but that's when things went south for Fana.
Stabæk scored three times in the extra periods, including Fredrik Brustad's goal in the 105th minute, right before the break. Brustad added another in the 106th minute, as he found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Mathias Dyngeland after a counterattack.
The goals seemed to dishearten the home side, who allowed a penalty two minutes later. Franck Boli put to bed any thoughts of a comeback by scoring Stabæk's third goal in five minutes of play.
Stabæk returns to Tippeligaen action Saturday when it hosts Molde.
Verdal 0 - 2 Molde FK
Molde survived a scare from third division squad Verdal.
American winger Josh Gatt started and played 76 minutes at left wing for Molde.
With neither team able to muster a goal in regulation, the teams went to overtime.
Vini Dantas gave Molde the lead in the 94th minute, when he fought for the ball in the box and put it past Verdal goalkeeper Andre Gundersen. Jo Inge Berget converted a penalty to put the game out of reach in the 112th minute.
Molde returns to Tippeligaen action Saturday against Stabæk.
Nybergsund IL-Trysil 1 - 4 Hønefoss BK
Despite a compelling first half, Hønefoss pulled away in the second half to move onto the third round of the Norwegian Cup.
American striker Kenneth di Vita Jensen started and played 70 minutes in a forward position, while goalkeeper Steve Clark sat on the bench for Hønefoss.
Nybergsund struck first in the 17th minute. Jonas Enkerud hit a volley over the goalkeeper Lars Stubhaug. Heiner Mora tied the game in the 26th minute off a header.
In the second half, Hønefoss showed the two-division difference between the teams, scoring three unanswered goals.
Two goals occurred within two minutes of each other. In the 53rd minute, Mora headed home a cross from Alexander Groven for his second goal of the match, and in the 55th minute, Mats-André Kaland scored from 21 yards out into the corner of the net.
Joachim Magnussen put the icing on the cake for Hønefoss in the 88th minute, scoring from 12 yards out.
Hønefoss returns to Tippeligaen action Sunday against Odd Grenland.