RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud made his Rosenborg debut, while Chad Barrett turned a complete 180 with two assists in Valerenga's win over Odd Grenland
Sogndal IL 0 - 3 Rosenborg Trondheim
Rosenborg won Mikkel Diskerud's debut with the team Sunday.
Diskerud came off the bench for Rosenborg, playing the final 28 minutes of the game.
Sogndal dominated early, before the game evened out. By the time halftime rolled around, it was still scoreless.
The second half started much the same, with Rosenborg becoming more and more dangerous. Then, in the 70th minute, Kenneth Udjus took down Tarik Elyounoussi in the box after he received a pass from Diskerud. Borek Dockal elected to take the penalty which he easily converted.
The same thing happened seven minutes later, with Gustav Valsvik taking down Markus Henriksen this time around. Dockal made Sogndal pay once again, putting the penalty into the back of the net.
John Chibuike added another goal in the 92nd minute. He took advantage of sloppy defensive play, running around the defender, stealing the ball and scoring.
With the win and the Strømsgodset loss, Rosenborg sits only three points off of first place. The team returns to action Aug. 23 against Legia.
Lillestrøm SK 2 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Another late goal denied Hønefoss three points against Lillestrøm Sunday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark started and played the full 90 minutes for Hønefoss, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen made the bench but did not play.
The hosts started out strong, but it was Hønefoss that scored first. In the 15th minute, Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson headed Riku Riski's corner home while going away from the net at eight yards out.
From there, Hønefoss took control of the game and went into halftime up a goal.
It didn't take Lillestrøm long to tie up the game once the second half started, however. In the 50th minute, Pálmi Rafn Pálmason passed to Erling Knudtzon along the goal line. Knudtzon just barely tapped the ball, but it took a bounce over Clark and into the back of the net.
Hønefoss retook the lead in the 64th minute. With possession given away cheaply in its own half, the Lillestrøm defense was in disarray as Riski charged in on goal. Then, from 25 yards out, the Islander placed a shot into the right side of the net.
From there, Hønefoss tried holding on but found it was unsuccessful at the end. In the 91st minute, Mathis Bolly sent a cross from the left wing that found Johan Andersson at the edge of the box. With nobody around him, Andersson shot to the left side of the net and beat Clark's out-stretched hands.
With the tie, Hønefoss drops to sixth place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action Aug. 26 against Tromsø.
Vålerenga Oslo 3 - 1 Odd Grenland Skien
Vålerenga picked up a vital win against Odd Grenland Friday.
American forward Chad Barrett played 77 minutes for Vålerenga, making a much better impression than in his debut.
Barrett had a hand in both of Vålerenga's goals in the first half. In the 14th minute, Barrett shot on goal that forced goalkeeper André Hansen to put a hand on it. The ball deflected onto the head of Morten Berre, who easily scored.
Then, in the 19th minute, Barrett played a give-and-go with Mohammed Fellah in the box to put Fellah alone on net. Fellah shot into Hansen, with the shot bouncing into the air before eventually going into the net.
Vålerenga took that lead into halftime and put the game out of reach early in the second half. In the 55th minute, Simon Larsen crossed to Kristofer Hæstad, who drove feet first into the ball. The shot deflected off the goalkeeper's foot and into the back of the net.
Elbasan Rashani gave Odd Grenland a consolation goal in the 81st minute, but it was too little, too late for Grenland.
With the win, Vålerenga jumped into eighth place. The team returns to action Aug. 26 against Molde.
Sandefjord Fotball 1 - 1 Mjøndalen IF
Mjøndalen missed yet another opportunity to take a hold of the promotion race with a tie on Friday.
American Kyle Helton played the full 90 minutes for Mjondalen, while Rhett Bernstein playes a few minutes in stoppage time.
After a scoreless first half, both teams scored back-to-back in the 51st and 52nd minutes. Cato Hansen gave Sandefjord the lead first, stealing the ball in the midfield and scoring from 19 yards away.
Then, in the 52nd minute, Mjøndalen's Erik Middle Garden scored on the restart by shooting a rocket from 19 yards that got past the goalkeeper and into the net.
The game cooled off after that, and the game ended in a tie.
With the tie, Mjøndalen sits in seventh place with 27 points. The team returns to action Sunday against Alta.
FK Bodø/Glimt 3 - 1 Bærum SK
Bærum lost yet another game against Bodø/Glimt Sunday.
American defender Sebastian Troupe started and played the full 90 minutes at right back for Bærum.
Bærum held on for the first 45 minutes, but two goals right before and right after halftime undid the team.
First, in the first minute of stoppage time in the first half, Tommy Knarvik passed to Christian Berg, who, from eight yards out, smashed the ball into the crossbar and into the net. Then, right out of halftime, Ulrik Berglann spotted an unmarked Knarvik, who slammed home from nine yards out.
Lars Sandbu gave Bærum life in the 54th minute off a 19-yard free kick. He curled the kick over the wall and into the corner of the net for the goal.
Bærum pressed for another goal, but it was Bodø/Glimt that would put the game away in the 83rd minute. Vegard Braaten passed to Alioune Ndiaye, and Ndiaye scored from the penalty the spot.
With the loss, Bærum dropped to 10 points away from safety and still sits in last place in the Adeccoligaen. The team returns to action Sunday against Strømmen.
American winger Josh Gatt was not in the lineup for Molde's 1-0 win over Aalesund Sunday.
American defender Sean Cunningham missed Stabæk's 2-1 victory over Sandnes Ulf Sunday.