RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt went down with a hamstring injury, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen continued to march toward promotion with a win this weekend in Norway.
Vålerenga Oslo 4 - 0 Sandnes Ulf
Vålerenga recorded a huge win over Sandnes Ulf Friday.
American forward Chad Barrett played 61 minutes in the winning effort.
Vålerenga blew open this one early, starting the scoring in the 10th minute. Mohammed Fellah lead the counterattack from a Sandnes corner and passed to Pape Diamanka, whose shot hit the post. Simon Larsen was there to clean up the rebound into an empty net, though.
Vålerenga doubled its lead six minutes later. Torgeir Børven took a bad first touch from a Fellah pass before twisting his body and soemhow firing a low shot home from 15 yards out.
Sandnes Ulf's disastrous start wasn't over, despite the two early goals. In the 21st minute, Fellah dribbled from the halfway line to just outside the 18-yard box and let a shot fly into the top of the net.
With the game practically decided by that point, Vålerenga slowed down the tempo for the rest of the game. The team added another goal in the 67th minute, when Arron Olanare used a miscommunication at the back by Sandnes Ulf to easily slide a goal past goalkeeper Aslak Falch.
With the win, Vålerenga jumped into seventh place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action September 16th against Brann.
Aalesund FK 2 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss stumbled against Aalesund Sunday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark started once again in net for Hønefoss, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen did not make the bench.
The first 45 minutes saw very little action with only one great chance for either team. Aalesund's Tremaine Stewart shot just wide of Clark's net from 14 yards out in the 21st minute.
Aalesund found its offensive touch in the second half, however, starting in the 50th minute. Stewart shot from a tough angle that went through two Hønefoss defender before ending up at Michael Rojas' feet. Rojas poked the ball into the net from two yards out to give his team the lead.
Aalesund then controlled the game, putting it away in the 80th minute. Jonatan Nation met a Stewart free kick that left Clark unable to make the stop.
With loss, Hønefoss dropped into 10th place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action against Viking September 16th.
Brann 4 - 1 Molde FK
Molde's title defense took a knock Sunday, as the team collapsed late against Brann.
American winger Josh Gatt start and played 64 minutes at right wing for Molde before he left due to a hamstring injury.
Both teams had plenty of chances in the first 45 minutes, but it was the defending champions that managed to find the back of the net. Gatt sent in a low cross from the right wing that found Davy Angan in the box and the Ivorian did not miss from close range, and Molde was in business.
But that changed early in the second half. In the 47th minute, Kim Ojo headed across the six-yard box to Amin Askar, who let the ball go through to get away from his defender. From eight yards away, he beat Molde goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen one-on-one.
With Gatt signaling an injury and coming out in the 64th minute, Molde started to collapse.
Off a corner in the 67th minute, Erik Mjelde headed back toward the right side of the net, and Simen Wangberg popped up a header over Bugge Pettersen and three Molde defenders for the goal.
Ojo would then put the game away with two goals in the 89th and 91st minutes, completing Brann's comeback.
With the loss, Molde dropped into second place on goal differential to Strømsgodset. The team returns to action against Haugesund September 15th.
Mjøndalen IF 2 - 1 Bodø/Glimt
Thanks to Aziz Idris' two goal performance, Mjøndalen stretched its unbeaten streak to 10 games with its win over Bodø/Glimt Sunday.
American defender Kyle Helton played 90 minutes at right back for Mjøndalen, while Rhett Bernstein did not make the lineup.
Idris gave Mjøndalen the lead in the 15th minute, when Erik Midtgarden took a long pass and found Idris in the box. The central midfielder didn't miss.
Mjøndalen managed to hold onto its slim lead until the 57th minute, when Glimt tied up the game. Tommy Knarvik sent in a cross from the right wing, finding former Mjøndalen player Magnus Olsen who slammed it home.
When the game seemed like it would end in a tie, Idris gave his team the three points. In the 84th minute, Idris rose up and headed home a Stian Ohr free kick inside the box.
Although Idris recorded his second yellow card of the game and got sent off in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Mjøndalen held on for the win.
With the win, Mjøndalen jumps into a tie for third place with 36 points. The team returns to action next Sunday against Notodden.
Start Kristiansand 4 - 0 Bærum SK
Bærum's slide continued against league leader Start Sunday.
American defender Sebastian Troupe started and played the full game at right back for Bærum. Villyan Bijev did not make Start's lineup.
Bærum didn't have much of a chance from the getgo, with Start controlling the game. Start scored its first goal in the 22nd minute. Espen Børufsen passed back to Matthais Vilhjalmsson, who slotted home to a wide-open net.
Start then doubled its lead right before halftime. In the 41st minute, Vilhjalmsson waited with the ball before Espen Hoff joined him in attack. Hoff received the Vilhjalmsson pass, took a few touches and fired into the back of the net.
The second half saw more of the same, with Start scoring its third goal in the 52nd minute. Glenn Andersen ended up with the ball off a corner and sent a deflected shot into the net.
Start finished the scoring in the 64th minute with a wonder goal. Ernest Asante passed to Solomon Owello at the edge of the 18-yard box, and Owello curled hist shot into the opposite corner of the net.
Start had no problem holding on from that point for the win.
With the loss, Bærum falls to 14 points out of safety with 10 games to go. The team returns to action Sunday against Bryne.