RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen continued their hot streak at Notodden, while Sebastian Troupe and Bærum won a wild one against Bryne in a weekend of Adeccoligaen play.
Notodden FK 0 - 2 Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen continued to keep pressure on the top teams in the Adeccoligaen with a goal in the early minutes of each half to beat Notodden Sunday.
American defender Helton started and played the entire game at center back for Mjøndalen, while fellow defender Rhett Bernstein missed the game.
Mjøndalen started the game with a bang, scoring in the third minute. Notodden's Steffen Jenssen and Lars Lien couldn't clear the ball in the box, and Mjøndalen's Pål Alexander Kirkevold made them pay with his ninth goal of the season.
The rest of the half played out balanced between the two teams, although Mjøndalen forced some saves from Notodden goalkeeper Anders Larsen.
The second half saw Mjøndalen take control of all aspects of the proceedings, and in the 61st minute, Mjøndalen put the game to rest, starting with a long Helton throw-in. After hectic play in the box, Anders Karlsen ended up with the ball and scored into an empty net.
Mjøndalen dominated from that point and held on to record its fourth win in a row.
Because third place Sarpsborg also won during the weekend, Mjøndalen retains fourth place with 39 points. The team returns to action next Sunday against Ranheim.
Bærum SK 5 - 4 Bryne FK
Although Seb Troupe and Bærum need a miracle to stay up in the Adeccoligaen, the team pulled off a dramatic upset of Bryne Sunday.
Defender Troupe played the full 90 minutes at right back for Bærum, recording his third yellow card of the season in the 69th minute. He will miss Bærum's next game because of yellow card accumulation.
Things didn't look good for Bærum in the early going, with Bryne taking the lead in the 11th minute. Havard Urstad rose up to meet a Henning Romslo corner, passing to the legs of teammate Kai Risholt, who from six feet out easily scored.
The goal seemed to awaken Bærum, and in the 39th minute, the team equalized. Bryne's Geir Herrem took down Troupe in the box, and Lars Sandbu converted the penalty.
Bærum took its momentum into the second half, scoring three goals in a six-minute span. It started in the 57th minute, when Rozhat Shaswari sent a cross into the box that went through Risholt's legs and landed with Andreas Aalbu. Aalbu didn't miss, giving Bærum its first lead of the game.
Then, in the 60th minute, Aalbu and Shaswari connected yet again, with Shaswari scoring this time around. Aalbu sent in a cross that Shaswari headed underneath Bryne goalkeeper Anders Kristiansen for the goal.
Only two minutes later, Shaswari added his second goal of the game, his shot from 19 yards deflecting off a Bryne defender and going into the net.
Although the team had a three-goal lead, Bærum showed yet again that no lead is safe for it this season. Bryne began its comeback in the 65th minute, when Henrik Breimyr hit a volley from 14 yards away into the top left corner of the goal.
Risholt added his second goal of the game in the 86th minute, and Vegar Landro converted a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time to tie the game.
The frenzied half wasn't over, however, with Bærum scoring the game-winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time. Aalbu received the ball 22 yards away from the goal off a rebound and realized that Kristiansen was nowhere near the line. He lobbed a shot over the defender in front of him and into the back of the net.
Bærum's outlook doesn't change much with the win, as it still sits in last place and 11 points out of safety. The team returns to action next Sunday against Tromsdalen.
American forward Villyan Bijev made the bench for Start's 3-3 tie to Tromsdalen Sunday but did not play.