RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg surrender a late lead, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen took sole possession of second place in the Adeccoligaen with their win over Sebastian Troupe and Bærum.
Brann Bergen 2 - 1 Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg collapsed against Brann Sunday, allowing two late goals by a 17-year-old substitute.
Despite having many chances in the first half, Rosenborg couldn't find the back of the net, blowing shots by going wide or straight at the goalkeeper. The game went into halftime scoreless.
Early in the second half, though, Rosenborg found the mark. After building up play along the left side in the 55th minute, Mikael Dorsin put John Chibuike through on the goalkeeper, and Chibuike slid the ball through Piotr Leciejewski's five-hole from six yards away.
Rosenborg seemed to park the bus after the goal, but that turned out to be a huge mistake with the introduction of local boy Bård Finne. Introduced in the 83rd minute, the 17-year-old scored two goals in four minutes to give his team the three points.
First, in the 86th minute, Finne picked up a rebound from a Kristoffer Larsen shot and slammed it into the top of the net from close range. Then, in the 89th minute, Kim Ojo outran Daniel Örlund and a Rosenborg defender to a ball to set up a two-on-one and passed to Finne for the game-winner.
Although the team lost, Rosenborg sits in third place, two points back of league leader Molde. The team returns to action Friday against Haugesund.
Bærum SK 0 - 3 Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen took control of their own destiney with a dominating win over Sebastian Troupe and Bærum Sunday.
Both Helton and Troupe went the distance in defense for their respective teams, while Mjøndalen's Rhett Bernstein missed due to injury.
Bærum started out the stronger team, but being unable to capitalize on its chances hurt. Against the run of play in the 29th minute, Morten Sundli headed in a Stian Ohr corner into the top left corner of the net.
Mjøndalen took the lead into the halftime and built upon it in the 60th minute. Bærum's Amahl Pellegrino broke up a free kick from Erik Midtgarden, only to have the ball end up with Mjøndalen's Anders Karlsen, and Karlsen made him pay from 23 yards out.
Things turned ugly for Bærum in the 64th minute, when Morten Ruud Irgens received a red card for taking down Pål Alexander Kirkevold in the box. Kirkevold missed the penalty, but the damage was irreversible.
In the 85th minute, Mjøndalen added another, with Midtgarden's shot deflecting off Adrian Paul and going into the net.
The win puts Mjøndalen into second place, though playing one game more than third place Sarpsborg. The team returns to Sunday against Sarpsborg.
Despite the loss, Bærum still sits in 15th place, 10 points out of safety. The team returns to action Sunday against HamKam.
Sarpsborg 08 FF 2 - 1 Ullensaker/Kisa IL
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa couldn't finish a late comeback against Sarpsborg Sunday, with the forward playing the full 90 minutes.
Sarpsborg controlled the first half, starting right from the opening kick. The team pressured for a goal and found its first in the 11th minute, when Michael Røn, facing away from goal, passed to Morten Giæver. From just outside the 18-yard box, Giæver hammered the ball into the back of the net.
In the 27th minute, Sarpsborg doubled its lead through Øyvind Hoås. Left back Claes Jørgensen hit a low ball hard to the front post, where Hoås deflected it into the back of the net.
With a two-goal lead going into halftime, Sarpsborg backed off a little, which saw Ullensaker/Kisa have more goal-scoring chances. Those chances weren't converted, however, until the 89th minute. Kim Holmen sent in a cross that, instead of meeting a player, hit the post and bounced back to Martin Rosenkilde, who put it into a wide-open net.
Ullensaker/Kisa spent injury time searching for the game-tying goal, but it wasn't meant to be.
With the loss, Ullensaker/Kisa falls to ninth place. The team returns to action Sunday against Ranheim.
A pair of Americans faces off Monday, when Chad Barrett and Vålerenga host Steve Clark and Hønefoss.
American winger Josh Gatt missed Molde's 0-0 tie to Odd Grenland Sunday with a hamstring injury.
Sean Cunningham missed Stabæk's 1-0 loss to Fredrikstad Sunday because of a hip injury.
American Villyan Bijev made his Norwegian debut, playing the last 11 minutes in Start's 2-1 win over Hødd Sunday.