RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud scored his first league goal of the season for Rosenborg, while Rhett Bernstein's return couldn't help Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen against Sarpsborg.
Rosenborg Trondheim 5 - 2 FK Haugesund
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg exploded for five goals in the second half to rock Haugesund Friday night.
The American played the full 90 minutes and recorded his first yellow card in the 24th minute, breaking up a clear goal scoring opportunity for Haugesund's Feller Geir Ludvig Fevang.
In the midst of a title race, the game meant more to Rosenborg, but it didn't show from the start. Haugesund took the lead in the 17th minute, when a corner somehow bounced through the six-yard box and ended up with Fevang. The Haugesund player didn't miss from six-yards out.
Haugesund took that lead into halftime, but Rosenborg came roaring out of the break. In the 46th minute, Borek Dockal sent a corner that Per Verner Rønning headed toward goal. The shot went off the shoulder of Haugesund's Alexander Søderlund and into the back of the net.
Rosenborg then took its first lead of the game in the 55th minute, when Dockal curled a 19-yard free kick into the left side of the net, and Rade Prica gave Rosenborg a two-goal lead in the 68th minute, after a long kick from Rosenborg goalkeeper Daniel Örlund bounced backwards off Vegard Skjerve. Prica hit the volley into the back of the net from 11 yards away.
Haugesund didn't go away quietly, and in the 73th minute, Fevang pulled his team to within one, once again beating Örlund with a header off a corner. That hope was short lived, though, with Rosenborg scoring twice in the last 10 minutes of the game.
First, in the 82nd minute, John Chibuike picked up a rebound from five yards out and slid it underneath Per Morten Kristiansen. Then, in the 88th minute, Diskerud scored his first Tippeligaen goal of the season, running in front of his defender to meet a Christian Gamboa low cross and hitting it in with his left leg from close range.
Despite the win, Rosenborg gained no ground on the two teams above it, as both Molde and Strømsgodset won. The team still sits in third and returns to action Thursday in its second Europa League group game against Leverkusen.
Hønefoss BK 0 - 0 Sogndal IL
Steve Clark recorded his first shutout in eight games to save a point for Hønefoss against Sogndal Sunday.
After a dull first half that score very few chances, Clark was called into action early and often in the final 45 minutes. The American goalkeeper made multiple important saves, including one off a Ruben Holsæter shot in the 70th minute that he palmed away for a corner.
Clark made another game-saving block six minutes from the end, when Sogndal's Ricardo Santos got behind the defense and had a clear shot on the net. The American made a diving fingertip save, and that was the last good chance for either side.
With the tie, Hønefoss holds onto ninth place with 31 points. The team returns to action Sunday against
Mjøndalen IF 0 - 2 Sarpsborg 08 FF
Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen lost the game, their 13-game unbeaten streak and their chances to own their promotion destiny against Sarpsborg Sunday.
Bernstein returned to the starting lineup after a month break because of injury, but he couldn't help shore up the Mjøndalen defense in 69 minutes of work. Helton played the full 90 minutes.
Sarpsborg came out the aggressors, and it paid off in the 17th minute. Martin Wiig stole the ball off Helton by the corner flag and scored from a bad angle once he got closer to the net.
The away team didn't stop there and came close to doubling its lead, but Sarpsborg only took a one-goal lead into halftime. The team didn't wait long in the second half for the second goal, as Mohamed Elyounoussi's through ball put Wiig alone on net, and Wiig delivered again for his team.
From there, Sarpsborg continued to put the Mjøndalen defense into disarray, although not scoring any more goals. Meanwhile, Mjøndalen didn't trouble Sarpsborg goalkeeper Haraldur Björnsson, and the visiting team took the three points.
With the loss, Mjøndalen dropped into fourth place with 45 points. The team returns to action Sunday against Start.
Ullensaker/Kisa IL 1 - 0 Ranheim IL
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa held on for the win against Ranheim Sunday.
Ullensaker/Kisa controlled much of the early going, taking the lead in the 29th minute. Truls Jørstad put Steevan Humberto Fortes Dos Santos through on net, and Dos Santos beat Even Barli, who had no chance to stop the shot.
Ullensaker/Kisa took the one-goal lead into halftime and picked up where it left off early in the second half, but Ranheim found its rhythm late in the game. Ranheim started to create openings in the Ullensaker.Kisa defense, but the team lacked the final touch in the attacking third and couldn't get the equalizer.
With the win, Ullensaker/Kisa sits in ninth place, and the team returns to action Sunday against Strømmen.
Hamarkameratene 3 - 1 Bærum SK
Sebastian Troupe and Bærum continued its march into the Norwegian third division with yet another loss against HamKam Sunday.
As has been a trend for Bærum this season, the team came out lively but couldn't find anything to show for it, and it turned out to bite the team. In the 15th minute, Tore Andreas Gundersen converted a penalty to give HamKam the lead after Thomas Olsen was taken down in the box.
HamKam took the lead into halftime and doubled it in the 59th minute. Olsen crossed the ball into the box, with John Anders Rise rising up to head it inside the near post.
Bærum didn't go quietly, with Edo Colic scoring in the 78th minute to make the game interesting. Colic headed home Mounir El-Masrouri's deep corner into the center of the net.
The away team pressed for a goal, trying to steal a point, but in the third minute of stoppage game, HamKam put the game away. Truls Mower sent a pass that put Tore Andreas Gundersen alone on net, and Gundersen chipped his shot over the goalkeeper.
With the loss, Bærum dropped into last place in the Adeccoligaen after a two-week hiatus, and the team returns to action Sunday against Alta.
Josh Gatt did not dress for Molde's 4-3 win over Stabæk Sunday. Defender Sean Cunningham also missed for Stabæk because of a hip injury.
Villyan Bijev made Start's bench but didn't come off it in the team's 3-0 win over Bryne Sunday.