RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg's title chances took a hit with a loss to Molde without Josh Gatt, while Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen ended a three-match losing streak.
Odd Grenland Skien 4 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and Hønefoss had a major meltdown in the second half, giving up four goals in a loss to Odd Grenland, on Sunday.
Clark and Co. managed to hold out in the first half, with Clark making a few important saves to keep the match close, but all that changed early in the second half. Starting in the 59th minute, Odd Grenland poured on the goals, including three in a seven-minute span.
The first goal came when Herolind Shala took a chance from distance that was blocked by the Hønefoss defense. The ball drifted into a hole in the defense, and Shala picked it up, shooting low from 13 yards out, past Clark.
Then, in the 64th minute, Niklas Gunnarsson's long throw in landed at the feet of Adem Güven, who turned his defender the wrong way and beat Clark from 6 yards away. Snorre Krogsgård completed the scoring outburst, beating Clark on a breakaway from the right wing in the 66th minute.
The offensive fireworks cooled off after that, but Odd Grenland added another goal late. In the 87th minute, George White got a rebound from a deflected shot and beat Clark to the low left corner.
With the loss, Hønefoss' winless streak stretched to 10 matches, and the team fell into 11th place. Hønefoss returns to action next Sunday against Sandnes Ulf.
Molde FK 2 - 0 Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for Rosenborg but couldn't stop Molde from taking over the title race with the home win.
American winger Josh Gatt did not play for Molde because of yellow card accumulation, but that didn't stop the defending Norwegian champions from taking control offensively- at least in the second half. In the first 45 minutes, Molde struggled to break down a compact Rosenborg defense.
Pape Paté Diouf's goal in the 60th minute changed the complexion of the match. The Molde forward beat his defender to a Mattias Moström cross and headed home the match's first goal from just outside the 6-yard box.
After the goal, Rosenborg pushed for an equalizer and almost got help from Diouf, when the goal-scorer hit Diskerud in the face with a high kick, but the referee decided to give him only a yellow instead of the red card Rosenborg wanted.
Molde's defense held strong, and in the four minutes of stoppage time, Etzaz Hussain scored into an empty net on a counterattack, as Rosenborg put everybody - including the goalkeeper - up on a corner.
With the loss, Rosenborg dropped into second place, three points behind Molde in the Tippeligaen standings. Rosenborg returns to action against Strømsgodset next Sunday, while Molde plays Tromsø Saturday.
Mjøndalen IF 3 - 0 Tromsdalen UIL
Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen ended a three-match losing streak and further cemented a promotion playoff spot win a win over Tromsdalen Sunday.
After missing last week's loss, Helton returned to Mjøndalen's starting lineup, this time at left back. Bernstein made a nine-minute cameo for Mjøndalen late in the second half.
Mjøndalen controlled much of the first half and was rewarded with a goal in the 34th minute. Benjamin Stokke headed a Stian Ohr free down to Erik Midtgarden, who thundered the ball just under the cross bar for the goal.
The home team continued to dominate in the second half and doubled its lead in the 63rd minute through a Bjarne Kortgaard Ingebretsen goal. Vamouti Diomande put the match out of reach five minutes later, with Stokke setting up the Ivorian for the easy goal.
From there, Mjøndalen slowed down and kept the shut out. With the win, Mjøndalen jumped into fourth place with 48 points, three ahead of fifth place Bodø/Glimt. The team returns to action Wednesday against Strømmen.
Notodden FK 2 - 2 Bӕrum SK
In a matchup of two already relegated teams, Sebastian Troupe and Bӕrum tied Notodden Sunday.
Most of the action in this match occurred in the first half, as all four goals were scored in the first 45 minutes. It started in the 11th minute, when Magnus Ask Mikkelsen intercepted a pass in the midfield and found Rozhat Shaswari with a pass. Shaswari took a few touches before giving Bӕrum the lead.
But as is custom for Bӕrum, that lead didn't last long. Notodden's Borgar Velta tied the match in the 20th minute off the penalty, and in the 24th minute, Alexander Victor Nynes gave Notodden the lead off a counterattack from a Bӕrum corner.
Mikkelsen, though, got Bӕrum back into the match just before halftime, heading in a corner from Lars Sandbu in the 42nd minute.
In the second half, neither team took the initiative and settled for the tie in the end. With the tie, Bӕrum held onto 14th place in the Adeccoligaen, and the team returns to action next Sunday against Ranheim.
Ullensaker/Kisa IL 3 - 1 IL Hødd
Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Ullensaker/Kisa put themselves in prime position to take the last promotion playoff spot with a win over Hødd Sunday.
The visiting team controlled most of the possession, but Ullensaker/Kisa was more efficient with the ball, converting their scoring chances. The first came in the second minute, when Simen Kind Mikalsen got a clearance from the Hødd defense and hammered home from 12 yards.
The home team took the one-goal lead into halftime and doubled its lead early in the second half. Pål André Helland sent in a cross that somehow sneaked past Hødd goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland in the 53rd minute.
Ullensaker/Kisa went back to defending for the rest of the match, but the team did add another goal late. In the 90th minute, di Vita Jensen passed to Steevan Dos Santo, who put the ball into the back of the net.
With the win, Ullensaker/Kisa now sits in sixth place in the Adeccoligaen, the last promotion playoff position. The team returns to action next Sunday against Hamarkameratene.
Forward Chad Barrett didn't come off the bench for Vålerenga in the team's 1-0 win over Tromsø Sunday.
Brendan King made Alta's bench but did not play in the team's 0-0 tie against Hamarkameratene Sunday.
American forward Villyen Bijev didn't feature in Start's 5-0 loss to Bodø/Glimt.