Norwegian Eliteserien 2017 – Round Nine Review

Updated: May 17, 2017

Tuesday 16th May saw Round Nine of the Norwegian Tippeligaen 2017 take place. Every year it’s a tradition to play on the day prior to their national day, the 17th May, so it’s always a well supported event and a popular time of year in Norway. Here is what happened in Round Nine:-

Tuesday 16th May
Brann 5 Sandefjord 0 Att: 17,009
Bergen side Brann put Sandefjord to the sword at the Brann Stadion after a five goal thrashing in the West Coast. Kristoffer Barmen put the hosts ahead in the fifth minute and the lead was doubled in the 14th minute through Fredrik Haugen. Five minutes before the break Jakob Orlov added a third and a minute later the same man added another as the home side went into the break 4-0 up. The fifth and final goal didn’t arrive until late on when Vidar Jonsson netted for the men in red and gave them a cracking victory as their great start to the season continued.

Valerenga 1 Kristiansund BK 0 Att: 7,226
Oslo side Valerenga saw a goal from Robert Lundstrom eight minutes into the second half settle this contest again Kristiansund BK at the Ullevaal Stadion. The win takes VIF into the top half whilst new boys BK are third bottom.

Haugesund 0 Odd 2 Att: 4,342
Odd closed the gap to Rosenborg to just two points as they recorded victory at Haugesund in Rogaland. Espen Ruud put the Skien visitors ahead in the 29th minute and they doubled their lead six minutes into the second period through a second goal from Ruud and they maintained that lead to take the points. Hosts Haugesund are in 12th following this loss as their difficult start to the season continued.

Lillestrom 1 Sarpsborg 08 2 Att: 5,421
Sarpsborg 08 got back to winning ways after two winless rounds following victory at struggling Lillestrom at the Arasen Stadion. Kristoffer Zachariassen put the visitors ahead six minutes before the break and with just under fifteen minutes remaining they doubled their lead through Patrick Mortensen. Simen Kind Mikalsen added a late consolation for the hosts but they remain in the bottom two after this latest loss.

Molde 1 Sogndal 2 Att: 7,106
Sogndal heaped more misery on Molde after they defeated the hosts at the Aker Stadion to record a terrific victory. Martin Ramsland put the visitors ahead three minutes into the second period and that lead was doubled in the 57th minute through Eirik Schulze although the lead was then immediately reduced when Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson netted for the hosts. However Sogndal held on for a big three points as Molde sunk to tenth in the division, just one place above their opponents.

Viking 1 Aalesund 2 Att: 8,431
Stavanger side Viking saw their miserable season continue after they saw visitors Aalesund come from behind to record victory at the Viking Stadion. An own goal by Vebjorn Hoff gave the struggling hosts the lead but just before the half hour a Mos penalty levelled the contest up. And with just three minutes remaining the visitors netted the winner through Edwin Gyasi and see them in sixth spot, continueing their surprisins start to the campaign.

Rosenborg 1 Tromso 2 Att: 21,112
Tromso are up to ninth after a huge shock win over Rosenborg at the Lerkendal Stadion in Trondheim. Over 21,000 were in attendance and they would of thought the hosts were on their way to another routine victory when Matthias Vilhjalmsson pu the home side ahead, however Tromso had not read the script and levelled through Mikael Ingebrigtsen two minutes before half time and then netted the winner with five minutes to go through Aron Sigurdarson, inflicting the hosts first defeat of the campaign and seeing their lead at the top reduced to just two points.

Stromsgodset 1 Stabaek 2 Att: 6,565
Stabaek popped down the road to Drammen and took all three points against a struggling Stromsgodset at the Marienlyst Stadion. Tonny Brochmann netted ten minutes before half time to give the Nadderud side the lead but saw the hosts level just six minutes later meaning the sides went in level at the break. But with just over ten minutes to go the league top scorer Ohi Omoijuanfo netted the winner for Stabaek and saw them into fifth spot, whilst the hosts are way down in 13th, just above the bottom three.

Here are the table after Round Nine:-
1. Rosenborg 9 6 2 1 14 5 +9 20
2. Odd 9 6 0 3 10 9 +1 18
3. Brann 9 5 2 2 20 7 +13 17
4. Sarpsborg 08 9 5 2 2 19 11 +8 17
5. Stabæk 9 5 2 2 15 10 +5 17
6. Aalesund 9 4 2 3 12 11 +1 14
7. Vålerenga 9 4 1 4 12 13 -1 13
8. Sandefjord 9 4 1 4 12 15 -3 13
9. Tromsø 9 3 3 3 11 12 -1 12
10. Molde 9 3 2 4 13 13 0 11
11. Sogndal 9 3 2 4 12 13 -1 11
12. Haugesund 9 3 2 4 11 13 -2 11
13. Strømsgodset 9 2 3 4 8 13 -5 9
14. Kristiansund BK 9 2 2 5 6 13 -7 8
15. Lillestrøm 9 2 1 6 7 14 -7 7
16. Viking 9 1 1 7 6 16 -10 4

Here are the top goalscorers after Round Nine:-
Ohi Omoijuanfo (Stabaek) 8 (9 games)
Mos (Aalesund) 6 (9 games)
Tonny Brochmann (Stabaek) 5 (9 games)
Patrick Mortensen (Sarpsborg 08) 5 (9 games)
Jakob Orlov (Brann) 4 (7 games)

And here are Round Ten’s fixtures:-
Saturday 20th May
Rosenborg Vs Lillestrom
Sogndal Vs Brann


Sunday 21st May
Sarpsborg 08 Vs Valerenga
Aalesund Vs Sandefjord
Kristiansund BK Vs Haugesund
Tromso Vs Stromsgodset
Odd Vs Molde

Monday 22nd May
Stabaek Vs Viking

That concludes Round Nine, I’ll be back with Round Ten’s action early next week.

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