Norwegian Eliteserien 2017 – Round 12 Review

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Updated: June 4, 2017
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Right another round has been and gone in Norway’s top flight, also Round Three of the Cup took place in the Last week but before we review that let’s take a look at the latest goings on in the league:-

Saturday 3rd June
Tromsø 2 Valerenga 4 Att: 3,539
Visitors Valerenga put in a devastating first half performance to stun hosts Tromsø at the Alfheim Stadion on Saturday afternoon. Johatan Tollas Nation put the visitors on their way after seven minutes and it was two in the 16th minute when Ghayas Zahid netted for the side from Oslo. Bard Finne then made it three two minutes later and when Zahid added a fourth in the 25th minute a cricket score looked likely. However the hosts to their credit rallied and netted a goal back in the 63rd minute through Aron Sigurdarson before netting another with fifteen minutes remaining through Mikael Ingebrigtsen however the points ultimately went to the visitors.

Stabæk 2 Lillestrom 4 Att: 3,604
Visitors Lillestrom came from behind early in the second half to take a terrific win at Nadderud against Stabæk. Erling Knudtzon had put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute but the hosts levelled right on half time through Hakon Skogseid before they led seconds into the second period through Tonny Brochmann. Lillestrom though fought back and saw Brochmann level in the 56th minute and then Frode Kippe put the men from Arasen ahead with twenty minutes remaining. And with five minutes left they sealed the points when Simen Rafn netted a fourth goal for the visitors and handed Stabæk a surprise home defeat.

Sunday 4th June
Rosenborg 3 Stromsgodset 1 Att: 15,974
Hosts Rosenborg maintained their one point lead at the top by getting back to winning ways in the league by defeating struggling Godset at Lerkendal. An own goal from K
Jakob Glesnes in the eighth minute put the Champions on their way and in the 16th minute Matthias Vilhjalmsson doubled the hosts lead. Vilhjalmsson then made it three eight minutes into the second half and although Eirik Ulland Andersen netted a goal back for the visitors from Drammen, it was merely a consolation and the hosts took the points.

Sarpsborg 08 1 Molde 0 Att: 4,648
Hosts Sarpsborg are now second on their own, two clear of Brann in third place, after they defeated Molde at the Sarpsborg Stadion to continue their wonderful season so far. Patrick Mortensen struck just past the hour mark to settle this contest and see the hosts remain just a point behind leaders Rosenborg.

Aalesund 0 Haugesund 1 Att: 5,764
Shuaibu Lalle Ibraham netted in the ninth minute to give Haugesund a surprise win at the Color Line Stadion against Aalesund. The result sees the hosts email fifth whilst Haugesund find themselves in tenth and two points above the bottom three.

Sogndal 3 Sandefjord 2 Att: 2,463
Hosts Sogndal are up to ninth after they twice came from behind to defeat ten man Sandefjord in a thriller at the Fosshaugane Campus. An own goal from Kjetil Waehler had the visitors ahead in the 15th minute but Sogndal levelled a minute later through Martin Ramsland. Andre Sodlund restored Sandefjord’s lead six minutes before the break however their afternoon started to go downhill when Christer R.Hansen was sent off right on half time, meaning the visitors would have to play the entire second half with a man less, and then saw Gilbert Koomson level from the spot following the infringement. However it looked as though the visitors would claim a decent point until Bendik Bye netted a stoppage time winner for the hosts and meant Sandefjord are now 12th and just a point above the bottom three.

Viking 2 Kristiansund BK 1 Att: 7,261
Patrick Pedersen netted a stoppage time winner for bottom side Viking as they grabbed only their second league win of the season after defeating Kristiansund BK at the Viking Stadion. Kwesi Appiah’s 55th minute penalty gave the hosts a vital lead but saw it wiped out just seven minutes later when Jean Alassane Mendy netted for the visitors. However with time running out Pedersen netted what could be a massive goal for the struggling Stavanger outfit and give them the points, leaving them just five points from safety and feeling much better about themselves after last week’s demoralising defeat. Kristiansund BK now slip into the bottom two following this painful loss.

Odd 0 Brann 0 Att: 7,828
The eagerly awaited Sunday night battle at the Skagerak Arena between fourth placed Odd and third placed Brann at kick off failed to produce any goals as the sides played out a goal less draw, meaning the sides remain where they began the match, fourth and third respectively.

Top Goalscorers after Round Twelve:-
Ohi Omoijuanfo (Stabæk) 9
Mos (Aalesund) 7
Tonny Brochmann (Stabæk) 6
Patrick Mortensen (Sarpsborg 08) 6
Martin Ramsland (Sogndal) 5

Fixtures for Round Thirteen:-
Saturday 17th June
Kristiansund BK Vs Aalesund

Sunday 18th June
Lillestrom Vs Viking
Haugesund Vs Rosenborg
Molde Vs Tromsø
Sandefjord Vs Sarpsborg 08
Sogndal Vs Odd
Valerenga Vs Stromsgodset

Monday 19th June
Brann Vs Stabæk

Last week also saw the Third Round (Last 32) of the Cup take place so here is how the sixteen ties went:-

Wednesday 31st May
Bodo/Glimt 2 Elverum 2 (aet; Elverum won 7-6 on penalties) Att: 614
OBOS-Ligaen leaders Bodo/Glimt lost for only the second time this season after falling to fellow First Division side Elverum on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The visitors broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes left through Amor Layoni but then saw the hosts level through Joachim Osvold in stoppage time, taking the tie to extra time. Ulrik Saltnes then put the hosts ahead in the 99th minute before Carlos Gaete levelled with seven minutes of extra time remaining, taking the tie to penalty kicks, which the visitors won 7-6 to progress into the Last 16 of the competition.

Egersund 1 Haugesund 2 (aet) Att: 1,024
Eliteserien side Haugesund squeezed past Second Division Egersund after extra time to progress into Round Four of the Cup. A goal less ninety minutes meant an extra half hour and in the 103rd minute the visitors found a way through thanks to Marcel Wawrzynkiewicz’s own goal and then doubled their advantage eight minutes later through Shuaibu Lalle Ibrahim. Egersund, who knocked Viking out in the previous round, did get one with two minutes left through Sondre Norheim however they could not find a leveller and so the visitors went through.

Floro 2 Sogndal 1 Att: 1,209
First Division Floro knocked out Eliteserien Sogndal to progress through to the next round of the Cup. A Christer Husa own goal just before the hour put the visitors ahead but the hosts responded through Rashad Muhammed two minutes later before Simen Solheim netted the winner midway through the second half to send the OBOS-Ligaen side through.

Floya 1 Tromso 3 Att: 882
Tromso are into the Last 16 after defeating Second Division Floya at the Floya Arena. Thomas Lehne Olsen put the visitors ahead right on half time and then the lead was doubled just before the hour mark thanks to ex Blackburn Rovers striker Morten Gamst Pedersen before they made it three in the 65th minute through Mikael Ingebrigtsen’s strike. Christoffer Tian Olsen netted a stoppage time consolation strike for the hosts but it was too little too late as the Eliterserien side progressed.

Kjelsas 0 Aalesund 1 Att: 865
An 11th minute strike from Marlinho was enough for Eliterserien Aalesund to knock out Second Division Kjelsas at the Grefsen Stadion and progress into the Last 16 of the competition.

Kongsvinger 0 Sarpsborg 08 4 Att: 1,003
Eliteserien Sarpsborg brushed First Division Kongsvinger aside at the Gjemselund Stadion to progress into Round Four of the competition. Patrick Mortensen put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute and then saw this lead doubled two minutes before half time through Matti Lund Nielsen. Ole Jorgen Halvorsen netted Sarpsborg’s third in the 63rd minute and then Kristoffer Zachariassen netted a fourth goal three minutes later to complete the scoring.

Levanger 2 Rosenborg 4 Att: 2,078
Eliteserien leaders and Cup holders Rosenborg saw off OBOS-Ligaen Levanger to progress into the Last 16 of the Cup. A Pal Andre Helland penalty put the visitors ahead nine minutes before half time and then Matthias Vilhjamsson doubled the Trondheim sides lead three minutes before the break. The hosts managed to pull a goal back in the 66th minute through Horenus Tadesse but the visitors then netted a third a minute later through Vilhjamsson before he completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes to go and open up a three goal lead. Robert Stene netted a second for the hosts with a minute to go but it’s the Cup holders who progressed through.

Nest-Sotra 0 Brann 2 Att: 1,515
Two Jakob Orlov goals were enough for Brann to progress at the expense of Nest-Sotra at the Agotnes Stadion. Orlov netted in the 66th and 71st minute for the Eliteserien visitors and means they progress into the Fourth Round.

Notodden 1 Stabaek 4 (aet)
Eliteserien Stabaek eventually saw off Second Division Notodden after extra time to progress into the Fourth Round. The hosts took a shock lead in the 25th minute through Erlend Hustad but the lead was wiped out two minutes later thanks to Moussa Njie’s strike. The hosts were reduced to ten men with nine minutes to go as the game entered extra time. The numerical advantage for the visitors told in the final fifteen minutes as El-Hadji Ba, Alex Nimely and Luc Kassi added further goals to send the visitors through.

Ranheim 0 Kristiansund BK 2 Att: 330
Eliteserien got the better of OBOS-Ligaen at the EXTRA Arena as Kristiansund BK defeated Ranheim to progress into the Last 16. Jean Alassane Mendy put the vistiors ahead in the 49th minute and they extended their lead three minutes later through Daouda Karamoko Bamba and it meant a Fourth Round spot for the visting side.

Ullensaker/Kisa 2 Lillestrom 4 Att: 1,871
Lillestrom evetually saw off a battling Ullensaker/Kisa to progress through to the Fourth Round of the competition. Niklas Sandberg put the hosts ahead in the 18th minute but the visitors responded with two quick goals through Bonke Innocent and Simen Rafn to lead at the half hour mark. Midway through the second period Simen Kind Mikalsen increased Lillestroms lead but with eight minutes remaining Jonas Fjeldberg reduced the arrears, however their was to be no comeback as the visitors sealed their passage into the next round when Ifeanyi Mathew netted with three minutes to go.

Orn-Horten 0 Valerenga 1 (aet) Att: 2,241
Herman Stengal’s 100th minute goal settled this cup tie between Second Division Orn-Horten and Eliteserien Valerenga at the Lystlunden Stadion. The hosts had knocked out Premier Division Sandefjord in the last round and they pushed Valerenga all the way in this one too, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors took their place in Round Four.

Floy 0 Odd 3 Att: 1,852
Two Oliver Berg goals helped Eliteserien Odd progress into the Last 16 after victory over Second Division Floy at the Flekkeroy Kunstgress Colorlinebanen. Berg netted his first in the 21st minute and then doubled their lead five minutes into the second period. Stefan Mladenovic then added a third in the 64th minute as the Skien side progressed into the next round.

Thursday 1st June
KFUM Oslo 1 Molde 2 Att: 1,357
Two goals either side of the hour mark from Fredrik Brustad saw Molde progress in the Cup against KFUM Oslo at the KFUM-Arena. The second division hosts took the lead six minutes before the break through Stian Sortevik however Brustad’s double around the hour mark saw the Eliteserien visitors turn the tie around and send them through to the Last 16.

Mjondalen 2 Stromsgodset 1
OBOS-Ligean Mjondalen came from a goal down at the break to defeat struggling Eliteserien side Stromsgodset at the Isachsen Stadion and progress into the next round of the competition. The visitors took the lead a minute before the break through Marcus Pedersen but the hosts levelled just before the hour through Ousseynou Boye before Amahl William Pellegrino netted what proved to be the winner in the 66th minute and send the First Division side through to the Last 16.

Their is still one Third Round tie to be completed and that is below:-
Wednesday 21st June
Jerv Vs Asane

Here is the draw for the Fourth Round (Last 16) of the Cup:-
Wednesday 9th August
Haugesund Vs Molde
Jerv/Asane Vs Rosenborg
Kristiansund BK Vs Floro
Lillestrom Vs Tromso
Mjondalen Vs Brann
Sarpsborg 08 Vs Odd
Stabaek Vs Aalesund
Valerenga Vs Elverum

That concludes the action for now. There will be a two week break in the Eliteserien now due to the World Cup Qualifiers. I will be in Norway from June 14th to July 2nd so hope to attend Haugesund Vs Rosenborg and Viking Vs Haugesund in Rounds 13 & 14 which I cannot wait for. Anyway for now it’s goodbye

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