Norwegian Eliteserien 2017 – Round 18 Review

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Updated: August 8, 2017
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So after a three week break the Eliterserien returned at the beginning of August so here is what went on in Round 18:-
Saturday 5th August
Rosenborg 4 Kristiansund BK 1 Att: 17,214
The hosts bounced back from their midweek disappointment in Europe to defeat struggling Kristiansund BK at Lerkendal. Pal Andre Helland netted a 13th minute opener before Nicklas Bendtner converted a spot kick six minutes before half time to double the league leaders advantage. The visitors did grab a goal back just before the hour through Daouda Karamoko Bamba however a second from Bendtner fifteen minutes from time and another strike from Milan Jevtovic a minute later settled the contest and saw the hosts maintain their five point lead at the top.

Sunday 6th August
Sarpsborg 08 2 Haugesund 1 Att: 4,396
Sarpsborg came from a goal down at the break to defeat Haugesund at the Sarpsborg Stadion. An own goal by Sigurd Rosted in the 33rd minute gave the visitors the half time lead but another own goal, this time from Marko Cosic, levelled the contest after 63 minutes. The match looked to be heading for a draw until Ole Jorgen Halvorsen netted in stoppage time to give the second placed side all three points.

Odd 2 Sogndal 1 Att: 6,433
Two goals in the opening half hour were enough for Odd to take all three points against Sogndal at the Skagerak Arena. Martin Broberg netted after just three minutes and then Jone Samuelsen doubled the home sides lead in the 27th minute from the spot and despite Eirik Schulze netting one back for the visitors with just over ten minutes left it wasn’t enough for Sogndal to avoid defeat.

Stabaek 1 Sandefjord 3 Att: 3,310
Sandefjord are into the top half after defeating Stabaek at Nadderud. The visitors took a 17th minute lead through Flamur Kastrati to lead at the break but with just over twenty minutes left Stabaek had a chance to level from the spot however Ohi Omoijuanfo missed the penalty and five minutes after this the visitors doubled their lead through Joackim Olsen Solberg. Hakon Skogseid did pull one back with seven minutes remaining however Facunda Rodriguez sealed the points for Sandefjord in stoppage time with a clinching third.

Tromso 1 Molde 2 Att: 3,812
Molde are up to third after they came from behind to defeat Tromso at the Alfheim Stadion. Thomas Lehne Olsen put the hosts ahead after 25 minutes but the lead lasted only two minutes when Sander Svendsen levelled the match up. And with thirteen minutes left Erling Braut Haland netted the winner for the visitors and it also meant Tromso sunk to the foot of the table as a result.

Viking 2 Lillestrom 2 Att: 8,052
Viking are off the bottom of the table for the first time this season after they fought back from two goals down to salvage a point at home to Lillestrom. Fredrik Krogstad’s 19th minute penalty and Mats Haakenstad’s goal a minute before the break had the visitors two goals up but the hosts fought back with goals from Samuel Adegbenro on the hour mark and Tommy Hoiland eight minutes later to grab a precious point.

Aalesund 3 Brann 3 Att: 5,736
Brann have dropped to fourth after they threw away a 3-1 lead with eight minutes to go to drop points against Aalesund at the Color Line Stadion. Goals from Jakob Orlov and Kristoffer Barmen had the visitors 2-0 up in 12 minutes before a Thanasis Papazoglou penalty reduced the arrears nine minutes before the break. Barmen netted his second for the visitors midway through the second half but a Mos penalty with eight minutes remaining and another Mos strike in stoppage time salvaged a point for the hosts.

Monday 7th August
Stromsgodset 2 Valerenga 0 Att: 6,836
Two early goals saw Godset to victory over local rivals VIF at the Marienlyst Stadion. Marcus Pedersen netted the opener in the fifth minute before the lead was doubled by Bassel Jradi midway through the first half, and the victory put a little daylight between the Drammen side and the bottom three as a result.

Latest Table after Round 18:-
1. Rosenborg 18 11 5 2 37 14 +23 38
2. Sarpsborg 08 18 9 6 3 29 17 +12 33
3. Molde 18 9 4 5 30 20 +10 31
4. Brann 18 7 7 4 33 17 +16 28
5. Haugesund 17 7 4 6 21 19 +2 25
6. Odd 17 7 4 6 14 19 -5 25
7. Stabæk 18 7 4 7 27 33 -6 25
8. Sandefjord 18 7 3 8 24 29 -5 24
9. Aalesund 18 6 5 7 24 24 0 23
10. Lillestrøm 18 6 5 7 27 28 -1 23
11. Vålerenga 17 6 5 6 22 23 -1 23
12. Strømsgodset 18 5 7 6 22 25 -3 22
13. Sogndal 18 5 5 8 21 28 -7 20
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14. Kristiansund BK 18 4 6 8 23 32 -9 18
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15. Viking 18 3 5 10 19 30 -11 14
16. Tromsø 17 3 5 9 17 32 -15 14

Top Goalscorers after Round 18:-
Ohi Omoijuanfo (Stabaek) 12
Mos (Aalesund) 10
Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Molde) 10
Milan Jevtovic (Rosenborg) 8
Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg) 8

Next weekend’s fixtures:-
Friday 11th August
Sandefjord Vs Sogndal

Saturday 12th August
Molde Vs Rosenborg

Sunday 13th August
Brann Vs Odd
Aalesund Vs Viking
Haugesund Vs Stabaek
Kristiansund BK Vs Sarpsborg 08
Stromsgodset Vs Lillestrom

Monday 14th August
Valerenga Vs Tromso

Whilst the Eliterserien took a break, Rosenborg and Odd were in European action, here is how they both fared:-
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round
First Leg
Celtic 0 Rosenborg 0 Att: 49,172
Celtic and Rosenborg remained goalless after the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. Vegar Eggen Hedenstad’s free-kick tested Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon and Rosenborg’s Yann-Erik de Lanlay fired over from close range. James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong threatened for Celtic but they struggled to create openings. And Gordon was called upon to make another save late on, denying substitute Matthias Vilhjalmsson meaning the tie would still be in the balance heading to the second leg in Trondheim.

Second Leg
Rosenborg 0 Celtic 1 (Celtic won 1-0 on aggregate) Att: 20,974
James Forrest’s outstanding strike from a tight angle saw off a dogged Rosenborg side to secure Celtic’s place in the Champions League play-off round. The visitors created the better opportunities in a goalless first half but had to survive a spell of Rosenborg pressure after the interval. Celtic’s patience was rewarded when Forrest lashed the ball in from the right of the area after 69 minutes. Rosenborg pushed forward in the final stages but could not break Celtic down and therefore exit Europe for this season.

UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
First Leg
Dinamo Zagreb 2 Odd 1 Att: 7,080
Odd surrended a one nil lead to lose their first leg tie against Zagreb although headed into the second leg with an important away goal. Stefan Mladenovic put the Norwegians ahead after twenty minutes however Armin Hodzic levelled just past the hour mark before Junior Fernandes scored what proved to be the winning goal four minutes before the break meaning the Croatian side took a one goal lead to Skien for the second leg.

Second Leg
Odd 0 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (Dinamo Zagreb won 2-1 on aggregate)
Odd failed to score a goal that would of taken them through to the next round after a goal less draw at the Skagerak Arena against Zagreb. The Croats, who had Dani Olmo sent off with four minutes left, secured the draw that took them through to the next round.

So all that means their are no Norwegian sides left in Europe which is a big shame.

Finally its the Last 16 of the Norwegian Cup this week so here are those fixtures:-
Wednesday 9th August
Haugesund Vs Molde
Kristiansund BK Vs Floro
Lillestrom Vs Tromso
Stabaek Vs Aalesund
Jerv Vs Rosenborg
Sarpsborg 08 Vs Odd
Mjondalen Vs Brann

Thursday 10th August
Valerenga Vs Elverum

That completes my latest review, will be back soon.

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