Norwegian Eliteserien 2017 – Rounds 23,24 Review

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Updated: October 11, 2017
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Here is a round up of Week 23 & 24 of the Eliteserien, as well as checking in on how Rosenborg got on in their latest Europa League Group game and also Norwegian Cup news.

Lets begin with a Round 16 game that was played last week shall we:-
Thursday 21st September
Tromso 2 Odd 2 Att: 3,461
A late penalty from Etzaz Hussain rescued a point for Odd and denied Tromso a valuable three points in their battle against the drop. The hosts saw Mushaga Bakenga give them the lead on the half hour but only two minutes later saw Fredrik Semb Berge level for the visitors. Simen Wangberg gave the hosts the lead on the hour mark but Hussain’s penalty two minutes from time saw the Skien side come away with a point.

Right now here is Round 23’s action:-
Saturday 23rd September
Haugesund 2 Viking 1 Att: 5,919
A late late winner from Vegard Skjerve saw Haugesund to victory over Rogaland rivals Viking, plunging the visitors into deep deep trouble at the bottom of the table. It looked promising for the visitors when Kristoffer Haugen gave them the lead right on half time but the lead was wiped out with twelve minutes to go when Alexander Stolas levelled for the home side and then in stoppage time saw Skjerve net the winner and see the hosts take all three points.

Sunday 24th September
Lillestrom 0 Rosenborg 3 Att: 7,868
Rosenborg continued their march towards the title after going nine points clear at the top following victory at Arasen against Lillestrom. Nicklas Bendtner gave the Trondheim side a 22nd minute lead before Pal Andre Helland doubled their advantage in the 34th minute. And with just over fifteen minutes remaining a Bendtner penalty sealed their win and another three points.

Aalesund 0 Sogndal 1 Att: 5,178
Hosts Aalesund replace Sogndal in the relegation play off place position in third bottom after they were beaten by their opponents at the Color Line Stadion. Eirik Schulze struck the decisive blow in the 34th minute and see the visitors go a point clear of the bottom three.

Kristiansund BK 1 Stabaek 0 Att: 3,874
Benjamin Stokke netted in the 14th minute to see Kristiansund BK climb out of the bottom three after it was enough to beat Stabaek at the Kristiansund Stadion. The visitors, who missed a 17th minute penalty, drop to ninth as a result.

Molde 3 Sandefjord 1 Att: 7,098
Thomas Amang netted a brace as Molde took the points at home to Sandefjord at the Aker Stadion. Amang gave the hosts a 14th minute lead but the visitors hit back seven minutes later through Facunda Rodriquez. But Amang restored Molde’s lead ten minutes into the second period before sealing the points twelve minutes from time through Martin Ellingsen.

Stromsgodset 2 Tromso 1 Att: 5,700
Tromso remain in the bottom two after defeat at the Marienlyst Stadion against Stromsgodset in Drammen. Bassel Jradi gave the hosts a first minute lead but six minutes into the second period Mikael Ingebrigtsen levelled for the relegation threatened side. But on the hour mark Tokki netted what proved to be the winner for the hosts and saw them take all the points.

Valerenga 2 Brann 1 Att: 10,051
VIF recorded a huge win over Bergen side Brann to take them two points above the bottom three. Samuel Fridjonsson gave the hosts an eighth minute lead but the visitors levelled seven minutes into the second period through Fredrik Haugen. However with seven minutes remaining Chidera Ejuke netted the winning goal for the Oslo side and saw Brann slip to third as a result.

Monday 25th September
Sarpsborg 08 2 Odd 1 Att: 4,365
Sarpsborg moved back into second spot after a home win over Odd on Monday evening. Ole Jorgen Halvorsen gave the hosts the lead from the spot just past the half hour mark and then Kristoffer Zachariassen doubled their advantage early on in the second half. Elbasan Rashani reduced the arrears only four minutes after this however their was no comeback for the Skien side who now slip to seventh.

And now Round 24 which took place at the end of September/beginning of October:-
Friday 29th September
Brann 0 Kristiansund BK 4 Att: 10,025
Bergen side Brann suffered a shock home defeat to Kristiansund BK at the Brann Stadion, which saw them slip out of the top three. Benjamin Stokke gave the visitors a fourth minute lead and then just before half time Torgil Owre Gjertsen doubled their lead. Stokke grabbed his second midway through the second half before Gjertsen then got his second with twenty minutes remaining to cap a wonderful performance from the visitors who now rise to tenth and four points above the bottom three.

Saturday 30th September
Stabaek 4 Valerenga 2 Att: 4,043
Nadderud side Stabaek produced a terrific comeback from two goals down at half time to defeat local rivals Valerenga at the Nadderud Stadion. Christian Grindheim put the visitors ahead eight minutes before half time and when Grindheim grabbed another right on half time it looked good for the visitors. However Ohi Omoijuanfo started the comeback in the 57th minute and only three minutes later Tortol Lumanza levelled for the hosts. And with just under fifteen minutes remaining Omoijuanfo netted his second to put the hosts ahead before Franck Boli sealed the points with eight minutes remaining and cap a remarkable second half turnaround.

Sunday 1st October
Odd 1 Haugesund 0 Att: 6,899
Etzaz Hussain netted a minute before half time to give the hosts all three points against Haugesund at the Skagerak Arena in Skien. And it could of been even better for the hosts when they won a penalty on the hour mark however Jone Samuelsen fluffed his lines from the spot although it mattered not as the hosts still came away with the points.

Sandefjord 2 Aalesund 0 Att: 3,426
Aalesund are only above the bottom two now on goal difference after losing at Sandefjord’s Komplett Arena. The hosts eventually broke the deadlock in the 68th minute through Carlos Grossmuller and then sealed the points when Andre Sodlund netted with nine minutes to go, and see the hosts into eighth spot.

Sogndal 2 Molde 2 Att: 3,012
Molde slipped to third after they drew at the Fosshaugane Campus against Sogndal although they will see it a point gained after they had to fight from two goals down early on to grab a point. All the goals came in the first period and the hosts took the lead through Stanisa Mandic in the twelveth minute before doubling that lead midway through the half courtesy of Chidiebere Nwakali. But the visitors responded when Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson reduced the arrears nine minutes before the break and then right on half time Petter Strand levelled the match up at 2-2. The point sees Sogndal two points above the drop zone.

Tromso 2 Lillestrom 1 Att: 3,594
Two early goals from strugglers Tromso were enough for them to pick up a huge three points in their battle for survival, defeating Lillestrom at the Alfheim Stadion. Magnar Odegaard put the hosts ahead inside a minute and then saw Thomas Lehne Olsen double their lead in the 17th minute. Simen Kind Mikalsen did reduce the deficit eleven minutes into the second half however it wasn’t enough to prevent them from defeat and they now sit just three points above the bottom three.

Viking 0 Stromsgodset 1 Att: 6,230
It seems only a matter of time now until Viking’s relegation to the OBOS-Ligaen is confirmed after they fell to their 15th league defeat of the campaign courtesy of Bassel Jradi’s 32nd minute strike for visitors Stromsgodset at the Viking Stadion in Stavanger. The hosts have to pretty much win their remaining six games to have any chance of survival, and with only three victories in the league all season this looks unlikely. Godset are now in sixth and still have an outside chance of a top three finish.

Rosenborg 1 Sarpsborg 08 1 Att: 15,801
Sarpsborg moved into second spot after they grabbed a draw at leaders Rosenborg in the Sunday evening showdown at Lerkendal. Sigurd Rosted’s own goal put the hosts ahead in the 56th minute but the same man then scored at the right end just eight minutes later to grab a point for the visitors, however Rosenborg still hold a nine point lead at the top with just six games to go. It’s looking likely that they will win the title yet again.

Here are the latest standings after Round 24:-
1. Rosenborg 24 15 6 3 48 17 +31 51
2. Sarpsborg 08 24 11 9 4 36 27 +9 42
3. Molde 24 12 5 7 43 31 +12 41
4. Brann 24 11 7 6 43 26 +17 40
5. Haugesund 23 10 6 7 28 24 +4 36
6. Strømsgodset 24 9 8 7 30 29 +1 35
7. Odd 24 10 5 9 23 29 -6 35
8. Sandefjord 24 10 3 11 32 36 -4 33
9. Stabæk 24 9 6 9 37 43 -6 33
10. Kristiansund BK 24 7 8 9 34 37 -3 29
11. Lillestrøm 24 7 7 10 32 38 -6 28
12. Sogndal 24 7 6 11 28 35 -7 27
13. Vålerenga 23 7 6 10 28 35 -7 27
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14. Aalesund 24 6 7 11 30 35 -5 25
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15. Tromsø 24 6 7 11 31 43 -12 25
16. Viking 24 3 6 15 26 44 -18 15

Here are the upcoming fixtures:-
Thursday 12th October
Round 16 (rearranged to this week)
Valerenga Vs Haugesund

Round 25
Saturday 14th October
Tromso Vs Rosenborg
Stromsgodset Vs Odd

Sunday 15th October
Valerenga Vs Aalesund
Haugesund Vs Sandefjord
Kristiansund BK Vs Viking
Lillestrom Vs Sogndal
Molde Vs Brann

Monday 16th October
Sarpsborg 08 Vs Stabaek

Finally Rosenborg played their second Group L encounter in the Europa League. After losing their first match heavily they needed a good response, here is how they got on:-
UEFA Europa League Group L Matchday Two
Thursday 28th September
Rosenborg 3 FK Vardar 1 Att: 16,038
Rosenborg bounced back from their Matchday One thrashing at Real Sociedad with a home win over Macedonian side FK Vardar at Lerkendal. Nicklas Bendtner put the hosts ahead from the spot on 25 minutes and they doubled this lead in the 56th minute through Anders Konradsen. And midway through the half it was three for the Norwegians when Vegar Eggen Hedenstad netted and despite the visitors grabbing a late consolation through Juan Felipe, the hosts put themselves back in the Group.

Here is the other result from Group L:-
Zenit 3 (Rigoni 5, Kokorin 24,60) Real Sociedad 1 (Llorente 41) Att: 50,477

All that means the table looks like this:-
1. Zenit 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 6
2. Real Sociedad 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3
3. Rosenborg 2 1 0 1 3 5 -2 3
4. Vardar 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0

Matchday Three takes place next Thursday (19th October) and here are the fixtures:-
Zenit Vs Rosenborg
FK Vardar Vs Real Sociedad

A tough looking trip to Russia beckons for the Norwegians but can they pull off a surprise? We shall see.

Right finally the Semi Finals of the Norwegian Cup took place on September 20th/21st and here are those results:-

Valerenga 0 Sarpsborg 08 3 (Diatta 25, Halvorsen 59,(pen) 90) Att: 8,302

Molde 0 Lillestrom 3 (Mikalsen 75, Knudtzon 87, Melgavis 90) Att: 6,482

Well Valerenga’s first game at their new Intility Arena didn’t go well as they were beaten by Sarpsborg 08 and failed to reach the cup final.  In the other semi final Lillestrom stunned Molde at the Aker Stadion and saw the Eliteserien strugglers make the final.

The final therefore will be contested by Sarpsborg 08 and Lillestrom at 1pm on  Sunday 3rd December.

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