In an eventful round of the Tippeliga, Molde gave Start a severe battering, Odd held Rosenborg, Bodø/Glimt picked up three invaluable points and Vålerenga lost yet again. In addition to all of this, Kent Bergesen has finally left Lyn..
Molde at their best play the best football in the league by a considerable margin, while Start at their worst are a sorry sight. Both these claims were thoroughly substantiated this Saturday when the two teams met, and the result was a 8-1 thwacking that will live long in the memories of those who saw it. Spurred on by the resurgent Magne Hoseth, who after a couple of indifferent seasons is starting to remind people of why he was once regarded as one of the most talented Norwegian players of his generation, Molde rolled over Start time and time again and the eight goals were no less than they deserved. When asked why they had been so jaw-droppingly poor, Start manager Knut Tørum offered no possible explanations: “It’s impossible to say why “, he conceded. The Southerners have certainly been the most unpredictable team in the league so far, veering wildly from the terrific to the terrible and back again. Molde for their part continue to show that they’re capable of playing some of the best football we’ve seen in the Tippeliga in recent years, but with Rosenborg four points ahead of them with a game in hand they’ll need to stay sharp and show more consistency if they are to keep up with the relentless result-machine that is RBK.
Because after struggling badly for the first 30 minutes Rosenborg eventually grabbed hold of their away-tie with Odd Grenland and managed to secure a handy 1-1 draw. Odd of course have only been defeated once at home this season and many expected them to be the first Norwegian team to beat Rosenborg this year. But 39 year-old Rosenborg midfielder Roar Strand managed to cancel out Bentley’s magnificent 1-0 goal for Odd with an equalizer in the 60th minute. The goal means Strand has now scored in every season of the Tippeliga for the last 20 years, which tells you a thing or two about the remarkable longevity of the man. Both teams had chances to score more goals and Rune Jarstein in the Rosenborg goal had to pull off a couple of gravity-defying saves to keep Odd out, but in the end 1-1 was a pretty fair result as both teams deserved to get something out the game.
After a wholly unreasonable amount of ado, Kent has left the building. Lyn have finally managed to make Kent Bergersen leave them alone, even if they did have to sell defender Indridi Sigurdsson to Viking to make it happen. ”Kenta” admitted to Nettavisen that he was minutes away from showing up to lead his team against Brann tonight, which of course would have been utterly hilarious. “I wish I could continue and help with the struggle,” he said. “Yes, we know, we get it, now go away and leave us alone,” Lyn didn’t reply in a press-release, but one imagines the temptation was there. News that Kent had left the building had a tangible effect on the Lyn team, as they put in one of their least inept performances so far this season against a Brann-side that yet again failed to win against a weaker team. The 2-2 draw doesn’t do Lyn that much good though as they’re still marooned at the bottom of the table.
Over at Marienlyst, Ronny Deila’s plucky darlings did the business against Mad Martin Andresen’s injury-hit Vålerenga. As a result of those injuries, Mad Martin had to play himself in central defense, which didn’t really work as he was caught out several times by the hard-working Strømsgodset-players. The 3-0 win was absolutely crucial for Strømsgodset who are deeply entrenched in what is shaping up to be one hell of a relegation-battle (there are currently just two points separating Sandefjord in 11th and Bodø/Glimt in 15th place), while Vålerenga have now lost five games in a row. If Mad Martin is still in charge of Vålerenga at the end of the season, yours truly will wear a sombrero to NFN’s end of season-party.
Stabæk had pretty impressive dress-rehearsal to Wednesday’s crucial Champions League qualifier with their 3-0 win over Kjetil Rekdal’s Aalesund. The outspoken manager had left out striker Tor Hogne Aarøy, possibly fearing the ridiculously tall striker would bump his head on the roof of Stabæk’s Telenor Arena, but at any rate his tactical plan was somewhat undermined by the fact that Stabæk scored two early goals.
Having played brilliant football against Lyn last week it wasn’t unreasonable to expect Viking to pile on the misery for a Fredrikstad-side who have looked in utter disarray lately. Alas, Viking being Viking, they instead put in one of their worst performances of the season and a goal from Fredrikstad’s Celso Borges was enough to secure a much-needed 1-0 victory for the hosts. “Our passing-game was shocking” noted Uwe Rösler, another manager who faces an uphill battle to hang on to his job this fall.
Up North, Bodø/Glimt did it again: They pulled themselves together for a winnable match and beat Sandefjord 1-0. In spite of looking irretrievably rubbish in a large number of games this season, Bodø/Glimt have an uncanny ability to raise their game when three points are within their reach. That ability just might save them, even though they’ve spent much of the season so far looking like a team that doesn’t belong in this league.
And finally, Tromsø had a pretty useful away-win against Lillstrøm in the bag with a 2-0 lead, but fouled it all up in the last minutes of the game, getting a man sent off and conceding two goals.