Norwegian Cup Third Round: After Viking and Sandefjord fell at the second hurdle and Vålerenga needed penalties to get past an amateur side, hopes were high for more upsets.
In these early stages of the tournament, Eliteserien sides are still kept apart and drawn away from home, which adds to the chances of an upset.
History repeats itself & a local upset
Florø 2 Sogndal 1: In 2012, a Sogndal side featuring Eirik Bakke and Tore André Flo were humiliated 3-0 at Florø in the first round. When Christer Husa headed into his own goal to give Sogndal the lead on the hour, it looked as if the Eliteserien side would make no mistake this time around. But just minutes later, Rashad Muhammed dispossessed a Sogndal player in the middle of the park and outpaced the defence to score a terrific equaliser. Just five minutes later the game turned on its head as Monir Benmoussa took advantage of another mistake in the visitors defence to give Florø the lead.
Mjøndalen 2 Strømsgodset 1: When Strømsgodset put four past Viking on the weekend it seemed their fortunes may be about to turn, but this Cup defeat will start the questions once again. In truth this wasn’t a huge upset. Not only are the two sides local rivals, Mjøndalen were in the Eliteserien as recently as 2015 and have hopes of a quick return. Stromsgodset took a half-time lead through an excellent Marcus Pedersen header but the “little brothers” fought back in the second half with two goals to send a lively crowd home happy.
Delia’s men struggle again
Ørn-Horten 0 Vålerenga 1 (AET): In the last round Vålerenga needed penalties to avoid an embarrassing defeat at fourth-tier Kråkerøy. Surely this time they would do the business at Kråkerøy’s league rivals Ørn-Horten? “It was not a good experience at all,” said Vålerenga coach Ronny Delia after his side needed extra-time to find the winning goal via a lovely free-kick from Herman Stengel. The home side created several chances and will be kicking themselves not to have taken an top flight scalp.
Elsewhere, two extra time goals were enough for Haugesund to progress against Egersund – who took the scalp of Viking in the last round – while Aalesund relied on an early goal from Brazilian midfielder Marlinho to win at Kjelsås.
The last 16
With only four Eliteserien clubs out so far, the fourth round throws up four all top-flight battles. Holders Rosenborg, Brann, Vålerenga and Kristiansund are the only clubs to face lower league opposition. Florø will fancy their chances at Kristiansund, as will Mjøndalen at home to Brann, while Elverum are bound to take heart from Vålerenga’s struggles so far.
Haugesund v Molde
Jerv/Åsane v Rosenborg
Kristiansund BK v Florø
Lillestrøm v Tromsø
Mjøndalen v Brann
Sarpsborg v Odd
Stabæk v Aalesund
Vålerenga v Elverum