Rosenborg held again as none of the top six win.
Just five points separate the top seven teams in the Norwegian Eliteserien after the 11th round of games this weekend.
Leaders Rosenborg held again
Vålerenga 1 Rosenborg 1: After disappointing results against Tromsø and Lillestrøm, leaders Rosenborg were held again and in fact were lucky to come away from Oslo with a point. Vålerenga brushed aside their lacklustre performances of late and put in a solid attacking show against the champions of Norway.
Despite this, Rosenborg took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Milan Jevtovic as the bounce on the ball deceived home keeper Sandberg. But Vålerenga kept knocking on the door and scored a deserved equaliser when Herman Stengel rifled home a loose ball with just six minutes remaining.
Vålerenga coach Ronny Delia told TV2 after the match: “I’m proud of the guys. Today there was action, not just words.”
The goal certainly meant a lot to Vålerenga captain Christian Grindheim:
Se hva scoringen mente for Christian Grindheim. Kaptein. pic.twitter.com/LUQdhu7pKj
— Oletico (@OleAasheim) May 28, 2017
Brann miss the chance to go top
Brann 1 Ålesund 1: Prime Minister and Bergen local Erna Solberg was in the crowd to watch Brann take a deserved first-half lead against Ålesund. But despite several clear chances they failed to close out the game and Edwin Gyasi grabbed a point for the visitors with an outstanding finish from the tightest of angles.
With three consecutive wins Brann were the form team coming into the weekend, so with Rosenborg slipping up it’s certainly a surprise not to see Brann sitting on top of the league. Still, the fans are keeping some perspective!
Two years today since Lars Arne Nilsen took over at Brann. The best two year period I’ve had as a fan of the club he’s proving are great.
— Brendan Husebø (@BrendanHusebo) May 29, 2017
Chasing pack fails to take advantage
Haugesund 0 Sarpsborg 0
Kristiansund 1 Sogndal 1
Lillestrøm 4 Tromsø 1
Molde 3 Stabæk 1
Sarpsborg, Odd and Stabæk all failed to win. There were notable wins for struggling Lillestrøm, for whom Erling Knudtzon netted three, and Molde, who led Stabæk from the fourth minute to move into seventh, just five points off the top.
Could this season prove to be the closest title race for years?
Viking remain rooted to the bottom
Strømsgodset 4 Viking 2: The week’s Monday night game saw the bottom two that few would have predicted – Strømsgodset and Viking – face-off in Drammen. The home side raced into a two-goal half time lead as Eirik Ulland Andersen scored and then set up Jakob Glesnes for the second. Two quick-fire goals from Bassel Jradi right after the break destroyed any hope of a Viking comeback, although truthfully that never looked likely.
With just one league win all season and an embarrassing Cup exit at the hands of lower league Egersund, the Stavanger club are short on cash and short on confidence. A smart breakaway goal from Zymer Bytyqi and another from Samuel Adegbenro gave Viking fans hope, not so much for this match but for the long relegation fight that lies ahead.
SLUTT: Vi slår Viking 4-2 etter mål av Ulland, Glesnes og Jradi (2). Vi kommer tilbake med referat og reaksjoner! pic.twitter.com/9bBehFEV3s
— Strømsgodset Fotball (@strmsgodset) May 29, 2017