As the Norwegian football league heads into its summer break, Rosenborg begin to pull away from the pack.
Aside from those involved in European competitions, Norwegian teams can now rest up until the Eliteserien returns on the weekend of 5-7 August.
Sogndal 0 Rosenborg 3
After a season plagued by inconsistency, Norwegian champions Rosenborg seem to have found their stride. A comfortable 3-0 win at Sogndal means they’ve lost just one in the last eight, and have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table. Goals from Jevtovic, Midtsjø, and Vilhjálmsson secured the win.
Brann 0 Sarpsborg 1
Has Brann’s title charge petered out after two consecutive defeats? With no goals in either game, fans have every right to be concerned. A late Patrick Mortensen goal snatched all three points for Sarpsborg, just minutes after Andreas Albech saw red for a second booking. Unlikely as it seemed at the start of the season, Sarpsborg now sit second and are the most in-form challenger to Rosenborg with just one defeat in ten. Brann boss Lars Arne Nilsen told NRK that he believed their first home defeat was a typical 0-0 match: “We created too little and we were too inaccurate in the final third of the pitch.”
Odd 0 Viking 2
Struggling Viking have threatened to upset the odds for several weeks now with generally solid performances despite the poor results. Two first-half Adegbenro goals were enough to give the Stavanger side just their third win of the season. Despite going into the summer break bottom of the pile, things now look a lot more optimistic for Viking.
A somewhat surprise result in Molde as struggling Strømsgodset held out for a 0-0 draw, a result which prevented the home side taking second place going into the summer break. Haugesund took their good form from Europe League qualifying into the Eliteserien with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Aalesund. Sitting fifth with a game in hand, Haugesund are a good outside shout for a medal place. One of the Eliteserien’s form teams Lillestrøm found themselves 0-2 down to Stabæk with just ten minutes remaining, but late goals from Mikalsen and Brenden snatched a valuable point in the mid-table bun fight.
Given the emerging form of Strømsgodset and Viking, Tromsø are starting to look in real trouble. This was highlighted further as the northerners conceded two goals within the first six minutes at the Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, the home team going to record a comfortable 3-0 win that lifts them up to 11th. Finally in the Monday night game, Vålerenga and Kristiansund drew 1-1 in a summer rainstorm. Ghayas Zahid, who scored Vålerenga’s equaliser, criticised Kristiansund’s long-ball style after the match in a report on TV2.
Lillestrom 2 Stabæk 2
Molde 0 Strømsgodset 0
Haugesund 2 Aalesund 0
Sandefjord 3 Tromsø 0
Kristiansund 1 Vålerenga 1