Posted by: Christian Wulff | August 8, 2012

Round 18 summary and highlights

A quick summary of round 18 in Tippeligaen, with all the – legal – highlights from the excellent website.

Updated league table here

Haugesund – Vålerenga 4-2  

A mistake from goalkeeper Per Morten Kristiansen had opened the door for Vålerenga to come back from two goals down and get an undeserved point away to Haugesund. But the ever-entertaining home team came back just in time with a stunning free-kick from Alexander Søderlund,  the spin on the ball only truly appreciated from a different angle on the replay. The other half of Haugesund’s impressive attacking duo, Nikola Djurdjic, set up Pontus Engblom who secured the home win in his debut.

Hønefoss – Strømsgodset 1-1

Riku Riski, the little magical Finn, has been one of the great profiles of Tippeliagen this season and his well taken opener looked to have won the match against league leaders Strømsgodset. Until the 88th minute that is, when a delightful through ball from Stefan Johansen found Øyvind Storflor who placed an equally delicate chip over Steve Clark to secure an important point for the away team.

Molde – Sogndal 2-1

A great save from Ole Söderberg denied Sogndal early on, before quick feet and a powerful finish from Martin Linnes gave Molde the lead. Sogndal equalised after half-time but another piece of great individual skill from Daniel Chima Chukwu made sure Molde bounced back with a win after their Champions League qualifier loss against Basel in mid-week, cutting Strømsgodset’s lead at the top of the table to four points.

Ulf  Sandnes – Lillestrøm 0-1

Everything is finally in its right place again as Lillestrøm win 1-0 after a Frode Kippe header. Which was basically a repeat of their whole 2010 season.

Odd Grenland – Viking 1-4

A strange game in Skien, with the Viking team going into half-time 3-0 up when it might as well been the home team in the lead by at least that. At least 18 year old Veton Berisha has responded well to his brother’s move to Salzburg by getting two more goals, making it five in the last four league games. Having scored 15 in their first 16 games, Viking now have nine in two, none of them better than Martin Ørnskov’s magnificent curled free-kick to secure the win.

Fredrikstad – Tromsø 2-0

Haitam Aleesami, yet another talent from the Skeid conveyor belt, beautifully set up Tarik Elyounoussi’s 7th goal of the season to give Fredrikstad a rare win. Loads of frayed tempers in Tromsø, as midfielder Ruben Yttergård Jenssen took to Twitter to attack a very critical post on the Nord-Norge United blog . Buy you’re allowed to be angry up north, and in the end everybody agreed that it was a good sign that peole cared enough to get angry………           

Rosenborg – Aalesund 3-0

Angry is the default mood setting for Kjetil Rekdal, and while he tried to set the standard for his Aalesund team before their away game against Rosenborg by having a proper go at a cheeky kid who had had the audacity to grimace at him, the players fell flat during the game itself. After Borek Dockal’s deflected opener, Rosenborg was in total control and easily collected the win that moves them within six points of Strømsgodset.  

Stabæk – Brann 0-4

When Erik Huseklepp left Norway in January last year Tippeligaen lost one of their biggest profiles and Brann one of their greatest attacking assets. 18 months, 3 clubs and 2 relegations later he is back. Huseklepp had decent spells both with Bari, Portsmouth and Birmingham, but was extraordinarily unlucky with the external factors at the first two clubs. His inherent quality was immediately apparent in Brann’s away game to bottom-placed Stabæk. Not for the first time this season Stabæk was left to rue early missed chances, and once Brann had got the opener the home team again let themselves get steamrolleed into submission. Huseklepp was involved in the build-up for the first two goals, assisted Bentley for the third, and crowned his comeback with a lovely, curling finish 10 minutes from the end.


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