- Molde – Strømsgodset 2-1 (0-0)
Molde impressed a lot when the previous series rounds became the first team to beat the superb Bodø / Glimt in this year’s season of the Eliteserien. Earlier this week, they also got off to a good start in the group stage of the Europa League when they beat Dundalk.
On Sunday night, they received Strømsgodset on their own turf – a team Molde has beaten 4-0 in the last three settlements between the teams.
The match was to be smoother, but also this time Molde was to be too strong.
Martin Ellingsen and Leke James became the great heroes of the match, each with their own goals. It helped little that Valdimar Ingimundarson reduced for the guests. Thus, the match ends 2-1 to the home team, and with that Molde Rosenborg stays behind them in the table – who also won their match against Sarpsborg 2-1.
Molde struggled to get through the dense defensive wall to Strømsgodset, but got fired by a few shots before half an hour played.
After 24 minutes, Magnus Wolff Eikrem sent the corner kick right to Eduardo Alonso who headed it sharply past the keeper. But Godset’s last stronghold prevented the opportunity.
A few minutes later, Marcus Holmgren Pedersen danced down the right wing, cut in and fired off against Viljar Myhra. The Godset goalkeeper stopped the shot, but the return should have been converted into goal. Both Eikrem and Ohi got the ball in their legs from five meters, but could not control it between the posts.
Just before the break, Moses Mawa was played through for the guests, but was blocked at the closing moment by Birk Risa. The striker was sure that the referee would blow the penalty, but then not.
– I feel he takes me before he takes the ball. Maybe it (should have been punished), but the referee would not give me a penalty at least, Mawa told Eurosport during the break.
Intense end minutes
In the second half, the hosts turned on the turbo. After 52 minutes, Ohi sent a free kick in high over the penalty box. Risa hit a beautiful ball to the 26-year-old, who was allowed to stand all alone, but the heading went outside the goal.
It had to be Ellingsen’s forehead before the first ball was in the net. The Elverum boy was allowed to stand unmarked and knocked in 1-0 on the back post.
To make the final minutes more comfortable for the home team, substitute James lasted up with great preparation before melting in 2-0.
When it seemed that Molde had taken the victory, Ingimundarson woke up. Salvesen sent a beautiful stick towards the Icelander, who gave Godset hope for one point.
But Molde held back in what became a sweaty end to the settlement. Thus, the blue-clad 2nd place retains in the series, while Godset is down in 12th place.
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