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Rosenborg - Brann 1-1
By Endre Bakken, 6 April 2009, 19:33

RBK ended their short winning-streak against Brann. The late equalizer added to the bitterness.


FULL STOP: Brann destroyed RBK's midield play.

Photo: Thomas Karlsen

Photos from Rosenborg - Brann

"I'm disappointed that we didn't win the game after taking the lead. From my position it seemed that we were a bit hesitant when they scored, and that annoys me," Erik Hamrén said.

The equalizer came after Brann's third great chance, when Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson won a duel with a slightly passive Mikael Lustig.

Up to the time of the goal Alexander Lund Hansen, who played in thigh-injured Rune Jarstein's absence, kept RBK in the game. First he solved a situation on the 16-meter mark when Mikael Lustig headed to Erik Huseklepp attempting a pass. After that he blocked a Huseklepp-shot from close range.

"I didn't have much to do. Except for the goal I had everything under control," the goalie concluded.

Rosenborg struggled with the quality of passing, and the result was a deja vu from last year: bad drive forward and none of the necessary lethality when they got near the goal. Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Marek Sapara were both very bleak, and the ones whose accuracy was lacking the most.

"There are two reasons: the state of the pitch and Brann, who played well," Hamrén explained and elaborated:

"There was a war out on the pitch, many duels and many hard-working troopers. Brann played a solid defensive game, they killed our opportunities throughout the match. I thought we were going to get more chances to score towards the end.

Brann scored RBK's goal right after the break: Bjørn Dahl was just going to send the ball away from Trond Olsen, but ended up giving it a nice twirl and controlling it past his goalie.

The first home-made chance didn't come until three and a half minutes into extra time, when Steffen Iversen heel-kicked a Lustig-crossball to Alexander Tettey. From ten metres Tettey shot right onto Håkon Opdal.

"I should have scored, of course. The goalkeeper went down quickly so I should have lifted the ball. Instead I tried placing it in the rightmost corner, and unfortunately he saved it," Tettey recounted.

PS! Mikael Dorsin got a cramp in his left thigh, and will probably not be ready for the Start-game.

Match statistics

ROSENBORG1-1Brann
Own goal (Bjørn Dahl) 52Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson 83

Sunday 5. April 2009 20:00
Tippeliga, Lerkendal stadium
18 400 attendants

Rosenborg [4-2-3-1]
Alexander Lund Hansen - Mikael Lustig, Alejandro Lago, Vadim Demidov, Mikael Dorsin (Andreas Nordvik 18) - Anthony Annan, Alexander Tettey - Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Marek Sapara (Rade Prica 64), Trond Olsen (Roar Strand 82) - Steffen Iversen

Yellow cards RBK: Alexander Tettey


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