Rosenborg - Stabæk 1-0
By Endre Bakken, 26 June 2009, 13:14
RBK had to struggle to win. Their victory led to an equaling of two previous club records.
Rosenborg is still unbeaten after 15 league games, like in 1995, and haven't let in a single goal in five games - like in 1971, 1973 and 1985/86.
"This is honestly something I'm not concerned about. With the history Rosenborg has, I would have to keep on for many years to get even. I'm happy with us winning, and if we write history at the same time, it is all for the better. But it is not something we are focusing on. We are concerned about playing well, because that is what leads to good results," Erik Hamrén explained.
Steffen Iversen started in his first game in exactly one month, and had an early attempt. The shot was too simple for national goalie Jon Knudsen.
The pair Alexander Tettey and Per Ciljan Skjelbred were more difficult to stop: Tettey went inwards, and sent the ball to Skjelbred, who rid himself of his man and scored his first goal of 2009- a cool-headed shot from the penalty mark.
"It is fun to score, and probably more so for Per who always works hard. No matter what position he plays, his attitude is always positive and he does his utmost for the team. So when he scores we are extra happy," Hamrén opined.
The first half was high-speed and contained plenty of chances for both teams. Iversen got close to scoring with his paunch on a cross from Rade Prica, but Knudsen got a hand on the finish. Stabæk counterattacked right away, and only an elegant spurt from Rune Jarstein hindered Daniel Nannskog from getting the ball alone with the RBK goalie.
The second half was equally well played. Rade Prica finished with both his feet and legs, but was never in a good position to score. Tettey, on the other hand, was- he was served by Prica and shot just wide from the corner of the five meter mark.
"With only one goal the game was exiting. A lot was on stake, and we knew that if we make a mistake, they'll strike. They have plenty of sharp shooters, first and foremost Nannskog. One blunder and you might get a goal against - even with five seconds left," Hamrén concluded.