Stabæk - Rosenborg 1-2
By Endre Bakken, 17 September 2009, 19:34
In the march towards league gold Stabæk were beaten in their own hangar.
THE GOALSCORERS: Marek Sapara and Vadim Demidov celebrating after the latter's 0-2-goal.
Photo: Thomas Karlsen
FORNEBU (rosenborg.info): "The first half was really bad. Nannskog got two chances in the beginning, and that makes us insecure. We start to play in a way we haven't done before. Defensively we weren't good, offensively not much better. We were very lucky to be ahead 1-0 at half time," Erik Hamrén opined.
The leading goal signed Marek Sapara was a long shot that went in a curved trajectory over the goalie. RBK didn't do anything else worth bragging about in the first half. They mostly attempted to send long passes to Trond Olsen, surprisingly chosen to be the lone attacker in Rade Prica's absence. Luckily Stabæk weren't dangerous in front of the goal either.
Everything improved when Steffen Iversen was moved up in the attacking line after half time.
"In the second half I I thought we were able to get back to the way we are supposed play, and that resulted in a victory. We won a hard away-game despite being bad in the first half, that shows we are strong," said Hamrén.
Vadim Demidov increased the lead to 0-2 on a shot after a serve by Olsen.
Rosenborg continued creating chances, and especially Olsen should have scored. Instead Torstein Aase scored for the home team on a header where Rune Jarstein was positioned badly.
That created some extra excitement the last minutes, and Jarstein became the centre of attention when the home fans threw various objects after him in frustration, because they thought he was using too much time. Judge Tommy Skjerven threatened to end the game without extra time if they did not stop.
But the game was finished and RBK could celebrate in front of 1200 of their supporters.
"We pulled ourselves together. We've been good at this the whole year. We've had bad first halfs before, and it just is like that sometimes. Many players have been with with their respective national teams, so we needed some time to get started. But once we did, everything went well," Demidov concluded.