Brann - Rosenborg 1-1
By Endre Bakken, 2 November 2009, 18:29
Rade Prica shot his way to the top of the goalscorer list when RBK stayed undefeated at foreign ground.
The Swede snagged the top-scorer title with his equalizer against Brann, his seventeenth goal this season.
"It felt good. It was never my goal to become the top-scorer, I just wanted to do my best for the team. For an attacker that means creating goals, which I've succeded in doing. With higher efficiency I could have scored more, but 17 goals is acceptable," Prica grinningly told TV2.
The first half was even. Both teams made blazing tackles and gave everything in the duels. The game heated up, but nobody produced scoring opportunities. RBK got closest to a goal when Traoré fumbled a pass from Prica in the box.
Brann were as bad as Rosenborg in creating chances, but got help before the pause: Anthony Annan played his first game in a month, and touched a goalkick backwards. Diego Guastavino snapped up the ball, and shot via Kris Stadsgaard. The projectile changed direction, and Rune Jarstein was chanceless.
"Those things happen, they got a lucky goal. It's a shame, we defended ourselves solidly otherwise. We struggled with attacking. We bungled our passes. When we seized the ball and had a chance to storm towards their goal, we threw away the chance. We were in a squeeze," Trond Henriksen summed up at half time.
Rosenborg equalized immediately after the break, when Prica scored a goal as stunning as the one in Aalesund: Mikael Dorsin shot the ball to Steffen Iversen, who headed it down to Prica. The Swede fired from 25 meters and the shot flew in by the nearest post.
The play opened up, but the teams created nothing more than half chances. Mikael Lustig could have become the match winner after 75 minutes, when he ran in front of the goal like an attacker and flicked an Iversen-pass into the post.
The game ended 1-1, and RBK lost the opportunity to equal the record from 1995, when they won with 15 points more than Molde. Molde beat Lillestrøm 3-0, so the difference was only 13 points this year. Nevertheless, one loss in 30 games is impressive!