Qarabag - Rosenborg 1-0
By Endre Bakken, 24 July 2009, 16:14
The first defeat of the year was also the first time RBK lost to a lower ranked team in the European cups - a double disappointment.
"This was one of the two worst losses in my career. I'm disappointed we weren't able to go further. The first half was bad, the second a little better," Erik Hamrén told rbk.no.
Rosenborg were not a great threat before the break. One free-kick by Didier Konan from 40 meters that ended up with the goalie was the closest RBK got to a goal in the first half. Qarabag had one good pass that Rune Jarstein took.
In the 45. minute Kris Stadsgaard caused a free kick at the edge of the 16 metre mark. The ball was rolled to Rashad Sadidov, who shot it into the top corner. Anthony Annan left the wall and threw himself forward, but would he have blocked it if he hadn't thrown himself forward?
RBK got their act together and controlled the second half, but couldn't find their way to the goal. Annan had the first opportunity with a long shot the goalie punched to a corner.
Trond Olsen followed up with a failed bicycle kick before Alexander Tettey, from a good position, missed the ball a few minutes later.
Tettey was responsible for the last great RBK chance, when he fifteen minutes before the end headed a cross from Mikael Lustig against the goal. But the keeper Farhard Veliyev was in the right place and sent it to a corner.
Qarabag got close to scoring 2-0, when Vagif Javadov shot a long shot into the bar and over!
The European cup tour ended in Aserbajdsjan in the second qualifying rounds. RBK has never been sent out of the E-cups this early.
Rashad F. Sadigov 45
Thursday 23. July 2009 17:00 European league 2. qualifying round, Tofikh Bakhramov stadion, Baku
ca. 25 000 attendants
Rosenborg [4-2-3-1] Rune Jarstein - Mikael Lustig, Kris Stadsgaard, Alejandro Lago, Mikael Dorsin - Anthony Annan, Alexander Tettey (Roy Miller 86) - Per Ciljan Skjelbred (Dario Zahora 76), Steffen Iversen, Didier Konan (Trond Olsen 46), - Rade Prica
Yellow cards RBK: Anthony Annna, Kris Stadsgaard, Mikael Lustig, Dario Zahora and Rade Prica