Michael Barrantes was twice on target as Aalesunds FK overcame SK Brann 2-1 to win the Norwegian Cup for the second time and secure a place in the 20012/13 UEFA Europa League.
All the goals came during an eventful first half at a packed Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, with Aalesund taking the lead on 19 minutes when Barrantes's shot was deflected into the net by Lars Grorud. Although Brann answered swiftly when Zsolt Korcsmár headed in Björnar Holmvik's corner, the 28-year-old Costa Rican midfielder found the net on 37 minutes with a swerving shot from 20 metres.
It was a second cup triumph for Aalesund, who lie ninth in the league, in three years. Brann, who are two points behind second-placed Tromsø IL with two rounds left to play, are still harbouring hopes of UEFA Europa League qualification.
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