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Barrantes shines as Aalesund claim Norwegian Cup

Published: Sunday 6 November 2011, 17.38CET
Michael Barrantes scored both goals as Aalesunds FK defeated SK Brann 2-1 to secure a second Norwegian Cup and a place in next season's UEFA Europa League.
by Eivind Aarre
from Oslo
Barrantes shines as Aalesund claim Norwegian Cup
Michael Barrantes scored twice as Aalesund defeated Brann 2-1 to win the Norwegian Cup ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 6 November 2011, 17.38CET

Barrantes shines as Aalesund claim Norwegian Cup

Michael Barrantes scored both goals as Aalesunds FK defeated SK Brann 2-1 to secure a second Norwegian Cup and a place in next season's UEFA Europa League.

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.

Last updated: 06/11/11 20.30CET

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