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Norway round-up: Lyn boost title hopes

Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 20.41CET
SFK Lyn took full advantage of a slip by Rosenborg BK to move to within a point of the leaders.

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Published: Sunday 15 September 2002, 20.41CET

Norway round-up: Lyn boost title hopes

SFK Lyn took full advantage of a slip by Rosenborg BK to move to within a point of the leaders.

SFK Lyn took full advantage of a slip by leaders Rosenborg BK to reduce the gap at the top of the Tippeligaen to one point.

Late drama
Rosenborg, who host Internazionale FC in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, missed out on the opportunity to equal a club record of eight league wins in a row, when they let Vålerenga Fotball equalise two minutes into added time in Saturday's game. Harald Brattbakk had given Rosenborg the lead one minute before half time, but were unable to score a second before Vålerenga's late goal, securing their first point at the Trondheim club since 1989.

Revenge for Lyn
Lyn ensured that Rosenborg will not be going into this year's Champions League with the domestic title in the bag after beating Stabæk IF 2-0 at home on Sunday. Stabæk had won the sides' Norwegian Cup quarter-final tie three days before, but it was Lyn's turn this time, as Egil Swift scored a penalty early in the second-half, the lead added to by Icelandic striker Helgi Sigurdsson

Start end top-flight spell
Molde FK are still in the running although they did not find it easy against bottom club IK Start. However, Molde scored in each half to clinch the 2-0 victory, confirming Start's relegation.
 
Hope for Moss
Moss FK may yet avoid joining Start in dropping a division after securing their second home win of the season by beating Bryne FK 1-0. Former Rosenborg-player Øyvind Storflor scored the decisive goal for the home team, who then had to hold on to claim three vital points.

Lillestrøm confident
However, Moss are still six adrift of 12th place, as Lillestrøm SK overcame FK Bodø/Glimt 2-0, with striker Uwe Rösler on target, to move within a point of SK Brann, who meet Odds BK on Monday. Lillestrøm captain Torgeir Bjarmann, who missed the match with a broken cheekbone, said: "Now the other clubs can do what they will, I am sure we stay up."

Chelsea on their minds?
Viking FK's players seemed to have their UEFA Cup fixture against Chelsea on their mind, as they only narrowly avoided defeat at home against Sogndal IL. The visitors took the lead in the second half through a goal by Håvard Flo, but Viking fought back and equalised thanks to former Manchester United FC striker Erik Nevland, in a match where Sogndal were reduced to ten men.

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