Norwegian premier division leaders Rosenborg BK are back on the winning track again with a 4-1 victory at FK Bodø/Glimt.
Rosenborg, chasing their eleventh consecutive Norwegian title, were given a tough match by their opponents, but the Trondheim side increased their lead at the top to three points with two headers from Azar Karadas and further goals from Harald Brattbakk and Frode Johnsen, giving them their tenth win in a row against struggling Bodø.
A game of two halves
Molde FK kept in touch with Rosenborg by winning 3-0 against Vålerenga Fotball in Oslo to go second. Vålerenga dominated the first 45 minutes, but a Tobias Carlsson goal seconds before half-time kick-started Molde, who delivered an inspirational performance after the break. Andre Schei Lindbæk - who is set to join Vålerenga - and man of the match Daniel Berg Hestad scored the second-half goals for Molde, who also missed a penalty, and have three games left to overhaul the leaders.
Setback for Lyn
SFK Lyn fell to third place after twice having to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Sogndal IL. Kjetil Løvvik secured the point with a late headed equaliser, but Lyn clearly missed captain Per Egil Swift and midfield colleague Jonny Hanssen. Lyn defender Tommy Berntsen, who scored an own goal, said: "We must admit our title chances are fading - now we must concentrate on second place."
Stabæk IF tried out the 5-3-2-formation to be used against RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup this week when they faced Lillestrøm SK at home The hosts a good first half and took the lead through Marel Baldwinsson. Lillestrøm played without injured striker Rikhardur Dadason, and did not have a goal chance in the first 45 minutes, but were much more aggressive after the break and got an equaliser towards the end of the game from substitute Frode Birkeland.
Moss bowl over Start
Already relegated IK Start lost 6-1 at home to Moss FK, for who Øyvind Storflor, Gard Kristiansen and Simen Brenne all scored twice. Moss player-coach Rune Tangen took his team bowling the night before the game and his side are now just one point behind SK Brann as the two compete to avoid the relegation play-off place. Tangen said: "We shall enjoy this victory today and tomorrow and then look forward to the coming match against Vålerenga. My young players did very well today."
The dismissal of Odds BK captain and centre-back Ronny Deila was the most dramatic incident in the goalless match at Bryne FK, while Brann and Viking FK meet in a west-coast derby on Monday night.
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