SFK Lyn lost 3-2 against struggling SK Brann at the weekend to effectively kill-off any hopes they had of winning this season's Tippeliga.
Lyn controlled the first half, led 2-0 at the interval and seemed to be cruising to a comfortable win. However, the visitors from Bergen had different ideas and turned the game on its head during the second half. To make matters worse for the hosts it was an own goal by Lyn defender Frode Hansen that eventually proved to be the difference between two well-matched sides.
"This win shows the team has spirit, and it is positive to be out for the relegation zone," said Brann coach Teitur Thordarsson after the match.
Molde FK led the way in the standings for five hours after beating FK Bodø/Glimt 3-0 at home. Andre Schei Lindbæk scored two goals as Molde controlled the match and recorded a deserved win. Molde coach Gunder Bengtsson was keen not to heap pressure on his players as the race for the title starts to intensify. "Our aim this season still is to take a medal," he said.
Key players missing
Rosenborg BK soon usurped Molde on Sunday, as the Trondheim club regained their three-point advantage with a home victory over Stabæk IF. Rosenborg lined up without key players Erik Hoftun, Harald Martin Brattbakk and Frode Johnsen, but Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen gave the home team a lead midway through the first half.
'It will be close'
The hosts dominated the opening stages, but Stabæk soon found their feet in midfield. However, Steinar Enerly increased Rosenborg's lead with a brilliant second-half free-kick, while Thomas Finstad reduced the deficit for Stabæk shortly afterwards. "It will be close, between Molde and us," Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen said after the match at the Lerkendal stadium. "Our advantage is that we can decide for ourselves, by winning the two last matches."
Lillestrøm on song
Lillestrøm SK all but booked their place in the Tippeliga next term after recording a 3-0 victory against Sogndal IL. Pål Strand gave the home team the lead and two goals by German striker Uwe Rösler sealed a deserved victory. Sogndal are now in trouble, scrapping for safety near the foot of the table, and face the prospect of playing Rosenborg and Molde in their final two matches of the season.
More misery for Start
IK Start, already relegated before this weekend's action, lost at home again after conceding two goals against Bryne FK. Start dominated the match for an hour, but could not find a way through the Bryne defence and fell behind to Einar Braut's goal on the hour. Bryne then went on to score a second goal, heaping yet more misery on the Kristiansand club.
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