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Røa look to Europe after title hat-trick

Published: Monday 2 November 2009, 10.25CET
Røa IL go into the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Zvezda-2005 on a high after completing a Norwegian title hat-trick at the weekend and coach Geir Nordby said: "We hope to make an impression in Europe."
by Eivind Aarre
from Stavanger
Røa look to Europe after title hat-trick
Røa have won the Norwegian title for the third year in a row ©Anthony Greenwood/Kipax
Published: Monday 2 November 2009, 10.25CET

Røa look to Europe after title hat-trick

Røa IL go into the first leg of their round of 16 tie with Zvezda-2005 on a high after completing a Norwegian title hat-trick at the weekend and coach Geir Nordby said: "We hope to make an impression in Europe."

Røa IL go into the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 tie with Zvezda-2005 on a high after completing a Norwegian title hat-trick at the weekend.

Title secure
In Saturday's concluding round of fixtures, Røa were at home to Stabæk IF, three points adrift, and played out a 0-0 draw that gave them a third straight crown as well as ensuring their entry into the 2010/11 UEFA Women's Champions League. However, the celebrations had to be restrained as the double-chasing club welcome last year's UEFA Women's Cup runners-up Zvezda to Oslo on Wednesday with the return in Russia seven days later.

European hope
Coach Geir Nordby said: "This league title is history now. I will allow the girls to party, but not too much. We face Team Strømmen in the Norwegian Women's Cup final on Saturday, but I haven't thought about that yet. The Zvezda game is most important now. We hope to make an impression in Europe."

Plan fulfilled
However, the first of this week's goals has been achieved, a cautious approach to the league decider paying dividends. "The plan worked," Nordby said. "The girls knew not conceding any goals would be enough. We wanted to win the game of course, but we are more happy to have claimed gold. To win it in the last game feels more rewarding than last year, when we won with ease. All the girls deserve praise. It is our team effort that has earned this deserved title."

Last updated: 02/11/09 13.36CET

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