- Lillestrøm – Rosenborg 3-1 (2-1)
Lillestrøm became too strong for Rosenborg at Åråsen on Sunday night. Trøndelag got off to the best start when Stefano Vecchia sent them up in the lead, but six magical minutes ensured that Lillestrøm turned the match around.
Kjetil Rekdal responded by replacing two of his most trusted men – Ole Sæter and Per Ciljan Skjelbred – and the answer he received was that Sæter clicked inside the player tunnel.
– Idiocy, says expert.
– Delicious match
– That’s so nice. A dream come true. Delicious match. This is how we should have it every single time at Åråsen, says Magnus Knudsen, who scored the 3-1 goal.
– This is a club that means a lot to me, he adds.
Knudsen is known to be on loan to Lillestrøm from Russian Rostov. According to the plan, he will return to Russia when his contract with LSK expires on 30 June.
The first online acquaintance came after just a quarter of an hour. Rosenborg’s form player Stefano Vecchia pulled into the field and fired from distance. Mads Christiansen in the LSK cage got some fingertips on the ball, but had to see himself outwitted by the Swede.
A quarter of an hour later it narrowed at the other end.
A corner kick created great disorder in the penalty area with a goal nearly scored by Ifeanyi Mathew. The scoring will probably be included when this year’s goal is chosen after the season.
Shortly afterwards, midfielder Dragsnes sent Lillestrøm up in the lead, when he with a beautiful heel finish sent the ball past André Hansen.
After two quick in the bag, Kjetil Rekdal saw himself forced to take action, and replaced Ole Christian Sæter and Per Ciljan Skjelbred. It did not go down well with Sæter, who in the TV pictures was caught “clicking” inside the player tunnel.
– Sheer idiocy, said Eurosport expert Christian Gauseth in the studio, about the behavior of the striker.
– Ole Sæter looks like a player who is too big for his own good, in his own head, is the verdict of TV 2’s football expert Yaw Amankwah.
During the break, Rekdal was asked about the changes.
– Poor coaching. I should have done it ten to fifteen minutes earlier, said the RBK boss.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Rosenborg got a huge chance with Dahl Reitan, but Christensen saved masterfully on the line.
Kjetil Rekdal put in several offensive players to try to get points from Åråsen, including Noah Holm, but the white jerseys struggled, and the home team defended heroically.
Pain got worse for Rosenborg when Magnus Knudsen fixed the result to 3-1 just before the end.
After the game, captain Markus Henriksen was critical of his own team.
– I had hoped that we were healthy. Men nei. “Today we meet a bunch of men, while we are juniors,” he told Discovery.
About the controversy when Sæter was replaced, Henriksen said:
– During the break, Kjetil explained why he had made the changes. It was not because the two were any worse than the others. But something had to be done. He had hoped for a vitamin injection. He did not get that, Henriksen admits.
Sæter himself was humble and remorseful after the match
– It goes out. It’s frustrating and embarrassing. It’s the worst thing I’ve been through, and I’ll make sure it never happens again, he told VG.