Teams: Aalesunds FK & Crystal Palace
Monday 9/4 (1. round)
Lillestrøm - Fredrikstad 3-0
No doubt about which team was better here, or how about 8-0 in chances? Oliver Occean was man of the match, as an impressive Lillestrøm offence started the season the way everyone had expected them to, on top of all statistics.
Lyn - Sandefjord 3-0
A bit more even than LSK - FFK. Lyn's star Edu got injured, and a very lucky Magnus Powell came in as a substitute and scored not even a minute later. First he had gotten the ball back after a failed dribble, his following shot was then blocked by a defender in such a way that the ball went into a lob over the keeper. Looked more like a circus performance than league football. Bad refereeing decisions against them and some clumsy touches later, Sandefjord had lost the match. They weren't impressive, but the ball didn't exactly roll their way on Sunday either.
Strømsgodset - Odd Grenland 2-1
Strømsgodset looked much better than Odd Grenland on Sunday, and Mattias Andersson, the 1st division player of the year in 2006, was the man of match once again. Even if Odd took the lead, it was a fairly one sided affair, and Godset might just be a tough opponent for anyone this season.
Tromsø - Vålerenga 1-0
Perhaps the goal of the round as Sequeira replaced an injured Rushfeldt. If he scores more like that he will certainly be a big hit this season. Vålerenga was the better team, both on paper and during the match, but at the end of the day goals are all that count.
Viking - Rosenborg 1-1
Viking had Rosenborg under pressure at times, in what seemed like a match between to fairly evenly matched teams. While Rosenborg will certainly be stronger in the long run, Peter Ijeh's goal for Viking did send a promise out to their many fans, that Rosler has got something going on with this team.
Aalesund - Start 2-4
One of the more tense matches in the round, and easily the match with most goals. A mistake on 2-1, gave Start the equaliser they had been searching for, and after a red card shortly afterwards, AaFK disappointingly fell together like a pack of cards. Apart from the 10-15 minutes that lasted, the teams were evenly matched, and either side could have taken the win. Start needs to build on this for the opening of their new stadium, while AaFK will have to try and bounce back as they meet three of the teams they are expected to fight for survival against in the coming two weeks.
See match report in the AaFK forum.
Tuesday 10/4 (1. round)
Stabæk - Brann 0-1
More than anything, what I took from this match was that Brann seemed solid throughout. An on paper impressive Stabæk offense had nothing on Brann. It wasn't beautiful, and it wasn't great, but it was entertaining, and it was the sort of machine like performance that you would expect from a league champion.
See match report in the Brann forum.
Last edited by Orange; April 13th, 2007 at 16:16.