After a two week break to accommodate the qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup, Tippeligaen was back again in full-force this week with a plethora of goals and shock results to keep us fully entertained…
Arguably the biggest shock of Round 2 was Molde’s defeat away to Lillestrøm on Tuesday night. After losing their opening match to Viking, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side would have been looking at their first home match of the season as an opportunity to finally put some points on the board and kick-start their title defence, but it wasn’t to be as goals from Petter Vaagan Moen and Frode Kippe cancelled out Joona Toivio’s 71st minute goal (his first for the club since his move from Djurgården last month) to give the visitors a 2-1 victory and hand Solskjær his first back-to-back defeats as Molde boss.
Fellow title chasers Strømsgodset were also handed a shock result when they lost 2-0 to last season’s strugglers Hønefoss at Aka Arena. The home side took advantage of Kim André Madsen’s 79th minute dismissal and scored two goals in the last ten minutes to wrap up their first victory of the new season. Riku Riski scored Hønefoss’ first just two minutes after Madsen left the field of play before Aleksander Solli, newly-acquired from Vålerenga, secured the win with his first goal for the club on the stroke of full-time.
It was plain sailing for Rosenborg, however, as arguably the strongest side in Tippeligaen this season brushed Brann aside with ease with a 4-0 home victory in front of 16,000 spectators on Monday afternoon. After a goalless first half, two goals in quick succession from Mikael Dorsin and Mix Diskerud put the hosts 2-0 up after 53 minutes, before Bořek Dočkal made it 3-0 with five minutes left to play and Dorsin completed the emphatic win with his second goal of the game a minute into stoppage time.
Aalesund – coached by former Rosenborg manager Jan Jönsson – are the only other side to have won both of their opening matches after they beat Sandnes Ulf 1-0 on Monday, adding to their 3-0 defeat of Haugesund in their first game of the new season. Tremaine Stewart scored the game’s only goal seven minutes into the second half, and the three points see Jönsson’s men finish Round 2 in second place.
Vålerenga – coached by former Aalesund manager Kjetil Rekdal – also won by a single goal in their second round game when they hosted Sogndal at Ullevaal Stadion. Last season’s eighth-place side went ahead through Torgeir Børven after only two minutes and were able to hold on for the remaining eighty-eight to secure their first league win of 2013.
First wins of the new season were also picked up by Tromsø and newly promoted Sarpsborg 08 after they beat Odd and Viking, respectively. Despite a 77th minute Herolind Shala penalty kick, early goals from Zdeněk Ondrášek and Magnus Andersen were enough to earn all three points for Tromsø, whilst Christian Brink and Martin Wiig cancelled out Jón Daði Böðvarsson’s first goal for Viking and secured Sarpsborg’s first win since their return to Tippeligaen, as well as Brian Deane’s first league victory as manager.