(Sandefjord – Molde 2–2) Molde rested his legs before the second leg against Klaksvík, and had to struggle for a long time against a Sandefjord team with a tailwind. When it seemed they had cracked the code, Alexander Ruud Tvetter stood by with a rare goal.
Erling Mo made a total of seven changes to the team that lost to Faroese Klaksvik in midweek.
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It’s against a self-confident Sandifjord side – which has made life miserable for the people of Moldova.
After 82 minutes, with the score at 1-1, Molde coach Moe took action and made four changes.
It paid off instantly.
Magnus Wolff Eikrem sent the ball to Martin Linnes, who broke into the attack. The back flicked the ball and fired the ball into the net making the score 2-1.
Thus, the conversion was complete, and all the people of Moldense probably thought it would last until victory.
But then Alexander Ruud Tvetter persevered with a rare goal.
– I don’t know what really happened there. I go in my body and try to head to the field. So I didn’t understand much when I got into the net, Rod Tvetter tells TV 2 just after the whistle signal.
From about 20 metres, the striker pushed the ball in a perfect arc over Karlström into Molde’s goal.
– I have to admit there was a little bit of a gush there, laughs.
– It hurts today. We show morale and strength, and get back on tough ground. It’s too bad in the box at the end. I know, Dad, what’s going on, says Magnus Grødem to TV 2.
Molde turned the tide of the game after ending up 0-1, and should cruise his way to victory. Then slip on the stopper.
– You can either find excuses or look at yourself. I guess we’re not very smart with the ball when we get it. We lose it so much and get so brutal. We’re putting it on ourselves a bit, unfortunately, Coach Mo’s verdict.
The same thing happened against Klaksvik in the Conference League qualifiers on Tuesday.
“It’s two different games, but we lose the ball very easily and let them get the pressure they get at the end,” Moe tells TV 2.
After two consecutive victories, against Vålerenga and Sarpsborg 08, the football fun has grown exponentially in recent weeks in Hvalfangerbyen.
The home team’s fans clapped in time as “guttane, guttane” was shouted outside Release Arena before kick-off.
A little less than 40 minutes later, the volume went up:
Referee Christopher Huggins announced the penalty after a VAR check. Replays showed that Anders Hagelskier, dueling with Sander Moen-Voss inside the 16-metre box, ran in the ball with his arm.
– There is no doubt. TV 2 football expert Jesper Mathisen stated that this is a punishable hand.
Swede Alexander Nilsson put the ball into the net from the wide side and sent the hosts into the lead.
Molde responded by going straight to the attack. Matias Lovik pulled off a world-class set of feints at the finish line and tipped the ball to Magnus Grødem four meters from goal. However, Sandefjord’s last chance came out quickly and Quito was denied 1-1.
But Grødem would have his chance again, from about the same distance. A real scoop kick from an attempted shot by Marcus Andre Casa rolled onto Grødem who slotted in easily to equalize for Molde.
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