SARPSBORG (VG) (Sarpsborg-Vålerenga 2-1) First Jonathan Lindseth (25), then Rashad Muhammed (28) ensured that Sarpsborg took a long stride into the games at Ellisseth too in 2022.
Muhammed’s reserve decided six minutes of overtime. He hasn’t played since June 25 against the Vikings, but then took the chance when he was substituted. He ran out of Vålerenga’s defense and scored the important goal 2-1.
Against the Vikings, Rashad Muhammed headed Sebastian Sibolunsen, without being seen by the referee. Lars Buhenen raged against his player and said it was “unacceptable”. The 28-year-old was suspended for one match by Sarpsborg 08 as a result. In July Muhammad was banned from several training sessions in Sarpsborg after he did not follow internal rules.
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– The coach chose me and took me into the team. I wanted to return the favor to him because he gave me the opportunity. Mohamed tells VG that I am very happy and this is for all the fans and the team and it is also important to me.
It wasn’t an easy season, but that’s life. You can’t go back, you can just look forward, he says.
– It was hard work. Muhammad says: If I don’t work hard, I won’t get the chance to play.
Sarpsburg 08 coach Lars Buhenen has explained why Mohamed hasn’t played more this season.
– The reason he missed so much from the team and the team, was because he wasn’t good enough. He wasn’t good enough in training. There was not enough quality and he has focused elsewhere. He’s picked up the gauntlet in the last 10-14 days, which made me feel like he should be on the team,” Buhenen told VG.
I have certain expectations of becoming a professional player that I haven’t fully met. Then it has consequences. Then he now has the chance to play in the heat again. It’s up to him, Bohinen says.
Although Muhammad hasn’t played in several months, Jonathan Lindseth has been a top player on Sarpsborg 08 recently. The 25-year-old had a pass to score against Mohamed, even scoring the first goal for Sarpsborg ten minutes from the end. Lindseth has now scored six goals in Sarpsborg’s last four games.
The ball hit his teammate Magnar Ødegård in a confusion in front of Vålerenga’s goal, but referee Tom Harald Hagen chose to leave the match when the ball was headed off Odegård’s head and looked at his arm.
– So the rules say there are no hands, says Tor Ole Skullerud as a Discovery+ expert.
Referee Ron Pedersen can also confirm this to VG after the match.
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– I wasn’t nervous, because I knew the hand rule had changed, Odegaard tells VG.
Before Lindseth’s equalization, it looked like Vålerenga Vidar Örn Kjartansson (31) could win the match.
The Icelandic scored a goal against Sarpsborg on Thursday evening, but it is only the fourth goal of the season for the player who in 2014 became Norway’s top scorer with 25 very powerful kicks.
– It’s terribly disappointing. of course it is. We are making a very good game away from home and we are in complete control. We’re playing like we should, but there are big mistakes in both goals, unfortunately. That’s why we’re where we are, and we don’t do a better job of mid-table, Vålerenga coach Dag-Eilev Fagermo tells Discovery+.
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