(HamKam – Aalesund 0-0) Fredrik Sjølstad’s header off the crossbar midway through the second half was the closest HamKam came to Briskeby. Hammam and Alesund share points with the two brothers.
There were two teams that were better in defense than in attack. It’s normal for two teams with five backlines and newly promoted to meet, sums up HamKam coach Jakob Michelsen on Discovery+.
After a first half where the only thing worth writing about was Alesund’s unfortunate injury woes with Christopher Barmen and Erlind Sigberg, it only took four minutes of the second before we had something reminiscent of scoring opportunities.
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Former hamcam player Simin Bolkan Nordlı was only margins away from sending the visitors forward with a fine try. In the next minute, substitute Torbjørn Kallevåg was also dangerous up front, but remained 0-0 on the scoreboard.
The cliched phrase that a match needs a goal lives on in full force in Briskeby as the match approaches the hour.
– The Hammamcom camp was not very happy with what was delivered before the break. They have no reason to be happier now, said Discovery commentator Asbjørn Myhre, after 65 minutes of play.
Shortly thereafter, Hammkam shouted at Alexander Melgalves. I hit the standing captain’s head on the way out, and suddenly the home team is more involved after a good AaFK opener on the tour.
“We had some momentum in that period, but when we couldn’t pay attention to it, it turned out to be the case,” AFC coach Lars Arne Nielsen said after the match.
In the quarter prior to the end, Fredrik Schulstadt sent the ball in cash at the crossbar and out.
The home team came close to something, but they lacked the last part.
Melgalvis was given a chance to turn things around.
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