(His birth – Sarpsborg 08 4–1) On my birthday, everything is pink during the day. The difference with Bodo/Glimt is now seven points with ten games remaining. In Sarpsborg, the warning lights are flashing red.
– That was excellent. The victory could have been even greater. I am very satisfied, summarizes Erling Mo, Director of My Mold, Discovery+.
Because while Molde took his seventh straight win in a back-to-back course, equaling the club’s record in 1978 and 2014, the visitors also tied the “record”.
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But she was kind of dark. With their eighth straight loss at Eliteserien, Sarpings has seen no worse streak since 2013. Then the club saved the place with a cry of distress – by qualifying.
A clumsy own goal and a red card for defender Anton Skipper with an hour remaining on the clock did not make the task easier for Stefan Belborn’s men either.
– That’s heavy on bullets. With the red card it’s going to be tough on Aker Court, but we’re making it easy for them too. It’s not fun. Each of us did not. It wasn’t good enough, Sarpsborg defender Magnar Odegaard told Discovery+ about the precarious situation the club is going through.
But the visitors held on well at the start and kept Molde’s team without David Datro Fofana away from the biggest chances. Then – out of nowhere – Ataz Hussain acquired time and space at 18 metres.
The midfielder, who did not have much playing time after returning to injury in the summer, pressed the ball from distance and sent the home team into the lead with a real groundbreaking.
But the lead of the series kept the introduction for a little over ten minutes. Erling Knudtzon, founder of Molde, made a real gift to Tobias Heinz, a statement within his domain.
The winger did everything right when the ball landed on his legs and softly rolled it into Jacob Karlstrom’s left corner to make it 1-1.
But there is just something about the Moldy version. Just minutes after the gift package, Knudtzon was correcting the blister himself. The substitute full back crossed a pass from the right flank. Initially it was Sarpsborg defender Jürgen Horn, who shoved the ball into his net to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
Ten minutes before the end of the first half came the aforementioned expulsion. As the back guy, Skipper rips Ola Brynhildsen on his way. The Swede was correctly rewarded with a red card for that.
This was Sarpsborg’s fifth red card in the last nine league rounds. And not only that: It was Skipper’s second expulsion in less than five weeks.
Just before the break, Brynhilsen managed to make it 3-1 after a Christian Eriksen pass.
The scorer believes the home team has more net knowledge en route to the first half.
– We have to create more in this team. We just have to move on and enjoy ourselves,” Brynhildsen told Discovery+.
The Molde players seemed to do just that. Shortly after the break, the same man was about to score the fourth goal of the evening, but the ball was blocked on the goal line.
Throughout the inning, Molde continued to hold steel and the victory was not in danger of Erling Mo’s men. Substitute Magnus Grødem obviously wanted to make an impression as he entered the quarter-finals before the end. With ten minutes left in normal time, he also got paid.
The former Vålerenga player was on Knudtzon’s last good post thus 4-1. Shortly before the start of the match, Grodim managed to score his second goal when he had the opportunity from a penalty kick, but a weak shot meant that it ended with four, not five, for the hosts.
MFK now leads the table with 48 points from 20 matches played. Glimt mount and LSK size 41.
Next Sunday there will be an early final match between Molde and last year’s series champion. The match is played at Aspmyra.
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