Champions League, Molde FK | The Champions League dream shattered for Molde

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Molde was the best team in the meeting with Ferencvaros, but did not succeed in getting the ball in goal.

FERENCVAROS – MOLDE 0-0 (3-3 overall):

Molde had to win in Budapest after 3-3 at Aker Stadion in the first match, but did not get a hole in the boil in the meeting with Ferencvaros on Tuesday.

0-0 means that it is the Hungarians and former Strømsgodset player Tokmac Nguern who can celebrate advancement to the world’s most generous club tournament, after moving on to the away goal rule.

Hestad: – I’m broken

Eirik Hestad, who was one of the Molde players who had good opportunities to send MFK to the Champions League in the second half, was far down when he was interviewed by TV 2 after the match.

– I am heartbroken. This was our life’s chance to end up in the company of the best. It feels bitterly bitter. There is a danger of sleepless nights for the rest of my life, I think, Hestad told the channel.

Of course, Molde coach Erling Moe was also disappointed.

– This is leaden, simply. I think we did a lot right. We grew into the fight, and that was the plan in the first place. But we have to take the big chances, said the coach thinks we are doing a lot right, Moe told TV 2.

Click on the image to enlarge. HEAVY LOSS: Eirik Hestad and Molde had to be beaten by Tokmac Nguen and Ferencvaros by the narrowest possible margin.

HEAVY LOSS: Eirik Hestad and Molde had to be beaten by Tokmac Nguen and Ferencvaros by the narrowest possible margin.
Photo: Bernadett Szabo (Reuters)

Poor chance before the break

In a poor first half, Magnus Wolf Eikrem got a golden opportunity to send Molde into the lead after 40 minutes of play.

From a position we have seen the midfield elegant score from a number of times in the Eliteserien, however, Eikrem blew the ball over goal from just outside the penalty area.

– It is a good opportunity for Molde when we know how good right foot Eikrem has, commented Erik Huseklepp in TV 2’s Champions League studio.

When the match was played in front of empty stands due to the virus pandemic, around 1500 Ferencvaros supporters had gathered outside the stadium to support their team – and they were heard well, also on the TV broadcast. They could state that the teams went to the break at the position 0-0.

Click on the image to enlarge. GOOD MOVEMENT: Many Ferencvaros fans had gathered outside the stadium to support the team on the road to the Champions League.

GOOD MOVEMENT: Many Ferencvaros fans had gathered outside the stadium to support the team on the road to the Champions League.
Photo: Bernadett Szabo (Reuters)

Great Molde chances

Barely ten minutes into the second half, it was Etzaz Hussain who got the opportunity for Molde after an Eikrem stick. Midfielder Miha Blazic, however, got thrown forward and blocked the finish from the corner of the penalty area.

Shortly afterwards, it was Ferencvaros’ turn to try. Myrto Uzuni took a long run down the field, before passing the ball to Oleksandr Zubkov. The Ukrainian’s finish, however, was weak and could easily be picked up by Andreas Linde.

A quarter of an hour before the end, Eirik Hestad was played through after fine combinations with Fredrik Aursnes. Goalkeeper Denes Dibusz, however, got a foot on the finish, which ended with a corner.

Ola Brynhildsen also got a good chance to send Molde to the Champions League after a post from the right. However, the shot hit the wrong side of the post on the opposite side.


Molde never came closer, and thus there will be Europa League games in the romsdalingen this autumn and winter.



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