Molde players in tears after the Champions League dream broke: –


– Broken. Our life’s chance to end up in the company of the best, Eirik Hestad told TV 2.

In turn, Etzaz Hussain, Eirik Hestad and Ola Brynhildsen missed giant chances against Nguen’s Hungarian team, which are now ready for the Champions League group stage.

– There is a danger of sleepless nights for the rest of his life, said a weeping Hestad.

The TV pictures showed a crying Fredrik Aursnes, and a broken Hestad.

– It is one of the most difficult experiences. Heartbreaking, Captain Magnus Wolff Eikrem admits to TV 2.

Smoke on away goals

Ferencvaros had the advantage of an away goal after 3-3 in Molde, it was decisive. In a match with controversial referee decisions.

– Right now it feels very bitter, Hestad admits.

Thus, it will be the Europa League, and not the Champions League in Molde this autumn.

DESPAIR: Eirik Hestad against Ferencvaros. Photo: REUTERS / Bernadett Szabo / NTB
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Lost revenue

It also means that the club will probably miss out on around NOK 100 million. A Champions League participation would probably give 250 million in.

In the Europa League, Rosenborg received about 130 million last season, but with weak results. With better results, Molde can raise more.

– Proud of the guys

After a calm opening in the match, it was Molde who got the chances throughout the match.

First, Magnus Wolff Eikrem was allowed to shoot free from 16 meters, but over, from dream position.

After the break, Etzaz Hussain got an even bigger chance. But he stressed from five meters, and knocked the ball sky high over.

With a quarter of an hour left came an even greater opportunity. Molde embroidered his way through, and Eirik Hestad was alone with the keeper, he went for the chip, but the keeper saved.

Five minutes before the end, Ola Brynhildsen got the chance inside the field, but finished outside.

– I’m actually proud of the guys. We played a good away game, but it’s just not enough, Magnus Wolff Eikrem summed up for TV 2.

– We must all be disappointed tonight. When tomorrow we have to shake it off. It will be a fun autumn for us anyway, says coach Erling Moe to TV 2.

This does not give Molde the opportunity to repeat its own Champions League adventure from 1999.

The number of years without Norwegian teams in the tournament is also increasing. Not since Rosenborg was with the autumn of 2007 has a Norwegian team been in the group game in the Champions League.


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