Molde was a shoe away from the group stage in the Champions League


Ferencváros – Molde 0–0 (3–3 overall)

Molde chased their first participation in the group game in the Champions League in 21 years on Tuesday. In the 1999/2000 season, the away goal rule sent them to the group stage. Against Ferencváros, it was precisely the away goal rule that cost them an advance, as it ended goalless in Hungary.

In the end, it was a shoe tip that robbed the away team of a group game in the Champions League. Now it will instead be group games in the Europa League.

– Broken. We have our life’s chance to end up in the company of the best, and then we make a decent match, but have a little too much respect for a long time and do not create enough until the very end. It is football and there are small margins, says Eirik Hestad to TV 2 after the match.

– Right now it also feels bitterly bitter in that there were some situations at home that went the wrong way for us, and I think we are by far the best team over two games, says Hestad.

A large crowd of Ferencváros supporters showed up outside the stadium. Photo: Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

Fans gathered outside the stadium

Molde came to the Hungarian capital with the certainty that they had to score to go to the group stage in the Champions League. However, the first round in Budapest went without the big chances.

The most impressive thing was that a group of Ferencváros supporters had gathered outside the stadium. They made a noise and saw it, without it seeming to help the home team.

The hosts came right enough to the first end of the round, but the shot went straight at Molde goalkeeper Andreas Linde.

The closest away team came a chance before the break, was when Magnus Wolff Eikrem got the opportunity from 16 meters, but the finish from the usually so precise midfielder went a bit over goal.

Molde pressed hard at the end of the match, but did not get the ball in goal. Photo: Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

Molde best after break

Ten minutes after the break, Molde had two good opportunities to take the lead. A poor clearance from the home team landed at Eikrem, who nicely found Etzaz Hussain. He’s got a crack at the rebound all alone in front of Miha Blazic … how did he miss that ?! Unbelievable.

Then it was Stian Gregersen who had the chance to shoot Molde in the lead after a corner kick from the right, but the home team’s defense just managed to get close enough in the midfielder that his attempt was also blocked. Thus, it was still 0-0.

– Molde continues to create trouble for the home team and is clearly the best team on the field at the moment, commented TV 2’s football expert Jesper Mathisen when half an hour remained.

One minute later, the task was close to getting far tougher when Uzuni timed the through ball to Oleksandr Zubkov perfectly, but the Ukrainian hit the ball terribly badly. The shot rolled in to Linde.

On the sidelines, Zubkov’s compatriot Sergei Rebrov, the Ferencváros coach who knows a thing or two about scoring goals, struck out with his arms. The former top scorer would soon rather bite his nails.

The Molde players before the match started. Photo: Bernadett Szabo / Reuters

Hestad alone with goalkeeper

Barely a quarter of an hour before the end, Hestad had a solid opportunity to decide. Again it was out on Molde’s right side it happened.

Hestad played for Hussain, set off and finally got the ball from Eikrem. The midfielder came alone with Ferencváros goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz, but the finish was too weak and the Hungarian saved with the tip of his left shoe. Dibusz then roared with joy.

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

Shortly afterwards, Eikrem pulled inwards into the field and fired, but the shot went a short distance to the side for the nearest post.

Three minutes before the end, substitute Ola Brynhildsen got the chance when right-back Marcus Holmgren Pedersen struck from the right, but the 21-year-old’s finish on the live slipped outside the longest post.

Molde never came closer, and thus Ferencváros went on to an away goal. The consolation prize for Molde is participation in the Europa League. The club has not participated there since the 2015/16 season.


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