Football, elite series | Rekdal after RBK’s European exit:



Molde will be the only Norwegian team in the Europa League 2020-2021. It became clear after Rosenborg lost the playoff match against PSV Eindhoven 0-2 at Lerkendal on Thursday.

Eran Zahavi and Cody Gakpo scored the goals for the Dutch guests in the match which was Markus Henriksen’s first after returning to RBK.

Rekdal: – Far from the old level

Former national team captain, now HamKam coach, Kjetil Rekdal believes Rosenborg is far from the level required to assert himself in the Europa League.

– The distance between the teams would have been even greater if there were two matches – at home and away. This again shows that Rosenborg is very far from a level to assert itself in Europe, says Rekdal in VG’s studio after the match.

Rekdal believes that only one Rosenborg player has a good enough pace to assert himself internationally.

– Rosenborg is a team with a lot of routine, but they are very heavy and tough. Adegbenro may have a bit of an x-factor with speed, otherwise there are no RBK players who have an international pace. It shows very clearly when it comes to beat covers, pulling people off and defending themselves one on one. Rosenborg is very far from the old level.

CRITICAL: Kjetil Rekdal is not surprised that Rosenborg was eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday. He believes the team lacks the pace to be able to assert itself internationally.
Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder (NTB scanpix)

Top scorer in China

After 19 minutes of play, Rosenborg received the first real warning against what was to come, when Eran Zahavi hit the wood after a post from Ryan Thomas.

The Israeli national team striker has been brought in to shoot PSV to success, after delivering goals on the assembly line in China in recent seasons.

Halfway through the first half, he showed why. Donyell Malen hit the ball in from the left, and Zahavi had to go up alone on the back post and head in 0-1 for the Dutch.

Click on the image to enlarge. BUCKETS IN: Eran Zahavi has scored to order in China in recent years. On Thursday, he helped to lower RBK with goals and goal-scoring passes.

BUCKETS IN: Eran Zahavi has scored to order in China in recent years. On Thursday, he helped to lower RBK with goals and goal-scoring passes.
Photo: Ole Martin Wold (NTB)

Henriksen broken and punished

Just before the break, Rosenborg had a great opportunity to equalize after a weak clearance from the PSV defense. The ball ended up with Carlo Holse, who sent off a shot from sixteen meters.

The ball was stopped right in front of the line by a PSV defender, before it rolled across the penalty area and out to the corner, without either Tore Regninussen or Dino Islamovic smelling the opportunity to poke in the equalizer.

Just over a quarter of an hour into the second half, PSV doubled the lead after a Markus Henriksen pass was read and broken in the Dutch half.

PSV accelerated forward and combined well until Zahavi found Cody Gakpo. He widened the ball beautifully all the way up in the crossbar behind a chanceless André Hansen.


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