INTILITY ARENA (VG) (Vålerenga – Rosenborg 1–1) Rosenborg is still undefeated in the Toppserien. Three minutes into overtime, the Trøndelag team saved points and still life in the golden dream.
The top series has had exciting seasonal rushes before, but the difference this year is that as many as four teams are still in the fight for the gold.
– It has never been so exciting, stated Morten Morisbak Skjønsberg in NRK’s broadcast.
After six straight league golds, LSK Women’s hegemony may be about to fall. On Sunday, the perhaps two biggest gold favorites met for a match at Intility Arena. Vålerenga has never won the Toppserien – Rosenborg is looking for their first gold after the name change from Trondheims-Ørn.
Both clubs have been paid for their commitment to women’s football, and are together with LSK and Avaldsnes the teams that can still go to the top of the division. Only one point separates Vålerenga at the top from Rosenborg and Avaldsnes.
A cannonball from Sara Kanutte Fornes (18) in overtime ensured points sharing and great excitement at the top.
– It was delicious! I felt it hit my foot and thought “it goes in”, she grins.
– How important was that scoring for Rosenborg?
– We are still undefeated and still in the gold fight. It is an important goal that creates self-confidence, says the 18-year-old.
A glorious sun set the conditions for an evenly played top match in Oslo. Autumn is on the way and the season’s last series rounds await. It was clear that both teams knew what could potentially be at stake – because it was far between the biggest chances during the first half.
Vålerenga had the most ball, but it was Rosenborg who was most dangerous. At first, the shooting star Julie Blakstad tried, but without success. Later it was attacking colleague Cesilie Andreassen’s turn, but the match’s greatest chance was averted by a masterful save by Vålerenga goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins.
Hovedstadsklubben has the Toppserien’s most stingy defense, and had only conceded eight goals before Sunday’s match. Vålerenga lost the league opener against Sandviken, but has gone undefeated through the 13 consecutive rounds, and the league leader had kept a clean sheet in six of the last seven matches.
Celin (18) and Julie (19) are the national team future
Janni Thomsen had Vålerenga’s biggest chance before the break. Then the ball hit the post. After a break, she found her way between the bars. The right-back got loose on the edge and sent off what looked like a post. However, the ball was directed towards the goal, and hit the longest corner above and behind an outplayed goalkeeper.
Rosenborg desperately tried to strike back, and three minutes into overtime it slammed from Sara Kanutte Fornes. She saved 1-1 and still great excitement in the title fight.
– Extremely good. It was just instinct – and slam to everything you have, says RBKs all the way to NRK.
LSK in gold trouble after loss in top match
It will, after all, be a match at the door for the league gold. For the next round, new top matches await in the Toppserien. Then Rosenborg will play against Avaldsnes, while Vålerenga will take on LSK Women. There are a total of three league rounds left of the season.
However, the next series round will not come until the beginning of November. The Norwegian national team was initially scheduled to face Belarus next Wednesday, but the match has been postponed due to the contagion situation of the opposing team. Thus, the match away against Wales on October 27 will be the only one during the gathering.