DRAMMEN (VG) (Strømsgodset – Mjøndalen 1-2) Several times the players pushed each other, but it was relegation-threatened Mjøndalen who won the war. With good help from Godset’s defense.
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Mjøndalen thus climbed past Brann and Stabæk, which before Sunday’s matches are in the bottom two places, which gives direct relegation.
Marienlyst and Mjøndalen are on the same side of the Drammenselva, but division is still one of the key words when Strømsgodset and Mjøndalen meet at «Ælv Clasico».
In the stands, the home and away fans fought in a wonderful sound duel, while the teams took care of the distribution of points in an intense showdown. There it was Mjøndalen that emerged victorious.
– It’s wonderfully delicious. The points themselves were the most important thing today, that we beat Godset at Marienlyst is a bonus. Now we are up to qualification and put pressure on those who play tomorrow, says Mjøndalen coach Vegard Hansen to VG and shows Brann and Stabæk’s matches, which are both below the line now
Syver Skaar Eriksen and Fredrik Brustad took care of Mjøndalen’s goals, while Markus Nakkim took responsibility backwards.
– It will be a big pressure on us, but we are very good at it. It is an enormously good defensive match by us, and we work really hard as a team. We would have liked more ball, but are doing well in the war and it is very worth it when we come from it with three points, says the midfielder.
For Christian Gauseth, who lives in Drammen, it tasted extra good.
– I have come to this city to stay here. Then it is important to put a stamp and show who decides. Once again, I leave here with three points. That’s exactly how it should be.
Gustav Valsvik and Morten Sætra cloned it in their own defense. The defender did not see Syver Skaar Eriksen come chasing, while the goalkeeper ended up in the middle distance. The Mjøndalen player easily rounded Sætra and rolled the ball into the open goal.
Honor and pride are at stake every time the teams play against each other, but for Mjøndalen, survival is also a concern in the final sprint of the Elite Series.
With a victory, Vegard Hansen’s men were able to climb up from the relegation places – that is, with one game more played than their closest competitors – and every point at the end of the season is vital.
The estate has secured a place in the division, but controlled most of the game. However, it went a long way between the big chances, and Mjøndalen, led by Markus Nakkim, defended masterfully. The mood was occasionally amp, where the opponents pushed and pushed each other often.
Godset is the Eliteserien’s fourth best home team, but the guests from Mjøndalen were deadly efficient and doubled the lead. Once again thanks to hopeless defensive play.
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In a pressured situation, Ari Leifsson stunned Fredrik Brustad alone through against the goalkeeper. He solved that challenge with an elegant lob.
Another substitute, Kristoffer Tokstad, knocked in a late reduction and it was a hectic end to the match. But it was the guests who ran away with three points from Marienlyst.
Mjøndalen has three games left in the Eliteserien, where Sarpsborg, Vålerenga and Bodø / Glimt are waiting. There they need new points to survive in the division.