(Alta – Bodø / Glimt 1-2) The league leader in the Eliteserien seemed to be in full control against Alta in the third round of the cup, but had to fight for victory.
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Sigurd Kvile and Alfons Sampsted took Bodø / Glimt into a 2-0 lead after 50 minutes, but what looked like an easy win turned difficult towards the end.
Three minutes before the end, Christian Reginiussen cut to 1-2 and provided excitement in the closing minutes.
Mathias Dahl Abelsen fired three and a half minutes into extra time at the post, but Alta did not come close and thus Bodø / Glimt advanced to the fourth round.
At Rogaland, it looked like Molde could end up in trouble against Bryne after midfielder Sheriff Sinyan was sent off after 40 minutes. Molde was leading 2-1 at the time and showed good pace in the second half.
With two set pieces, the first after a clever free kick by Eirik Ulland Andersen, Molde finally had full control and won 4-1.
Kristiansund smoked out of the cup against YMCA Oslo:
Stabæk is fighting at the bottom of the Elite Series, but he got off to a good start against Strømsgodset. Sturla Ottesen sent the guests in the lead after five minutes, but from then on it was all about Strømsgodset.
At the top, Strømsgodset started with Nigerian forward Jordan Attah Kadiri. The 21-year-old came to Drammen on loan just before the summer transfer window closed and had only played 11 minutes for Strømsgodset previously.
After Halldor Stenevik and Gustav Valsvik turned the game around during the first round, it was Kadiri in the second round.
With goals in the 65th, 69th and 72nd minute, he became the great player of the match, and was able to take his place on the bench in the fourth quarter with his conscience.
Several teams further down the divisions saw an opportunity to advance to the fourth round of the cup. Especially for Harstad, who plays in the fourth division on a daily basis, level five in the Norwegian league system, he had the opportunity to represent a real cup bomb at home against the elite league team Brann.
For Harstad, the former Premier League pro, now playing as a player developer, Runar Normann (43), played on the left back. Normann himself played five games in the Elite Series for Brann in 2003, but terminated his contract after being informed that he would be benched for the match against Odd on May 16.
Normann could do nothing to stop the goal; In the second half, Moonga Simba rose early to 2-0 for Brann and finally in the second half the division difference became apparent. Brann’s rookie Vajebah Sakor scored Brann’s fifth goal, in a match that Brann eventually won 5-0.
Two teams from level three were secured to advance to the fourth round of the cup, when Nardo faced Arendal and Kongsvinger was visited by Fløy.
Kongsvinger won 4-1 at home against Fløy, while Nardo seemed to carry on until Arendal drew 2-2 in overtime and thus provided additional innings.
Things went better for Start, the only team from Sørlandet that was able to play at home on Wednesday night. Mikael Ugland put Start in the lead with an exquisite free kick, and after former Start player Isaac Twum tied late in the first half, Start secured the win with three goals over a good ten-minute stretch in the second. half and finally won 4-2.
The fourth round of the cup will not be played until March of next year. The final will be played on May 1.