Petter Strand tipped the vital match against Kristiansund the right way for Brann. And then it boiled in the Stadium.
Brann Stadium: – Never before has there been so much goose bumps in the Stadium, says Eduardo “Doddo” Andersen.
It was a draw. But that was before Petter Strand took a free kick, before Moonga Simba faked and Mathias Rasmussen was in the right place.
Strand’s free kick made it 2-1 and the atmosphere was party. Rasmussen finished 3-1 and ironic shouts for league gold from jubilant fans.
– Of enormous importance. Considering that both Tromsø and Stabæk won, and considering their confidence in their own team. After so much adversity, they now have seven points from three games, says Ballspark expert Erik Huseklepp.
His free kick from just over 20 meters went through KBK’s wall and into the net. It has been a long time since the Stadium experienced a similar roar of jubilation.
And just before the end of the game, Mathias Rasmussen set the score at 3-1 after a fantastic preparation by Moonga Simba. The relief among the public, the players and the support staff was enormous, and for good reason.
When Tromsø and Stabæk won, Brann had to win this match. And they did.
– We have not seen anything sicker
Long before good Brann ended, the drama began in spectacular fashion.
– Have you ever seen a more absurd goal? Erik Huseklepp exclaimed when Brann went up 1-0.
Brann started the game better, and the pressure was counted for just under twenty minutes into the game. And the score made the audience almost laugh.
- KBK goalkeeper Sean McDermott stopped Aune Heggebø’s header.
- The comeback was for Heggebø, who threw the ball directly at McDermott from a short distance.
- As if the opportunity couldn’t be greater, the ball landed on Petter Strand. From five meters and an open goal, he put the ball on the post.
- And to end the sequence, Dan Peter Ulvestad kicked the ball into his own goal awkwardly. 1-0 for Brann.
– We have not seen anything sicker than what I see now at Brann Stadium, commented Eurosport expert Joacim Jonsson when he saw the 1-0.
– That one will not enter
But Brann’s party stopped just before the first 45 minutes were up. Liridon Kalludra struck from the left towards the Moses Mawa spearhead.
Japhet Sery Larsen, who has impressed Brann’s central defense in recent games, tried to clear the post, but the 21-year-old ended up controlling the ball in his own goal.
– The one there just shouldn’t go in, wrote Anders Pamer about the away team’s draw.
The goal reflected how the image of the game developed towards the break.
– Brann has completely lost control of the game. It’s disappointing after the good start they got, Eduardo “Doddo” Andersen wrote in BT Live Chat.
– Incredibly good atmosphere
But the two goals before the end of the match turned it into a night out at the Stadium.
Sunday’s game against Kristiansund was an anniversary in every way at Brann Stadium.
The last time so many spectators were allowed in the Stadium was in 2019. The joy among the more than 8,000 who showed up was palpable.
– Incredibly good atmosphere in the stadium now, Doddo wrote a little in the game.
In addition, the club celebrated its 113th anniversary. The opportunity was great, and it was only increased by the fact that several of the competitors in the fight to avoid relegation won their matches.
With a victory over Lillestrøm, Tromsø increased the distance to safe ground. Relegation rival Stabæk took a rare away win against Sandefjord, where Bergen native Fredrik Haugen scored the first goal of the match.
And Brann obeyed.