(Viking – Haugesund 1–1) Kristoffer Velde (22) is often at the center of events. He was also tonight, when he made sure that a medal-chasing Viking gave points.
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Veton Berisha’s 20th league goal of the season did not hold for the home team. After first taking the lead, Kristoffer Velde equalized to 1-1 from the penalty spot. It was also the end result.
– It is incredibly sad to only get one point. They got the match into the track they wanted, at the same time as we were not good enough both with and without the ball, says Veton Berisha to Discovery +.
In the Haugesund camp, they were more satisfied.
– They are in the medal fight, so all the points we can take from them to prevent it, we try. We took two points from them at the same time as we do a good show, says Kevin Krygård to Discovery + just after the match.
The home team immediately took control in Stavanger. But there was no chance bonanza in the first round. Joe Bell was closest to scoring for the hosts, while Sondre Liseth was a block away from sending the visitors ahead.
But the temperature was more than enough at SR-Bank Arena, both on and off the field. While the yellow cards and tough tackles were loose, referee Espen Eskås actually had to stop the match for two minutes due to too much smoke on the field.
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A lot of flames were lit in the stands during the first round.
– It has smelled like gunpowder, but it has been far from any fireworks we have been served on the field, summed up commentator Petter Bø Tosterud at Discovery + as the teams went to break.
Vikings Kristoffer Løkberg thought they had a lot to go on before the second round.
– It’s a good move, but the game is not good enough. They come to destroy, and do well. We have to be more skilled with the ball, Løkberg told Discovery +.
After the break, we saw a more offensive Haugesund. Sondre Liseth and Kristoffer Velde both had their opportunities to send the guests ahead, but it was the home team that first had to get a hole in the boil.
Veton Berisha has been in great shape all year. Just before the hour was played, scoring number 20 came this season. The striker was alert on his own return and ensured 1-0.
But Haugesund had to respond almost immediately. Five minutes after Berisha’s net knowledge, midfielder Gianni Stensness was too late into Niklas Sandberg within his own 16-meter. Judge Espen Eskås pointed resolutely at the penalty spot.
Kristoffer Velde, who had been peppered by the Stavanger audience throughout the match, stepped up and sent the ball controlled down in the right corner to 1-1.
In search of the match-winning score, the Vikings’ coaching duo changed to three behind. But no real final sprint ever came, neither from Viking nor Haugesund. It ended 1-1 in Stavanger, which means that Rosenborg can close much of the gap up to 3rd place if they were to win against Molde tomorrow.