(Odd – Vålerenga 1-2) Henrik Bjørdals (24) penalty scoring the quarter before the end ensured that Vålerenga won away against Odd for the first time since 2016.
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Since then, the four matches the teams have played at Skagerak Arena have ended with three home wins and a draw, but on Saturday the bad series was broken for Dag-Eilev Fagermo and Vålerenga.
Last season, it ended 4-1 to Odd at home, but Fagermo can for the first time go home with an away win from his old home field.
– It was ugly, but it was extra nice, Bjørdal says to Discovery + after the victory.
The three points ensure that Vålerenga takes on the teams ahead, and is only one point behind Rosenborg and Kristiansund in fifth and sixth place respectively before they play on Sunday.
For Odd, next season’s elite league place is not completely secured yet. With two games left, they have six points down to Stabæk in qualifying. Stabæk still has three games left, and in the last round of the series, Odd and Stabæk will meet.
Vålerenga got off to a perfect start in the match, when Odin Thiago Holm sent them in the lead even before four minutes had been played. Amor Layouni put the ball low into the Odd field, and Thiago Holm had run free. He knocked, and could see that the ball whizzed into the net behind Odd-keeper Leopold Wahlstedt.
– It was good to get an early lead, says Thiago Holm to Discovery + during the break.
The visitors continued to control much of the match after the lead goal, but failed to play to the fullest potential. Then it narrowed instead at the opposite end.
Solomon Owusu lifted the ball up on Markus André Kaasa in the Vålerenga field. He masterfully put the ball back to Tobias Lauritsen, who on half volley knocked in the equalizer.
– It was very nice, Lauritsen says to Discovery + during the break.
After the break, Odd pressed for a goal, but Vålerenga goalkeeper Kjetil Haug stopped the hosts with several good saves. Unfortunately for the guests, Haug landed wrong five minutes into the second half, and the goalkeeper had to give in with an injury. Mathias Dyngeland came in for his Vålerenga debut.
After 71 minutes, Vålerenga’s coach Henrik Udahl threw in the pursuit of a winning goal, and only two minutes later he got a penalty kick. The 24-year-old was laid to rest by Odd captain Steffen Hagen, and judge Tom Harald Hagen was confident in his case.
Henrik Bjørdal stood up, before he coldly rolled the ball into the net.