(Ventspils – Rosenborg 1–5) Åge Hareide’s first victory was strongly marked by wind in the Latvian port city by the Baltic Sea. RBK secured easy advancement.
– I have never been in a match in such a wind before. There was a storm in the casts. It was a trial for the players, says the Rosenborg coach who grew up on windy Hareid on the coast of Sunnmøre.
Hareide felt the strong headwind rush when the Latvians scored early, but then it went
. The new RBK coach experienced his first victory with the club since November 27, 2003. At that time, Røde Stjerne was beaten 1-0 in the old UEFA Cup,
Rosenborg already led comfortably 1-3 in Latvia at the break. Dino Islamovic followed up Sunday’s scoring against Strømsgodset with two new ones in Latvia.
– When the game flows, the striker must score for Rosenborg. Regardless of whether it is Islamovic or (Torgeir) Børven, says Kjetil Rekdal in VG’s football studio.
Now Alanyaspor is waiting next week in the third of four rounds before a possible group game. The match against number five in the Turkish league will basically be played at Lerkendal.
The home team took advantage of the strong tailwind already after five minutes. Yevgeny Kozlov started on a long pass Vegar Eggen Hedenstad was not as alert. The Russian slipped behind the Rosenborg hill and put the ball easily past André Hansen.
A real cold shower signed team number five in the Latvian league.
– It was unconcentrated, says Hareide – who praised the players for their professional efforts in the rest of the match.
Rosenborg did not take long to sign. Ventspil’s midfielder Giorgi Mchedlishvili kicked down Samuel Adegbenro in his own field after 13 minutes. The punishment was clear.
And Dino Islamovic hammered the ball easily up to the left. Thus 1-1 and a little more peace in the wind showers for Åge Hareide’s men.