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TRONDHEIM (VG) (Rosenborg-PSV 0-2) Rosenborg were almost without a chance when they went on their first loss under Åge Hareide – and at the same time missed important European Cup millions.

– We’re a drawer bunch. But we talked about another tough match on Sunday. We have to get back on the horse and fight. There are eleven finals left of the season, and we want to win them all, says Markus Henriksen at the press conference after the match.

Before the fateful match against Rosenborg, PSV coach Roger Schmidts spent about 52 million kroner on buying the 33-year-old goal-hungry striker Eran Zahavi from Israel. With two decisive engagements against Rosenborg, the Israeli made sure to repay two thirds of the purchase price.

– Rosenborg is a team with a lot of routine, but they are very heavy and tough. Apart from Adegbenro, there are no Rosenborg players who have international speed, and it seems. Rosenborg is very far from an old level which should indicate that they will reach Europe, says Kjetil Rekdal in VGTV’s studio after the match.

Hareide does not agree with that.

– No, I do not want to say that. I do not know who had the ball the most, but the game is pretty evenly played out on the field. I do not think we are either particularly tough or slow, says Åge Hareide to VG.

– Does this result matter in the rest of the transfer window in terms of players in and out?

– No, I do not think so.

– Do you see any benefits to quitting?

– If there are any advantages to not playing in Europe, then it gives us more time to practice. Then we get the whole week, and that is an advantage. We must continue to work with the most important thing in football, which is to put the ball in goal.

22 minutes was all PSV’s new signing needed to show off for his new club when he made it 1-0. Then again, when Rosenborg chased the equalizer twenty minutes into the second half, Zahavi’s perfect pass helped kill all hope of Rosenborg’s fourth participation in a row in the group stage of the Europa League.

– We knew what they were good at, and they scored on that; transition opportunities. We had to be careful not to end up in such situations, but it happened at the second goal. There are mistakes we must learn from. We have a way to go on the offensive, says Hareide.

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