DRAMMEN (VG) (Strømsgodset – Sarpsborg 0-0) Strømsgodset has played five games in the Eliteserien without a win. Now they also have two in a row without scoring.
We have to go all the way back to 16 August (3-2 over Haugesund) last team from Drammen won.
The first 45 minutes had nothing to offer. No qualified goal chances. Not before substitute Guillermo Molins knocked the ball into the metal in overtime of the first half. The old Malmö striker made his debut for Sarpsborg when he replaced Mustafa “Mos” Abdellaoue after 38 minutes played.
Until then, the best entertainment – if you can call it that – took place outside the artificial turf at Marienlyst. Strømsgodset’s coach Henrik Pedersen took care of that when he incurred a yellow card for violent mouth use against referee Kristoffer Hagenes.
It started shockingly even after the change of sides. It certainly did not smell like scoring. Not until Strømsgodset got two gigantic opportunities after just over an hour of play. Substitute Moses Mawa (he should have started) dribbled and tricked Sarpsborg goalkeeper David Mitov Nilsson inside the box. But the end was stopped at the line. Johan Hove knocked the return on goal. That ball was also blocked in the densely populated Sarpsborg defense.
The home team had gripped the match, and produced some usable chances. Like when Lars-Jørgen Salvesen headed just outside, and Horne’s finish struck just outside. But it could have quickly ended with scoring for the Eastfolds when Viljar Myhra had to go out for a long time on a header from his own defense.