(KÍ Klaksvik – Bodø/Glimt 3–1, 3–4 aggregate) Bodø/Glimt felt the match against KÍ Klaksvik was more difficult than expected on Wednesday night. The battle of life to the end in the Faroe Islands.
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The Faroe series champions really attacked Bodø/Glimt in the second match of the first qualifying round of the Champions League. The Nordics won 3-0 in the first game, but Glimt had to fight hard in the Faroe Islands.
With Bodø/Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen in the stands, as a result of suspension following the clash in Rome, Glimt trailed 0-2 at half-time. In the second half, the Glimt boys picked themselves up a bit and secured progress to the second half of a total of four rounds in Champions League qualification. There they met Linfield Northern Ireland.
Glimt captain Ulrik Saltnes was unhappy after Wednesday’s game.
– I’m not relieved. I feel shy. It was a shame to be a part of. It’s not a pleasant feeling when the referee blows the game. Kind of a shame to be a part of it. But good lesson, he told the club website.
Assistant coach Morten Kalvenes at Glimt, who led the team during Knutsen’s absence in quarantine, told VG he felt relieved after the game.
– This is especially a very disappointing performance on our part, he said and continued:
– There is a very special atmosphere in the dressing room after the game. But there is nothing in the meetings and conversations we had ahead of the game to suggest that there was an underestimation, claims coach Glimt.
Glimt are involved in a tight fixture schedule, but Kalvenes made no substitutions in tonight’s game.
– It’s about the fact that some players are on the bench and who will be judged, we’re not sure how long they can play. So it could be that with the conclusion in hand, we can judge differently than we did right then and there, he said.
VG+ Sport features both Bodø/Glimt matches against Linfield.
The home team put a lot of pressure on Bodø/Glimt from the start. After twelve minutes of play, former Vikings, Sarpsborg and Sandnes Ulf Claes Kronberg broke free down the right and latched onto a perfect cross towards Mads Boe Mikkelsen. The latter scored 1-0 for the home team.
Glimt rolled a lot of balls after the goal, but Klaksvik didn’t give up. After 20 minutes, Joannes Bjartalid found a neat cross for Jakup Andreasen, who scored 2-0 for Klaksvik.
After a cold shower, Glimt controlled most of the game on the pitch, but was unable to create a single big chance to score in the first half. The closest was Ulrik Saltnes’ shot five minutes before the break, which went wide of the target.
In the second half, Glimt came back from the start and after 54 minutes they were awarded a penalty when a cross appeared to go into the hands of a Klaksvik player. Victor Boniface (21) placed the penalty firmly and safely to the left of the goalkeeper and thus single-handedly scored Glimt’s four goals against Klaksvik.
After the goal, great opportunities awaited, but after 85 minutes, Klaksvik really got hope again. Jakup Andreasen crossed from Bjartalid, and the score suddenly became 3-1. Then Klaksvik needed just one goal to reach extra time, but Glimt managed to weather the storm.
Glimt are not the only Norwegian team to qualify for European matches this season. Both Molde, Vikings and Lillestrm entered the second round of Conference-League qualifiers. The matches will be played on July 21 and 28.
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