– Not many can beat us

(Sandefjord – Molde 2–3) Molde continued to show strength at the Eliteserien and a late goal saved all three points – and increased the gap to Lillestrm at the top of the table.

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– We feel strong. Not many can beat us and you can see that from the way we’ve been playing lately. “It’s tough to face us and we’re the only ones who can stop that train here,” match winner Ola Brynhildsen told Discovery after the game.

The Sandefjord have not won a home game so far this season before tonight’s clash against Molde.

They couldn’t do it tonight either.

Hans Erik degaard’s team took the lead in the first half, but Molde won the game 3-2 thanks to substitute Ola Brynhildsen.

– It’s sad and disappointing that we didn’t win at home this year, Sandefjord’s Mats Haakenstad told Discovery after the game.

DUELS: Sandefjord fought valiantly in the duel on Sunday night, but with no points.

The first half started at an incredible pace and the first big chance came after ten minutes of play.

Molde hit back and Kristoffer Haugen volleyed in, but the ball crept to the side for Sandefjord’s goal. The visitors continued to maintain the pressure. About 20 minutes had been played when Mats Haakenstad saved the ball on the line after much fumbling on the pitch.

Despite Molde’s great chances, it was the home side who took the lead. Franklin Nyenetue hit the ball from the left, it ended in the Haugan stopper and in the net.

But Sandefjord couldn’t hold on to the lead until the break.

Just before the break, Rafik Zekhnini crossed low into the box. The ball passed Markus Kaasa and ended with Martin Linnes. The latter knocked the equalizer for the away team and the team went into the break at 1-1.

Erling Moe’s men didn’t skimp on gunpowder either in the second half. Only five minutes had passed before they took the lead at Kaasa.

Linnes played freely in the box, before he passed well to Kaasa to make it 1-2 for the visitors. Five minutes later, Molde should have extended the lead, but a save from Sandefjord keeper Fredrik Flo prevented him from scoring.

EQUALIZED: Sandefjord equalized at 2–2, but Molde fought back.

After this, Molde continued to press Sandefjord low and they had several chances that could have led to goals.

But after 78 minutes, the equalizer is a fact. Sandefjord created nothing in the second half before Ofkir pulled off a fine corner. Inside the box, Mats Haakenstad scored the equalizer.

It was tied for exactly seven minutes. Substitute Ola Brynhildsen played well by Linnes. The former was safe alone against the goalkeeper and made the final score 3-2 for the visitors.

– Game has been completed. We look more comfortable and confident. And more players are starting to get their best, Martin Linnes told Discovery after the game.

This means that Molde leads the Eliteserien by 36 points, three points behind Lillestrm in second place. Sandefjord, on the other hand, are now in twelfth place – just four points above the qualifying spots.

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