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Kolstad to new playoff final – divided opinions on red card

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Christian Berge has taken Kolstad to yet another playoff final in handball. Photo: Ole Martin Wold / NTB

Of NTB | 29/04/2024 20:04:00

Sport: The guests won 28-23 in the second leg and booked a place in the final. The first match gave Kolstad a 32-26 victory.

Drammen seemed to be hooked too well when they were behind by eight goals in the second half, but Kristian Kjelling’s men still managed to create excitement.

Towards the end, they were closest at 21-24 and 23-26. Many missed shots from Kolstad contributed to that.

TV 2’s handball expert Bent Svele thought the referee’s decision was absolutely correct.

– The pictures don’t lie. In my eyes, it is a clear red card, Svele said live.

Kjelling had a completely different view of the matter.

– It’s a ridiculous red card. He runs into him, and of course it’s a two-minute. But with a red card, we are out in foul play and terrible things. It’s a shoulder that hits him, the DHK coach added Television 2 during the break.

– I understand that it hurts poor Sander who gets it in the face. Red card is certainly correct in many ways. But when we have the physical level we are at here, I think it will be stupid, continued Kjelling.

– It is very unfortunate and very sad. I give judges an opportunity to judge. It’s a real shame that I hit him in the face. It is not on purpose, he told TV 2.

Sigvaldi Björn Gudjonsson became Kolstad’s top scorer with seven goals from as many shots. For the hosts, Emil Magnus Hansson was sharpest with his five scores.

ØIF Arendal take on Elverum in the second semi-final on Tuesday after narrowly losing the away game 35-36.

Earlier in the season, Kolstad won both the series and the NM. Until last year’s final loss, Elverum had won the play-offs nine times in a row.

The away team led 14-12 at half-time. Shortly before the break, Drammen’s key player August Storbugt received a red card shortly after Sander Sagosen thundered on the floor.

Storbugt explained the episode by saying that he tried to get past Kolstad’s robust defensive block.

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