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Long-awaited upturn for Vålerenga – knocked out hard-pressed Tromsø in the cup

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Tromsø’s Kent-Are Antonsen had to leave the pitch with an injury. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Of NTB | 05/01/2024 18:44:06

Sport: The Nordlendingene came to Oslo with five straight losses in the Eliteserien. The only bright spots have been two 6-0 victories in the first two cup rounds.

Opponents were Vålerenga, who also haven’t got things going after last year’s relegation. Before the match, the Oslo team had eight games without a win on their own artificial turf.

In overtime, Tromsø’s Lasse Nordås could have become the hero, but his hard shot hit the crossbar. Simen Juklerød decided just before the clock struck 100 minutes. The wing-back took an overstepping feint in the 16-metre area before finishing beautifully in the far corner.

Tromsø got off to the best start in the capital without converting it into scoring. Vålerenga was eventually close, but the teams were the same distance at half-time. Both teams had new opportunities after the break, but the game went to extra time. There, Juklerød became the great hero.

Vålerenga meets Bryne on Saturday. Geir Bakke and co. is just one point above the relegation zone.

For Tromsø, the Vikings await away. The red and whites have struggled mightily in the start of the elite series, and it didn’t help that captain Kent-Are Antonsen had to retire with an injury on Wednesday evening.

(© NTB)

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