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Joachim Soltvedt was the hero for Brann in Sunday’s away game against Lillestrøm. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 12.05.2024 21:19:29

Sport: – It was very delicious. Now I’ve been out of the team for a few games, and then I come in at half-time and get an assist and score a nice goal, Soltvedt told TV 2.

– Ever since I was “tiny”, I have had a violent attack on the ball, so maybe it is innate, he added.

He sat all three previous league games on the bench.

– I’ve had a bit of pain in my right calf, so that’s why my left foot also has to sit on the bench for a bit, he continued.

Soltvedt also started Sunday’s match on the bench, but came on at half-time after Fredrik Pallesen Knudsen felt unwell.

And the man with the precise left foot would quickly make himself count. After 59 minutes, Soltvedt hit a great corner kick which Sivert Heltne Nilsen headed into the goal.

– It’s a great header, but that corner is so beautifully struck, said TV 2 expert Simen Stamsø-Møller.

– There is another dimension for Brann when he (Soltvedt) is on the field, added Espen Ween.

– Words become redundant. Roll replay, said Stamsø-Møller.

The victory means that the people from Bergen hold second place behind Bodø/Glimt. Glimt is two points ahead and has a game less played.

Erling Knudtzon sent the ball into the goal for the hosts just before half-time, but the score was canceled as a result of Ruben Gabrielsen being in an offside position and blocking the view of Brann goalkeeper Mathias Dyngeland.

Shortly afterwards, Henrik Skogvold hit the ground hard after an aerial duel with Nilsen. He struggled to get back on his feet and had to be replaced just fifteen minutes after coming on for Knudtzon.

Lillestrøm is in the qualification place after seven games. Three points separate HamKam, while last place Tromsø is four points behind.

Lillestrøm made it to the quarter-finals of the NM in midweek. It will be played against Molde in October.

Lillestrøm have Viking away in the next match, while Brann take on an in-form Sandefjord.

And the left back wasn’t finished there. Barely ten minutes later, the ball came rolling to him at 18 metres, and he didn’t let himself be asked twice. With the outside of his ankle, he hammered it into the roof of the net and scored his third league goal of the season.

The pain got worse for Lillestrøm when Martin Roseth received a red card with a quarter of an hour remaining. He pushed Emil Kornvig to the ground and was rewarded with his second yellow card. Thus it was marching order.

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