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New home win for Vålerenga – climbed to 2nd place after a 3-1 win over Levanger

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Jones El-Abdellaoui scored Vålerenga’s second goal. Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

Of NTB | 26.05.2024 16:33:05

Sport: Thus, the Oslo club can finally start talking about having gotten rid of the “home ghost”. Before the 1-0 victory over Bryne on 4 May, Vålerenga had gone seven games without a win at home in the league.

Geir Bakke and co. can also cheer for climbing all the way up to 2nd place in the table, just one point behind league leader Kongsvinger, who has one game less played.

In this year’s season, they are admittedly down in 10th place in the table if you only look at the home games.

A header from Mees Rijks, a lovely shot in the cross from Jones El-Abdellaoui and a field goal from Petter Strand secured the victory for Bakke’s crew. Top scorer Sanel Bojadzic scored Levanger’s only penalty.

The pain got worse for Levanger when Daniel Pollen writhed in pain and held onto his knee seven minutes later. As a result, Ådne Bruseth had to come into the centre-back position.

During the break, Bakke made a change and replaced Vegar Eggen Hedenstad with Simen Juklerød. Arne Gunnes also came in for Adrian Teigen in the Levanger team.

After just under an hour of play, Rijks came close to doubling the hosts’ lead, but to the Dutchman’s despair, the ball crept onto the wrong side of the post.

However, Vålerenga did not give up, and just three minutes later El-Abdellaoui curled the ball into the crossbar.

In the final minutes, Filip Thorvaldsen was also awfully close to scoring Vålerenga’s third, but Jonas Pereira managed to throw himself in front and parry the shot.

But where Thorvaldsen did not have the margins on his side, Strand managed to pry the ball into the corner for the goalkeeper and set the result.

It was the first time in history that the teams met. Levanger moved up to the 1st division before the season, while Vålerenga moved down from the Eliteserien in December.

After a fresh start, Vålerenga took the lead after 21 minutes when Magnus Bech Riisnæs hit a cross towards the back post, which Rijks blocked.

Unfortunately for the hosts, the cheers were silenced when captain Christian Borchgrevink pushed Jo Sondre Aas to the ground inside the 16-metre area. This allowed Bojadzic to score his 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

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