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Tromsø still without points – Viking penalty in overtime gave a 2-1 victory

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Sander Svendsen is down after the duel that gave Viking the decisive penalty kick against Tromsø. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 05.05.2024 21:24:03

Sport: Anders Finjord Jenssen clashed with Viking substitute Sander Svendsen in the field two minutes into overtime. Svendsen managed to nod the ball before he was hit, and referee Rohit Saggi resolutely pointed to the penalty kick.

Zlatko Tripic kept his cool and tapped the penalty into the roof of the net. Then the game was almost six minutes into overtime. Because Svendsen received treatment, many minutes passed between the offense and the shot.

Last year’s bronze winner Tromsø has had a rotten start to the season. Four straight series losses and a cup exit against Vålerenga was the foretaste before Sunday’s away game against a Viking team hungry for points. On Sunday, there was another loss.

Lars-Jørgen Salvesen nodded in a well-deserved lead for Viking in the 52nd minute, but Tromsø captain Ruben Yttergård Jenssen equalized straight after.

Both teams had chances that could have decided the game, but Viking won the chance statistics superiorly and won all in all deservedly.

Tromsø is last in the table with zero points.

The biggest chances came around the half hour mark. First, Tobias Guddal threw himself and prevented Lars-Jørgen Salvesen from getting a shot inside the box, but the ball went straight to Peter Buch Christiansen, who shot into the crossbar via a TIL leg.

The corner kick ended with Simen Kvia-Egeskog’s shot towards the crossbar eluding a Tromsø player and narrowly missing the post.

Djibril Diop also hit the crossbar, but it would have been ruled out for offside if it had gone in.

Tromsø had shown little progress until then, but responded immediately. Kent-Are Antonsen pursued a long forward play and reached the ball at the dead line. Gianni Stensness threw himself and prevented the cross from reaching Nordås, who was ready to shoot, but the ball went straight to Ruben Yttergård Jenssen. The captain shot it flat in the corner.

Minutes later, Viking should have been in the lead again. Jost Urbancic raided the dead line and found Christiansen, who from seven meters had the whole goal to aim at. He shot straight at goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard.

A quarter of an hour before full time, it was Tromsø that had almost taken the lead. Yann-Erik de Lanlay miscalculated the arc of the ball on a long play from the Tromsø goalkeeper, and Runar Norheim came alone with the goalkeeper. Patrik Gunnarsson stepped out and saved.

It seemed to ebb away with 1-1, but two minutes into overtime came the situation that became decisive for the Vikings.

Viking hosts Levanger in the cup on Wednesday and Strømsgodset in the series next Sunday. Tromsø will be visited by Odd in the next series round.

Viking dominated the first half and created many great chances, but did not have the margins on their side.

It took a corner kick to give Viking the lead in the 52nd minute. The serve from Zlatko Tripic went over Lasse Nordås at the near post, and behind him Salvesen won the aerial duel with Guddal and nodded into the far corner.

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