HAMAR / OSLO (VG) (HamKam – Lillestrøm 1–1) With Ståle Solbakken (52) in the stands, HamKam took on the role of the party braking. Now this could be the end of a tense season for Lillestrøm.
A win at Briskeby was enough to secure promotion to the Elite Series for LSK, but Kjetil Rekdal wanted it differently.
In the stands sat Norway’s new national team manager, Ståle Solbakken, who saw Kristian Eriksen sending the hosts the lead.
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– I think we surprised them a little bit, said Eriksen to VG.
Solbakken played for HamKam from 1989 to 1994, before his career continued at Lillestrøm until 1997. Gruesokningen also coached HamKam from 2002 to 2005.
Now Kjetil Rekdal takes the lead. The former Vålerenga coach has lifted HamKam from a hopeless situation at the base of the Obos league.
– Maybe we need someone to take good care of us, said Markus Solbakken, son of Ståle, told VG.
For a long time it looked as if HamKam would take a step into qualifying, but eight minutes before full time Tryggvi Hrafn Haraldsson equalized for the visitors.
– A rather boring ending. “Lillestrøm is making good progress, but there are two teams doing well this fall,” said Kristian Eriksen.
This means Lillestrøm only needs one point to secure promotion.
Sogndal is six points behind, but has two games remaining and on goal difference with Lillestrøm.
Ull / Kisa (away) and Åsane (at home) are Sogndal’s two matches remaining, while Lillestrøm finished at home against Grorud in the final round of the draw.
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