- Strømsgodset – Bodø / Glimt 1-2
It was a clearly emotional Glimt coach, Kjetil Knutsen, who attended the Eurosport interview after the match.
– It’s a big day, I’m touched. It has been a whole club that has worked in the same direction for a long, long time, Knutsen said.
– We will enjoy this delicious feeling. This has been absolutely unique. I feel we have moved the border for both our own part and Norwegian football, smiled captain Ulrik Saltnes.
This is the first time a club from Northern Norway has won league gold. It also happens on the day Tromsø moved up to the Elite Series again.
Points were enough to secure the gold on Sunday, and already after just over three minutes, the nerves could settle.
Philip Zinckernagel dribbled around on the right and hit the post. Inside in front of goal, Kasper Junker slipped on the slippery pitch, but lying down he managed to send Glimt in the lead.
After just over ten minutes, Zicnkernagel did it himself. He dotted the nets in the bottom corner from a distance, and made it 2-0. Then the golden calm had settled over the Glimt team.
Keeper in great shape
After that, the hosts took over more at Marienlyst, and had great chances to reduce, but Nikita Khajkin made several great saves at the back.
With six minutes left of full time, however, there was some excitement. Valdimar Thor Ingimundarson put in the reduction, but Strømsgodset had nothing more to offer.
Glimt has been completely superior this season. Down to Molde in 2nd place, there are 18 points with five games left.
But it will be a strange celebration.
Key players Patrick Berg and Marius Lode are in quarantine in Oslo. They were part of the national team squad and were close contacts to Omar Elabdellaoui who first tested positive, before they themselves tested positive for corona later.
Coach Kjetil Knutsen took the opportunity to greet the duo before the match.
In addition, midfielder Brede Moe was out with an injury, while perhaps the best player of them all this season – Jens Petter Hauge – sat on the bench for AC Milan against Napoli when the gold was secured. When his teammates popped the champagne in the locker room, he was replaced in the big match.
In overtime, he punctured the match to 3-1. For a dream evening for both Hauge and the whole of Bodø.
The estate crisis
For Godset, on the other hand, it will be a nerve-wracking autumn. The league champions from 2013 stand with both legs well planted in the relegation battle.
After Start won earlier on Sunday, they are in qualifying with 24 points. There are four points down to arch-rival Mjøndalen on direct relegation, but only one up to Brann and Start in a safe place.