Rosenborg relishes ‘historic’ victory

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Trondheim football club Rosenborg was heavily favoured heading into Norway’s annual Cup Final against an unlikely challenger, Kongsvinger. The match ended as predicted, but both sides were cheering.

For Rosenborg, its winning score of 4-0 was dubbed as “historic” since it yielded the club’s second Cup victory two years in a row. Pål André Helland was the hero of the day after scoring three of the four goals following a season plagued by injury.

Kongsvinger’s players and fans were just thrilled to be there, with the match historic for them as well. It was the first time ever that the small club from Hedmark County had made it to the Cup Final, and played at the national arena at Ullevaal in Oslo before nearly 20,000 spectators who included the king and prime minister.

“We haven’t lost a thing,” declared Kongsvinger’s Portuguese coach Luis Pimenta. “We have created new enthusiasm.”

The Norwegian women’s football league also wound up the season with a Cup Final on Saturday, played out at the Telenor Arena at Fornebu and also with King Harald in attendance. LSK Kvinner beat Røa by a score of 2-0.

newsinenglish.no staff