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Rosenborg prevailed over Vålerenga

Norway’s two top football (soccer) clubs battled it out in Trondheim on Sunday and the home-town team emerged on top, when Rosenborg beat Vålerenga 3-1 to reign as league champions after a match marred by various offenses.

Perhaps the most bizarre was an argument over whether one player pinched another on the field, while yet another was thrown out of the game over a controversial tackle.

“It was a well-deserved victory, but too bad about the (expulsion) of (Freddy) dos Santos,” said Rosenborg coast Nils Arne Eggen after the match. Even though dos Santos played for the other side, Eggen noted that such expulsions “will always affect a match.”

Eggen and Vålerenga coach Martin Andresen had a verbal battle of their own after the match, over the pinching incident and referees’ decisions. “You lost 3-1, don’t blame it on the referees,” claimed Eggen. Andresen ultimately decided he should “just congratulate Rosenborg with the league championship,” despite the “unnecessary” expulsion of dos Santos.

Rosenborg had 17 wins and nine losses during the season and notched up 60 points, compared to Vålerenga’s next-best 52 points and Tromsø’s 47.

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