Football commentators were screaming so loud you could hardly understand what they were saying when Norway’s Rosenborg football club beat Dutch giant Ajax of Amsterdam on home turf in Trondheim Thursday night. The surprise 3-2 victory hurls Rosenborg (RBK) into the Europa League, after the club lost its chance to play in the Premier League.
Rosenborg’s jubilation quickly turned to disappointment on Friday, though, when the League’s draw placed them in a group where they’ll have to play against Zenit St Petersburg of Russia. “Zenit is perhaps the toughest (opponent) we could get,” Tore Reginiussen, who plays for Rosenborg, told state broadcaster NRK. “At the same time, it’s not the greatest magnet for the public.”
Rosenborg landed in the Europea League’s Group L, which also includes Real Sociedad of Spain and Vardar Skopje of Macedonia.
Rosenborg kicked its way back into the Europa League after a year’s absence, and its victory over Ajax raised the spirits and reputation of Norwegian football, both of which have been sagging of late. The Trondheim club’s new star is Samuel Adegbenro, who scored twice in the match at a cheering Lerkendal Stadium.