Lillestrom football club (LSK) prevailed in front of King Harald V and thousands of fans at Norway’s national Ullevaal football stadium in Oslo to win the men’s Norwegian football championship on Sunday. It’s popularly known as the Cup Final, and the biggest football match of the year.
Lillestrøm beat rival club Sarpsborg 08 by a score of 3-2, thus ending the football season for this year. Simen Kind Mikalsen, Mats Haakenstad and Lillestrøm’s captain Frode Kippe scored for the team known for its bright yellow jerseys.
Kippe was the day’s hero, a 39-year-old veteran who got into a duel with Sarpsborg’s Patrick Mortensen and ended up with a deep cut on his forehead that left him bloody and dazed. Three minutes later Kippe managed to actually head in the winning goal.
“I never considered being swapped out,” Kippe told state broadcaster NRK when it was all over. “I just had to be stapled back together and keep playing,” with a head bandage in place.
Kippe admitted he really wanted to score himself for the club that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. He’d also been sick earlier in the week, and didn’t have much energy left at the end of the match. “The others will have to celebrate for me,” Kippe said.