Residents of the scenic city of Molde in Romsdal were celebrating their local football club MFK after it won Norway’s long-delayed Cup Final for the 2021 season on Sunday. Molde beat Bodø/Glimt with the match’s only goal, but the hero who kicked it in thinks Bodø/Glimt showed poor sportsmanship.
Molde fans were cheering Sivert Mannsverk for scoring on a penalty against Bodø/Glimt, which hadn’t been easy for Mannsverk. He claims Bodø/Glimt and especially player Hugo Vetlesen fussed over the penalty kick “and began to psych me out. That sort of thing shouldn’t happen, but I scored so it was fantastic.”
Molde fans thought so, too, and it was another defeat for Bodø/Glimt, which had been on a roll but has run into trouble lately. Mannsverk is only 19, became an instant hero and relished the moment in front of 19,657 spectators at the national football statium in Oslo. It had been a festive weekend in the capital as well, with the first May Day parade in three years, good weather and football fans wandering the streets in their teams’ colours.
Mannsverk’s football future seems bright as well. “He was just enormous today,” claimed NRK commentator Carl-Erik Torp. “What a presentation by a young guy! It’s almost unbelievable that a 19-year-old, with so much pressure on him, could stand there and take his time and then score perfectly.” It was also the first time Molde had won the equivalent of Norway’s football championship since 2013 and 2014, when the club was coached by Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær.