(Valur Reykjavik – Bodø / Glimt 0-3) Ulrik Saltnes scored, assisted and fixed penalty kicks in Glimt’s impressive debut in the Conference League in Iceland.
It would take 40 minutes with high pressure and several half chances before Bodø / Glimt would finally be rewarded for their hard work. Erik Botheim was ready inside the field on a post, and headed the ball perfectly through to Ulrik Saltnes, who could easily put the ball in the net behind former Brann and Bodø / Glimt goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson.
– I think we control most of the game. We get the rooms we want and make a lot, says Glimt coach Kjetil Knudsen after the qualifying match.
– It was very good until the last quarter, Glimt stopper Brede Moe points out.
– Bodø / Glimt are very very evening, I think. And they are very similar to themselves, said Kjetil Rekdal in the studio of VG.
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Five minutes into the second half, Saltnes ran into the box again, and there his former teammate Halldórsson caught him illegally. Patrick Berg appeared on cue near the post, and steered it past the goalie.
– I think we get the match in the track we wanted. It’s good to be rewarded for hard work, says Berg and explains the penalty score:
– I was very sure that Halldórsson would throw himself to the other side, because there I shot my last penalties, so then I switched sides.
Four minutes later, Berg found midfield colleague Saltnes, and he fired a shot that went from post to post and in.
Valur struggled to get to the big chances, but towards the end of the first half Pedersen easily pulled past Glimt’s defense, but the finish was too weak and went straight to goalkeeper Nikita Haikin.
Towards the end of the match Valur came up with some shot attempts, but the closest she came to goal was a shot in the post by Sverrir Páll Hjaltested and one in the crossbar by Arnór Smárason.
– We live in the end a little dangerous, and can get something in the woodwork, says Knudsen.
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Bodø / Glimt had not won in their last five matches, and came away from a draw against Sarpsborg on Saturday. The Northerners were eliminated from the Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw after two straight losses.
– I think this was important to her. And 3-0 away against Valur is good, says Rekdal.