ODD went to the game with the expectation of winning it. A good away game was going to be followed by a victory at home, I thought. It did not end like that.
ODD’s performance in the first half can be described with two word: scandalously poor. They created nothing, while Tromsø came to chances time and time again. And it took only nine minutes for the first goal to come. A corner was headed in by a unmarked Kara, by the help of Torgeir Børven’s leg. The second one came just two minutes later. Hans Nordbye got to walk upwards unpressed, and from 20 meters he finished it into the net by touching Niklas Gunnarson’s butt on the way. A third one could have been there just one minute later, but a briliant leg parade by André Hansen denied that. Tromsø kept the possession for the rest of the half, and for some time it looked like it was a difference of 2-3 divisions between the clubs.
Fagermo had to make changes, and Herolind Shala replaced Adem Güven. He managed to reintroduce pace and movement for the side, and became a vital threat for the Tromsø defenders. And after 75 minutes the reduction was a fact. Snorre Krogsgård used his pace and came to a crossing position. The ball was a centimeter too low, but Tromsø GK Marcus Sahlman managed only to punch the ball further towards the back post. There stood Frode Johnsen, who tapped it in with ease!
ODD became more and more dangerous now, and especially the left side, counting Eriksen and Shala, was the greatest force. And it was on one of Eriksen many long throw-ins that ODD saved a point. Niklas Gunnarson met the ball on the closest post and flicked it on to Simen Brenne, who knocked the ball in. The clock had recently passed 88 minutes, and there was not much time left for a winner. Too little time it seemed, as the ref blew his whistle a couple minutes later. This is what they call a game of two halves, as ODD was blown off the pitch in the first, but came back and fought back one point.