Bodø/Glimt played a great match against the football great Roma. In the end, the score was 6-1 in favor of Bodø/Glimt. Erik Botheim and Ola Solbakken were on fire during the game.
There was an electric atmosphere in Bodø on Thursday. Strong winds and cold weather were quickly forgotten after a sparkling Glimt game. Erik Botheim and Ola Solbakken scored two goals each, and Patrick Berg and Amahl Pellegrino also scored in a sensational 6-1 victory against Roma.
The Italian team didn’t manage to get close to the Norwegian champions, and now Glimt leads the group at the halfway stage by one point over Thursday’s opponents. After the final whistle, a very satisfied Kjetil Knutsen stepped out on the field and celebrated the victory.
“I did not quite see this coming, but it was a match we controlled from A to Z. It was probably not the match Roma was most looking forward to,” Knutsen said to Viaplay after the victory.
“Everything came from the top shelf. I will not compare it with other matches, but I think it was a fantastic achievement, and it was incredibly fun to be in the stadium today,” he stated.
After eight minutes, Erik Botheim received the ball inside the box, then took a step before placing the ball in the corner of the net. In addition to two goals, Botheim also made three assists in the match.
“I do not know exactly where I am now. It was completely unreal, and for the last ten minutes, I just walked around and thought I was dreaming,” Botheim said after the match.
Twelve minutes later, it got worse for the Italian football greats. Patrick Berg hammered the ball into the goal with his left foot. The ball flew into the corner and gave the northerners a dream start.
“It’s just a matter of closing your eyes and shooting,” Berg said about the goal.
But then the Italians woke up. After 27 minutes, Roma, who had not been particularly dangerous in the first half-hour, pulled a goal back. Carles Perez was one-on-one with Nikita Khajkin and sent the ball into the goal. Amadou Diawara delivered a brilliant assist from the midfield.
After 52 minutes, the atmosphere in Bodø exploded again – Botheim scored another goal, for 3-1.
After 71 minutes, Solbakken scored a goal (4-1). Botheim made a perfect pass to Solbakken, who chipped the ball past the goalkeeper.
“This tops the biggest (experiences) I have experienced on the football field,” Solbakken said after the match.
Six minutes later, Pellegrino made it 5-1. Again, Erik Botheim was behind the goal-scoring pass.
“I did not think that we would be so extreme and good, also in Europe,” Pellegrino said.
“He is extreme in those phases. It gives us a new dimension,” Botheim said about Pellegrino.
But the party was not over there. Only two minutes later, Solbakken was on the move again. He snuck past the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty goal for 6-1.
Mourinho takes the blame
At Wednesday’s press conference, Roma coach José Mourinho expressed that he feared the artificial turf and bad weather conditions. And it did indeed bring trouble for the coach and his team, who struggled throughout the match. After the match, he admitted that he underestimated the northerners.
“There are no words. I take the blame; it was my fault,” Mourinho said at the press conference after the match.
“It was a shock. I overestimated my players. The best team won.”
Mourinho admitted after the match that he was afraid of injuries due to the pitch.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today
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