Tromsø Idrettslag (TIL) fans endured a disappointing Sunday as their team were battered by Vålerenga (VIF). The 0 – 3 loss suffered is the result of a failed quest for TIL to break away from the teams fighting to escape the relegation battle, and their 4th consecutive loss.
Author: Adam Andrews
Prior to the game, TIL sat two positions, and one point below VIF in the Tippeligaen table, and two points away from the automatic relegation places. The result saw TIL fall into the relegation places, with just two games to play this season. TIL were in full support at the start of the game following the club’s decision to open up the gates for free entrance on what was an important game in the relegation battle, and one where the team needed the 11th man more than ever.
Date: 23rd October 2016
Half-time: 0 – 0
Full-time: 0 – 3
Venue: Alfheim Stadion (Tromsø)
Despite the first-half being end-to-end, VIF dominated in terms of possession and chances. Neither team was able to make their chances pay with TIL’s best chance coming on the 39th minute when Olsen shot wide from distance. The half-time whistle was met with boo’s and the dismay of the home supporters, and duly so. The boost in crowd numbers obviously was not working to inspire the players.
VIF’s half-time banana’s served them well as the broke out of the dressing room and scored the first goal of the game four minutes after the break when Zahid set-up Johansen on the edge of the box to score a well-placed goal past TIL goalkeeper Loncaric. Misery set in for TIL on 57th minute when VIF’s free-kick to the back-post allowed Larsen to tee up Abdellaoue’s close range tap in, to make it 2 – 0. Less than 10 minutes after, on the 65th minute, TIL fans headed for the exists on mass as their team fell 3 – 0 behind following Zahid’s persistence in closing down a loose ball to score. The resultant boo’s seemed to pep-up TIL, as they finished the game with a flurry of chances but failed to capitalise, often swiping at balls in desperation as thoughts of relegation loomed.
TIL will be hoping to better their fortunes when they travel to Sarpsborg 08 on the 30th October. Kick-off is at 18:00. Their next home game, and the last of the season will be on the 6th November when they host Odd.
49% POSSESSION 51%
2 CORNERS 5
5 SHOTS ON TARGET 4
8 SHOTS WIDE 1
13 FOULS 13
1 OFFSIDES 2