FC Rostov vs Rosenborg by 20Legend
FC Rostov has not been any particularly great team through the last seasons as they have come in the shadow of the other big clubs from the capital. However, this season has truly been different for them, as they are in 2nd place before heading into the break this season. it is also just three points up to the leading CSKA Moscow which is quite sensational when considering a club that has a 11th place as their best position in the league before this season. Led by their top scorer Dimitrij Poloz (7 goals) they should be full of confidence before the meeting this afternoon. The team has played three club friendlies in February which has resulted in 1-1-1 in toal against Chinese Jiangsu Sainty (3-0 win), Angolian Benfica Luanda (0-0) and South-Korean Suwon (0-2 loss).
Rosenborg will get another chance to get their first win under the sun in Marbella after losing their last match against FC Copenhagen (2-1) in Denmark on February 21st. The team was flying directly from Denmark to Spain so the training on Tuesday was just restitution from both their last game and long flight. The team did a good performance against their Scandinavian neighbor’s biggest team, but had to see Copenhagen being the better team at this point. The Danes gave them a shock start with a 1-0 lead after just five minutes through their striker Federico Santander. The rest of the half was much more close, but not with any big chances and 1-0 stood to halftime. The second half was a more open scenario to begin with and Pal Andre Helland showed his skill once again when he planted the goal inside the top corner after 55 minutes. A new period of close duals was taking over the game before FC Copenhagen went for it inside the last quarter. Benjamin Verbic made it 2-1 after 74 minutes and the Danes thought that they had scored the 3-1 goal after 80 minutes, but the goal was disallowed through offside. However, Rosenborg did not manage to equalize, but it was a nice experience despite the loss.
The bad injury-news is that their experienced left-back Mikael Dorsin after pulling a knee-ligament on the training on Tuesday, making him also loose the start of the season. Striker Matthias Vilhjalmsson has got the flu and did not play against FC Copenhagen last Sunday, and it is expected that he will stay out of tonight’s game as well. Striker Christian Gytkjaer will get another start. After his transfer from Haugsund and a hard period of training, he has stated that both he and the team are feeling more ready towards a new season at this point.
I do not know much about the quality of FC Rostov other than their impressive results so far this season. However, I think it should be an entertaining game to watch as Rosenborg will not be afraid to go for the win here. Strong lineups are expected and I once again believe in over 2.5 goals in another club friendly in Spain, as both teams clearly have offensive potential.