American Exports: Mix Diskerud nets in Norwegian Cup final, but Rosenborg collapse late
AMSTERDAM – Mikkel Diskerud became just the third American to score in a domestic cup final overseas on Sunday, but was unable to celebrate the NM Cupen crown after Rosenborg collapsed late in a 4-2 loss to Molde FK at Oslo's Ullevaal Stadion.
Only seconds after Molde grabbed the game's first lead in the 16th minute, the US midfielder danced around a defender at the top of the box and picked out the far corner. Diskerud joins John Harkes and Jozy Altidore on the list of Yanks to ring the bell in a cup final across the pond.
Rosenborg pulled ahead shortly after the break, but conceded three times in the final 18 minutes to miss out on their first piece of silverware since winning the Norwegian league title in 2010.
Over in Austria, Terrence Boyd was the only American to taste victory on Sunday, working 87 minutes in a 2-1 comeback win over visiting league leaders Red Bull Salzburg.
The forward fired his best chance of the match just wide near the hour. The result brought second-place Rapid to within seven points of the summit.
In France's Ligue 1, second-half sub Alejandro Bedoya squandered a golden chance to level late in a 1-0 loss to big-spending guests Monaco.
After entering in the 66th minute, the US international fired over from a great position in stoppage time. Thanks to their second consecutive home loss, the Canaries dropped one spot to fifth place.
Up in Denmark's Superliga, Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 decision at defending champs FC Copenhagen.
Countryman Mike Grella made his debut for the Greens, coming on in the 83rd minute. Viborg slipped to seventh after their third straight defeat.
Elsewhere, Brad Friedel watched from the bench as Tottenham suffered a 6-0 trouncing at Manchester City and Steve Cherundolo did likewise as Hannover 96 fell 3-1 away to nearby rivals Hamburg.