2012 Norwegian Football Cup Final

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2012 Norwegian Football Cup Final
Event 2012 Norwegian Football Cup
Hødd won 4–2 on penalties
Date 25 November 2012
Venue Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Man of the Match Ørjan Nyland
Referee Kjetil Sælen[1]
Attendance 24,217

The 2012 Norwegian Football Cup Final was the 107th final of the Norwegian Football Cup. The final was contested by Hødd and Tromsø and took place on 25 November 2012 at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, in front of a crowd of 24,217. This was Tromsø's third final, and they had won the two previous finals in 1986 and 1996, while the Norwegian First Division side Hødd played their first final ever.

Hødd, who entered the final as underdogs, won the final after penalties and became the first second-tier to win the Norwegian Cup in 15 years, since Vålerenga won in 1997. As the winner of the Norwegian Cup, Hødd earned a place in the second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

Route to the final[edit]

Hødd Round Tromsø
Tornado Måløy (D3)
Klock 4', Heltne 13', Karlsen 30' First Round Porsanger (D3)
Nystrøm 36', 53'
Arna-Bjørnar (D3)
Karlsen 55' Second Round Stjørdals-Blink (D3)
Frantzen 45', Drage 68'
Sarpsborg 08 (AL)
2–1 aet
Standal 66', Helland 117' Third Round Tromsdalen (AL)
Yttergård Jenssen 48', Ondrášek 62', Björck 65', Lysvoll 87'
Asker (D2)
Heltne 4', Sandal 20', 37', Helland 53', 61', Standal 56', Mork 63' Fourth Round Start (AL)
1–1 (4–1 p)
Johansen 43'
Haugesund (TL)
2–2 (5–4 p)
Helland 32', 49' Quarterfinal Bodø/Glimt (AL)
Ondrášek 23'
Brann (TL)
Aursnes 40', Helland 66', Sellin 81' Semifinal Molde (TL)
Ondrášek 3', Årst 72'


Hødd faced the Third Division team Tornado Måløy in the First Round of the 2012 Norwegian Football Cup, and Hødd became the third team in four years to reach the final after beating Tornado Maløy in the First Round, like Molde did in 2009 and Aalesund in 2011.[2] Fredrik Klock scored Hødd's first goal after a corner kick, before Vegard Heltne scored the second goal a few minutes later. Michael Karlsen's goal after 30 minutes was the last goal in the match, and Hødd won comfortably 3–0.[3] Karlsen also scored in the Second Round when Hødd won 1–0 against another Third Division side, Arna-Bjørnar.[4] Hødd's head coach Lars Arne Nilsen claimed ahead of the final that Arna-Bjørnar was the team who was closest on eliminating Hødd from the cup that year.[5]

The First Division side Sarpsborg 08 visited Høddvoll in the Third Round, and it was the guests that took the lead after 38 minutes when Morten Giæver scored. Espen Standal equalized after 66 minutes and with 1–1 at full-time, the match went into extra time. As the tie approached 120 minutes, Pål André Helland scored Hødd's winning goal.[6] Helland scored twice when Hødd drew 2–2 in the quarter-final against the Tippeligaen side Haugesund. Hødd won the penalty shoot-out 5–4 when Martin Bjørnbak missed Haugesund's sixth penalty after Helland and Haugesund's Alexander Søderlund missed one penalty each while the rest scored.[7]

The supporters of Brann booked plane-tickets and hotel-rooms in Oslo after their team were drawn away against Hødd in the semi-final, as they were confident that Brann would beat the second-tier team and reach a second consecutive cup final,[8] despite not winning in Møre og Romsdal since Brann won 2–0 against Molde on 6 May 2006.[9] Zsolt Korcsmár sent Brann in the lead after 17 minutes before Fredrik Aursnes equalized five minutes before half time. With goals from Helland and Kjell Rune Sellin in the second half Hødd won 3–1, and qualified for their first ever Norwegian Cup final.[10]


Tromsø won 2–0 after two goals from Steffen Nystrøm against the Third Division side Porsanger in the First Round.[11] Tromsø met Stjørdals-Blink in the Second Round, six years after they met in the Second Round of the 2006 Norwegian Football Cup, and Tromsø won 2–1 after goals from William Frantzen and Thomas Drage.[12] Tromsdalen, who have met only either Tromsø or Bodø/Glimt in the Third Round since 1993,[13] were beaten 4–0 in the Third Round after goals from Ruben Yttergård Jenssen, Zdeněk Ondrášek, Fredrik Björck and Vegard Lysvoll.[14]

Remi Johansen sent Tromsø in the lead after 42 minutes in the Fourth Round match against second-tier team Start. Rolf Daniel Vikstøl equalized for Start three minutes into injury time, and after none of the team scored in the extra time the match was decided in a penalty shoot-out, which Tromsø won 4–1.[15] Tromsø eliminated rivals FK Bodø/Glimt in the quarterfinal after Ondrášek scored the only goal at Aspmyra Stadion.[16] Last years Tippeligaen winners, Molde, the only team who won against Tromsø at Alfheim Stadion last season, were drawn against Tromsø in the semi-final.[17] Ondrášek scored the first goal in the semi-final at Alfheim, and Tromsø were leading 1–0 at half time. Ole Martin Årst scored Tromsø's second goal in the 72nd minute, and when Molde only managed to score once, Daniel Chima seven minutes before full-time, Tromsø were ready for their first Norwegian Cup final since 1996.[18]



Like in the previous finals, the two clubs received 13,000 of the 25,500 tickets to the final. Of the 13,000 seats, the two club got 3,000 each while the remaining 7,000 are distributed between the clubs based on the average attendance in their home games in the league, which resulted in 7,300 tickets to Tromsø while Hødd received 5,700. The remaining 10,000 tickets went to partners of the Norwegian Football Association.[19][20]

The Norwegian FA decided to rebuild parts of the stands at Ullevaal, in particular the stands where Tromsø's supporters were situated. Construction started a week and a half before the match and as a result Tromsø's supporters are not going to have a roof during the match. This has caused some distress among the supporters, who fear that the lack of a roof will rob their singing of the proper acoustics during the match.[21]


Ten years after Kjetil Sælen made his debut as a referee in Tippeligaen, he was selected to officiate his first Norwegian Cup final.[22] The Arna-Bjørnar based referee had previously been fourth official in the 2006 Norwegian Football Cup and had officiated 115 matches in Tippeligaen at the time of the final. Sælen's assistants for the final was Sven Erik Midthjell from Eid IL and Reidar Gundersen from Frisk Asker. Kristoffer Helgerud was originally assigned as fourth official,[23] but were replaced by Brage Sandmoen the day before the final.[24]



Tromsø, who won the Norwegian Cup in 1986 and 1996, went into their third final as favourites; the team finished fourth in Tippeligaen while Hødd, who appeared in their first final, avoided relegation to the Second Division in the last match with better goal difference than Tromsdalen. The two teams had met each other on four previous occasions, when Tromsø were playing in the First Division in 2002 they won both matches against Hødd 3–0. Tromsø also won both matches when Hødd were playing in Tippeligaen in 1995.[25]


Saliou Ciss was preferred ahead of Tromsø's captain Mika Koppinen as the left centre back,[26] and with Koppinen on the bench Ruben Yttergård Jensen was captaining Tromsø, who played in a 4-4-2 formation.[27] Aursnes, who scored against Brann in the semifinal, was ill ahead of the final but recovered in time to start in Hødd's 4-2-3-1 formation alongside Sivert Heltne Nilsen in the midfield.[26]

Hødd's Vegard Heltne fouled Hans Norbye after only 14 seconds[28] and received the fastest ever yellow card in a Norwegian Cup final.[27] One minute later, Ondrášek had a big opportunity to send Tromsø in the lead, but his shot hit above the crossbar. Tromsø controlled possession in the start of the first half, and Thomas Drage had a shot from the corner of the penalty area in the 17th minute, but his shot ended half a meter wide off the post. Hødd had two great chances at the end of the first half, but both the shots from Sandal and Helland went wide off the post.[29]

Hødd settled into their own rhythm after half time, and took the lead after 62 minutes when Sandal sent a defence-splitting pass to Sellin who converted the ball behind Benny Lekström. Minutes later, Sandal unleashed a 30-yard strike which went only inches over the bar. Tromsø almost drew level when veteran striker Ole Martin Årst, but Hødd's goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland saved it with his face. Nyland then repeated his heroics five minutes later, this time denying Ondrášek with a one-hand save from point-blank range. Three minutes from full-time, Ciss finally ended Hødd's resolve when he scored from Remi Johansen's centre.[29]

In the extra time, the pressure from Tromsø was almost continuous. However, it was Hødd who got the first big chance after 102 minutes when Andreas Rekdal was along with the goalkeeper, but instead of shooting Rekdal sent a pass to Helland who shot over the open goal from 20 meter. During the last three minutes of the extra time Nyland, who was voted as the man of the match by the official jury, had two magnificent saves on shots from Remi Johansen and Ruben Kristiansen.[28]

After Akem Latifu, Årst, Nilsen, Drage and Helland converted their penalties, Ørjan Nyland saved the penalty from Remi Johansen with Hødd leading 3–2. Tromsø's goalkeeper Lekström then followed up by saving Sandal's penalties before Ciss sent his attempt wide. Andreas Rekdal scored on the next penalty, which meant that Hødd won the penalty shoot-out, and secured their first Norwegian Cup ever.[29]


25 November 2012
13:15 CET
Hødd 1–1 (a.e.t.) Tromsø
Sellin Goal 62' Report Ciss Goal 87'
Latifu Penalty scored
Nilsen Penalty scored
Helland Penalty scored
Sandal Penalty missed
Rekdal Penalty scored
4-2 Penalty scored Årst
Penalty scored Drage
Penalty missed Johansen
Penalty missed Ciss
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 24,217
Referee: Kjetil Sælen[1]
GK 1 Norway Ørjan Nyland
RB 24 Nigeria Akeem Latifu
CB 5 Norway Fredrik Klock (c)
CB 2 Norway Steffen Moltu
LB 3 Norway Victor Grodås
RM 22 Norway Fredrik Aursnes Substituted off 120'
CM 7 Norway Erik Sandal
LM 16 Norway Sivert Heltne Nilsen
RW 19 Norway Vegard Heltne YC 1' 0 Substituted off 85'
CF 23 Norway Kjell Rune Sellin Substituted off 96'
LW 8 Norway Pål André Helland
GK 25 Norway Jan Lennart Urke
FW 9 Norway Espen Standal Substituted in 96'
DF 13 Norway Ruben Kenneth Brandal
MF 15 Norway Bendik Torset Substituted in 120'
DF 17 Norway Ørjan Engen Grimstad
MF 18 Norway Andreas Rekdal Substituted in 85'
MF 21 Norway Eirik Heltne
Head Coach:
Norway Lars Arne Nilsen
GK 27 Sweden Benny Lekström
RB 14 Norway Hans Norbye
CB 3 Sweden Fredrik Björck
CB 22 Senegal Saliou Ciss YC 43'
LB 4 Norway Ruben Kristiansen
RM 18 Norway Thomas Kind Bendiksen Substituted off 81'
CM 2 Senegal Kara Mbodj Substituted off 67'
CM 11 Norway Ruben Yttergård Jenssen (c)
RM 10 Norway Thomas Drage
CF 28 Switzerland Aleksandar Prijović Substituted off 54'
CF 13 Czech Republic Zdeněk Ondrášek
GK 35 Finland Henri Sillanpää
DF 7 Finland Miika Koppinen
FW 9 Norway Steffen Nystrøm
MF 15 Norway Magnus Andersen Substituted in 81'
DF 16 Norway Hans Åge Yndestad
MF 17 Norway Remi Johansen Substituted in 67'
FW 25 Norway Ole Martin Årst Substituted in 54'
Head Coach:
Norway Per-Mathias Høgmo


  • Assistant referees:
    • Svein Erik Midthjell (Eid IL)[1]
    • Reidar Gundersen (IF Frisk-Asker)[1]
  • Fourth official: Kristoffer Helgerud (Lier IL)[1]


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

See also[edit]


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