3 games in Norway including a visit to the Arctic.
5th August 2017 Rosenborg 4 Kristiansund 1 Eliteserien 17,214
Via Oslo to Trondheim where it was somewhat festive with a medieval market, nice riverfront and a vibrant centre.
The home side consolidated top position mostly thanks to Bendtner and Helland.
6th August Tromso 1 Molde 2 Eliteserien 3,812 (c. 40 away)
Up in the Arctic, on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, Solksjaer's Molde edged the home side thanks to a winner from Erling Haaland (son of Alf-Inge)
An idyllic setting, at least in the summer, with wooden houses, the Arctic cathedral and snow-capped mountains in the background.
7th August Stromsgodset 2 Valerenga 0 Eliteserien 6,836 (c. 300 away)
Back in Drammen, near Oslo, this was a lively encounter won with two first half strikes.
Enjoyment of the home crowd characterised by rhythmic clapping but not so much by the away ultras.