our boys took another three points in their fourth match of this season's uefa europa league group stage by seeing off norwegian champions Rosenborg in style in Trondheim. Marco Rose's team put in a truly impressive performance and ran rings around the hosts in the first 45 minutes in particular.
Despite a wintery night in Scandinavia with the temperature just above freezing, we made an ideal start to the match and took the lead after just five minutes of play. Takumi Minamino put himself in a one-on-one situation by charging into the penalty area with a superb solo burst, and his shot was then fired straight past Andre Hansen in the Rosenborg goal – making it 1-0 for our boys. In the 12th minute we then got our next big opportunity, but Munas Dabbur was denied by the Norwegian side's goalkeeper on the rebound following a powerful Ulmer shot, before Takumi Minamino fired well over. After 19 minutes of play we had the ball in the Rosenborg goal again. Andre Ramalho played a perfect ball up over the defence that Takumi Minamino struck on the volley to make it 2-0 by completing his brace. After an half an hour of play, the home fans were able to see the Norwegians threaten for the first time, but Alexander Walke turned a powerful header from Alexander Soderlund over the crossbar with a superb save. From the resulting corner, Samuel Adegbenro was able to shoot in the area, but he wasn't capable of breaching our defensive ranks. In the 37th minute it became 3-0 for us as Fredrik Gulbrandsen seized on a perfect squared ball from Stefan Lainer to smash clinically in the Rosenborg goal. In the 41st minute, Amadou Haidara then missed by sending a shot a fraction wide of the post, before Takumi Minamino made it 4-0 at half-time after being teed up by Gulbrandsen (45').
In the 48th minute, the ball was in the Rosenborg goal again, but what would have been our fifth goal from Fredrik Gulbrandsen was ruled out by the official for a supposed offside – despite TV pictures showing that it was a mistaken decision. Four minutes later, Rosenborg pulled it back to 4-1 as Samuel Adegbenro sent the ball into the Salzburg net after a Bendtner pass via the inside of the post (52'). Just five minutes later we restored our four-goal advantage. It looked at first to be another Takumi Minamino goal, but was actually turned into his own net by Even Holvand. We were nonetheless delighted to make it 5-1 though of course (57'). It then became an end-to-end affair. In the 62nd minute, a Bendtner shot took a slight deflection off Mike Jensen and Alexander Walke had no chance to prevent it being 5-2. In the final stages, the tempo remained high and our boys continued to pose a threat on quick attacks. Ultimately another more than convincing display finished in a clear 5-2 win away at Rosenborg.
It was a sensational first half from my team - we played fantastic football and more than deserved our 5-2 win today. I know what our boys can do. Our task now is to keep on pulling together and moving in the right direction, which is going really well so far. We are really pleased with the performance today.
Of course it is a wonderful day for me today, especially as my goals could help the team. Becoming the first Japanese player to score a hat-trick in a UEFA competition makes me very proud.
So much worked out for us today. We had bite and aggression from the start and started to play some fabulous football - you could see the confidence in us the whole time. The first half in particular was phenomenal. Ultimately we deserved to win by this margin, and we have taken another important step towards the knockout stages.
Wolf for Minamino (77'), Prevljak for Gulbrandsen (85'), Leitgeb for Schlager (89')
Samassekou (61' foul), Dabbur (81' foul), Schlager (86' foul)
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Farkas and van der Werff (both knee), Yabo (ankle), Ludewig (concussion) & Junuzovic (calf)