Cork City’s European journey came to end tonight at the Lerkendal Stadion in Norway as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Rosenborg, 5-0 on aggregate.
Although John Caulfield’s side started brightly and they did well in the early exchanges the Norwegian's class shone through in the end and they deserved their convincing victory.
The opening goal for the home side came after 25 minutes. Mark McNulty attempted to clear a Mike Jensen cross but it ended up in the path of Besim Serbecic, who fired it into the net.
From there Rosenborg started to control the game and went after their second goal.
A lovely run from Anders Trondson ended with the ball flying across the goals and into the path of Alex Soderlund. He easily slotted it home from close range.
In the second-half the visitors picked up where they left off and some excellent passing from Birger Meling and Niklas Bendtner sent Anders Trondsen through to make it 3-0.
Steven Beattie speaks to Tony O'Donoghue after Cork City lose 3-0 to Rosenborg pic.twitter.com/2iPSzhtYUv— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) August 16, 2018
Cork City battled hard but they left themselves with too much to do and were beaten by a strong Norwegian outfit. They play St Patrick's Athletic on Sunday in their next domestic game.