Rade Prica bagged a second-half hat-trick as Rosenborg moved ten points clear at the summit of Norway's Tippeligaen with a thumping 4-1 win over Lyn Oslo this evening. Former Sunderland striker Prica opened his account after 62 minutes to put the hosts 2-0 ahead after Steffen Iversen fired Rosenborg ahead from the penalty spot.
A spot-kick converted by Davy Angan midway through the second period brought bottom side Oslo back into contention but Prica struck twice more in the final ten minutes to seal the three points.
In the night's other game, Stabaek defeated Lillestrom 2-1 to climb to fourth place. Lillestrom looked to have secured a share of the spoils when Marius Johnsen's effort five minutes from time cancelled out Jon Inge Hoiland's 30th-minute opener, but Stabaek were not to be denied and Hoiland hit the winner in stoppage-time.
Over in Sweden, bottom-of-the-table Orgryte won for only the third time in Allsvenskan this season tonight as they beat Brommapojkarna 2-1 Marcus Allback put visitors Orgryte ahead in the 43rd minute, and Alvaro Dos Santos grabbed a winner five minutes from time after Dalil Benyahia had pulled the home side level.
The three points moved Orgryte to just two points behind Djurgarden who drew 1-1 at GAIS. GAIS went ahead when Richard Spong netted after 16 minutes, but Daniel Sjolund scored an equaliser five minutes later.
Orebro secured a 2-0 home win over Gefle thanks to two goals in quick succession during the second half. Magnus Wikstron put Orebro after 60 minutes, and Munoz Adriano doubled the lead three minutes later. Today's other match saw Malmo held 0-0 at home by Helsingborg.
Meanwhile in Denmark, Odense missed the chance to move into a share of the lead in the SAS-Ligaen after slumping to a 3-1 loss at Silkeborg. Peter Utaka got Odense off to a flying start with the opening goal inside 60 seconds, but from there on it was all one-way traffic. Silkeborg levelled through Kaimar Saag after 43 minutes while a second-half brace by Jesper Bech (47 and 71) completed the fightback.
The defeat leaves Odense still three points behind leaders Aarhus, in fourth place, while Silkeborg are up to seventh on the back of only their second win in seven games this season.