France deserved this win just as much as Norway deserved to lose. Without the scoreboard an impartial observer likely would have thought the two teams were equals, but the separation was that France finished its chances competently and Norway did not. After opening the scoring, Norway went into complacent mode and dialed down the aggressive play that led to the early goal. France capitalized and suddenly, just like that it was 4-1. A fortunate long chip by Grant Wirth made it closer 4-2 at half.
To Norway's credit the team came out very strong to start the second half and put plenty of pressure on a French team content to play a defensive shell. Colin Wirth's low rocket from just over half suddenly saw Norway down only 4-3. More pressure and good defensive play by France in its own penalty area kept the score that way until approximately five minutes remaining.
Then the wheels fell off. Norway couldn't clear the ball out of the defending half, France smelled blood, and in a quick offensive managed to score the dagger from 20 yards out. Norway attempted to do the extremely unlikely and score two in the final four minutes but it was to no avail. 5-3 France.