Thursday, April 29, 2010

France 5, Norway 3 - Recap

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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Norway sucks, France could have really embarressed them. They had no flow in this game and certainly looked like a reserve squad out there against France with terrible passing at times and a lack of knowledge about what to do in certain situations. Glad Norway is out so we can watch teams who are actually worthy of playing soccer in front of hundreds of people.

Anonymous said...

Norway had a great tournament. at the start of the tourny few people even gave them a chance at making it to the quarterfinals. they showed that heart and teamplay can take a team further than individual talent. well done norway. France did not look their best last night and will definately have to be better against ireland. lets hope they pull it off, im so sick of ireland winning this tournament

Anonymous said...

To be honest I had Norway writen off before the tourny started but they did prove me wrong. Kind of how everyone had Germany writen off. Funny how the two teams writen off finished 1 & 2. Shows that you gotta go hard every game. I think the biggest dud of our pool was Jamaica, I expected a lot more.

Playmaker said...

If France could've embarassed Norway then why did they give up an easy first goal or let the score get back to 4-3? Stupid analysis

Anonymous said...

Playmaker your a fool. Get lost. People hate you and this blog and your gay team.

Playmaker said...

Thanks champ! Whoops. I meant someone who probably hasn't won the championship. Like someone who plays on a team that Norway beat