To say the game was an embarassment for Norway would be to understate substantially. The team came out flat, couldn't put any passes together and essentially was manhandled by Germany from the opening whistle. Germany came out like gangbusters and was able to score easy goals off of free kicks from the sideline, essentially counting on a shaky keeper and some lucky bounces to grab a 5-2 halftime lead.
I can assure everyone that letting Germany get up by so much was not the Norway plan. It was a wake-up call that Norway can't have its way with opponents just because they've had success against them in the past.
The beginning of the second half showed a Norway team that everyone had grown accustomed to watching in the tournament. Two quick goals to open the half made it 5-4 and a comeback of epic proportions seemed to be brewing. But then another shaky goal was allowed and that was the game. Germany scored another late as Norway pushed. 7-4 final.
The good news going forward is that Norway will likely never play that poorly again as everyone on the team was disgusted with the effort. The team wasn't far from rock bottom in the first half - comparable more to a last-place team than a first (or second) place one. Sorry to El Salvador that we weren't at least a bit more competitive.
That said, playoffs are still to come so there really is no point in hanging our heads. France will pose an immense challenge and putting this game in the rearview mirror is the first step towards that victory. We earned a 4-0 record precisely so that a game like this could happen and we wouldn't have to worry. It's time to focus on the next match.