Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Germany 7, Norway 4 - Recap

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.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its never fun to take a licking and less fun to have to blog about it. Get your act together and if you can make it past your next two games, we will see you in the final and see if you can "play better". That would be a game that would pack the house.

Playmaker said...

Yep, it sucked writing that one. Good game Germany

Anonymous said...

I know it sucked writing this one, but I think you should have given a little more credit to Germany after writing all those previous posts about them.

Playmaker said...

I gave Germany credit - they outplayed Norway. Still, anyone who watched can objectively say that about four of Germany's goals were iffy at best. Say those goals don't go in; Germany probably ends up getting them another way. But the fact is, the goals were ugly and I'm not going worship a performance that wasn't overly impressive.

Anonymous said...

Solve your problem and get a confident keeper..

Playmaker said...

I'm not worried about Brett. He played great against El Salvador and stepped up well against Jamaica. The other two games he wasn't tested much. He'll bounce back and play well against France

Anonymous said...

A little to late to solve those problems and get a keeper. Good luck vs a much more skilled france team. You will need it

Anonymous said...

my head still hurts from him throwing the ball at the back of my head for no reason ... dick move ..

Anonymous said...

Man up...the guys with broken legs aren't complaining about their injuries, you shouldn't either. I think Brett will play much better in this France game. It was just as much of a wake up call for him as it was for the rest of the team. It will be a good game, both teams have lot's of talent and both will have to work very hard for a win.

Anonymous said...

Haha you fools lost to Germany because you straight up suck. "The team came out flat" HAHA, what a fucking joke. Get lost. You guys just suck, and you always will suck against top teams.

Playmaker said...

Right. Except for that time when we one the whole tournament. Come back and give me the "top teams" talk when you manage that