Get ready for the excuses. "They got lucky", "We couldn't finish our chances", "The referee gave them all the calls", "They're a dirty team with a bunch of hacks." That's going to be Germany tonight after Norway takes it to them. It's a must-win scenario for Germany. If they get anything less than a victory they're out - if they win, they're first place.
Here's what I think will happen: Germany will come out 100 miles an hour, have a ton of early pressure with lots of chances - and fail to score a goal. Norway will get one though and it will be a crazy counter-attack where the Germany defense was too far pushed up the field to get back in time. Then Norway will score another as Germany is shell-shocked. 2-0 at half.
Germany gets an early second-half goal to lift their hopes, but those hopes are ultimately crushed when Norway scores the clincher - again off the counter-attack because Germany's defense pushes up too much. 3-1 final like I predicted last week. Take a look at my "Playoff Speculation" column to find out in more depth why this will be the result. Its fascinating.
See everyone in the playoffs, regardless of how this ultimately breaks down.