Norway dominated early but seemed to think that a nice goal was better than a blast from far out. It took the Norwegians much longer than it should have to score considering how much pressure was applied to Afghanistan in the middle. To the Afghanis credit, they dropped numerous defenders back and took away shooting lanes well. Finally, Justin Sawka teed up from 25 yards out and blasted one in.
Afghanistan came right back with a nice free kick goal over Brett Moore's head. Momentarily Norway was shocked. But only momentarily. Two minutes later Adam Payette turned his man and rifled one in. 2-1 Halftime.
It was all Norway in the second with Afghanistan getting only one quality chance. Chad Campbell and Andrew Baulin both scored nice goals from in the box and it was 4-1 with 10 minutes to play. That's when Afghanistan decided to show why it is the team with the least amount of class in the entire tournament - handily beating out Italy for the award.
After receiving one caution for a dangerous challenge, Afghanistan then went on to accumulate another for having too many men on the field. 9-1=8, not 9 like they kept playing with. Then, down supposedly 9 men to 7, they still couldn't figure it out and wasted approximately two minutes just trying to get a guy off the field. Still, not a big deal. But then one guy decided he better take a THIRD caution for his team by jumping in front of a ball, right as Norway was about to take a free kick. When the referee showed him the yellow, he turned, told the ref "F U" and was shown the red. Real classy buddy. Way to earn everyone's respect in your first year of the tournament. You couldn't do it with your play so you and your team did it with words and actions. Good job!
It gets better of course. After the game was finished the Afghanis proceeded to hound the referee - probably complaining about how the ref could possibly penalize a team that always takes bad penalties and isn't organized enough to figure out they need to play short on a yellow card. Rumour has it that one of them threatened the ref leaving the facility.
I'm mad because the Afghanis took up so much time taking cards that Norway never really got a chance to play with the man advantage. No goals and no chance to pad the +/- that could determine which team advances through the pool. Thanks Afghanistan, really classy guys.