Thank you Jamaica! That's what every Norway player said last night after Jamaica tied El Salvador 2-2. The final 5 minutes of that game were incredible and could have swung Group B any which way, but the final result was really only good news for one team - Norway (and kind of for Germany too). Norway clinched at least second position and will advance to Wednesday's playoff round.
Who saw this happening at the beginning of the tournament? I did. And so did the rest of the Norwegian team, many of who have been playing together for several years. We knew it wouldn't be easy, but there was no doubt that we were the superior team of our group. El Salvador had the swagger, we had a championship trophy - doesn't matter if it happened three years ago.
The intrigue for who else will make the playoffs comes down to tonight's game against Germany. If Germany wins it will claim first place in the group with Norway getting second. If the game is a tie or if Norway wins, then Norway gets first place and El Salvador will claim second.
All of the pressure is on Germany - step up for glory or hang their heads and exit the tournament knowing they couldn't bring it when it mattered.
For my part, I want to crush Germany. I like their players, but this is a great opportunity for Norway to show that even when the game is meaningless we still can't be stopped by lesser teams. Stay tuned for a preview later today.