Prediction: 4-4 Tie
This was ugly and embarassing. Ireland scored early and often and Norway couldn't get it together at the back to defend set pieces. It looked like Norway would give up 15 minutes in, but at least we semi kept it together and put in an effort in the second half.
The positives to take away for the quarterfinals - besides set pieces, the defense and mid didn't play too bad. Kept good shape and kept containment. When playoffs roll around it'll be all about focus and a good kick in the ass like that is the best reminder that you can never relax against very good teams. Also, when Norway finally started shooting, plenty of good chances resulted in the second half.
That's the most I'm going to dwell on that game. Its best for all Norway players and fans to forget it and move on because there are more important things immediately ahead. Props to Ireland, they're a powerhouse.