The moment of reckoning has arrived. Is Norway legit, or just another Greece, waiting to get bounced in the quarterfinals? That's what tonight's 2011 WCP Cup game against Poland will decide. I think Poland has already proven they belong, but Norway still needs that one big win.
And I honestly think we've got the chops to do it. Yes, the Ireland game was bad, but Ireland is going to make everyone look bad sooner or later. Poland is a different team, with a different style, and significantly different players. If any team plays to Norway's advantage, it's Poland. Mind you, the Poles probably think the exact same way about Norway.
This will be a defensive game first and foremost. Poland has a strong back line and Norway does too when it isn't getting destroyed by set pieces. Both teams can keep shooters from getting open looks and walking into the box. Both teams also have a strong midfield presence that doesn't get pulled out of position and usually doesn't take bad fouls.
What it's going to come down to is which team gets the lucky bounce after working its ass of for the entire game. Poland hasn't had that happen to it yet and Norway can't seem to get any. I'm crossing my fingers that this is the one game where the tables get turned. Norway will win this one 3-2.