The game we've been waiting a month for. This will be a fast, intense matchup between a skilled and disciplined team, and a team that aspires to be the same. Greece does not like Norway, dating back to 2007 when Norway beat a good Greek team in the quarterfinals. Greece has had some forgettable years since then, but 2011 finally saw them get back to the playoffs. It was certainly a long wait.
Norway will try and win this game through the midfield by quick-passing and shooting like crazy. The Greeks have shown time and again that they will block as many shots as they possibly can so there's no point in waiting for a golden opportunity. Bombs away and hope half the shots get through. The quick-passing will be vital as I don't expect Greece to lose many 1-on-1 battles. They'll foul before they let someone walk in from anywhere close so seeing and exploiting the gaps will be the key to victory. Greece is not a possession oriented team and Norway will need to be patient and use its superior ball control abilities.
Defensively the Norway defense needs to be ready for gangbusters runs on every Greek possession. The Greek offensive strength comes from a relentless pressure up front and puting away any major turnovers as opposed to any build-up from the back. If the Norwegians come out lethargic and flat-footed then Greece will capitalize with an early goal. If the Greeks don't score early then the Norway skill will take care of the rest. I don't think Norway will have a let-down in the first game of the tournament so don't expect a Greek upset.
Norway wins 5-2.