Saturday, March 31, 2012

Greece Preview - Saturday 9 p.m.

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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dooley you suck. Between you and your brother I don't know who is a worse soccer player. That miss against Sudan right infront of goal was embarassing last night. What a joke. Worst player on Ireland is Dooley. How he made the team is another question.

Anonymous said...

sorry dufus, greece 5-norway2

Anonymous said...

Greece is not going to dominate any game but its one of a few teams who work so hard together as a unit and that's why more ppl enjoyed watching them last yr, they legible it their all and that's impressive, I go with a tie in this game or Greece win it by a goal

Anonymous said...

Well that game was a bust! Poor touch, LOTS of turn overs on bad passes, very few scoring opportunities, even Norway's lone goal was on a sloppy play/rebound.

Anonymous said...

This is the only time I will comment on here. I am only am on wcpcupregina.blogspot.ca but I am very happy that norway beat greece. Impressed. David Brown ps. Its funny ES lost to Italy

Playmaker said...

Sloppy game for sure. And kind of boring. I'll post the recap tomorrow morning. Got some celebrating to do first.