Prediction: Norway wins 5-2.
In the immortal words of Dennis Green, "They are who we thought they were!" Unfortunately, we let Greece hang around for way too long in that game and thankfully they couldn't grab a goal. We'll take our three points and know that next time we need to be better.
First five minutes of the game Norway should have had at least one goal as it pressured and controlled the game from the outset. I predicted Greece would play a high pressure style, but instead it was pretty much the opposite. Greece played a high striker but then dropped its back line almost to the 18-yard box. After about 10 minutes it was evident Norway would be the aggressor, but it was all a matter of puting the ball in the back of the net. A free kick off the crossbar, a flubbed quick attempt on a try from the top of the box and overall poor shooting from Norway meant a 0-0 half flattered Greece.
In the second half Greece began to play two strikers up, which gave them more pressure but also opened the midfield. Greece was content to dump crosses into the Norway penalty area but Norway's keeper cleaned everything up and there were no real chances. Greece did break into the area once before Norway's defense recovered, but otherwise no scares.
The Norway goal came with 10 minutes remaining. A defender played a long ball into Sean Haynes's feet up front. Haynes laid off a nice pass to Stefan Husdal who seemed to have an opening to shoot from a good position about 15 yards out. However, Husdal double-clutched, dribbled towards the side then dropped a pass back to Jared Ursulan who was looking at a clear shot on goal. Ursulan's shot didn't have good power, but it was decently placed. The Greece keeper made the save but the rebound popped right to Haynes on the doorstep and he buried the winner.
Overall not the most entertaining game and certainly not as rough as I expected it to be. I'm happy for the win and glad we didn't let the points get away. Time to get ready for France.