Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Norway 3, Italy 1

They keep getting uglier, but Norway keeps getting wins. The Norwegians got out to an early 1-0 lead four minutes in when Josh Gyurek scored a nice header goal. Italy wasn't providing much opposition so it looked like Norway would roll to an easy win. However, about three minutes later Italy somehow managed a weird lofting goal from way out and tied it up 1-1. Norway seemed deflated and couldn't get any speed going. Halftime score was 1-1.

In the second half it was all Norway in terms of possession and chances, but Norway could not buy a goal. There were two scrambles on the goal line that didn't go in, a hit crossbar, a couple close shots, and a tap-in from four yards out that was somehow skyed over the net. With 10 minutes left in the game it was still 1-1 and Italy hadn't even generated a shot for the whole second half.

Then Norway created some midfield space and the ball came back to defender Colin Wirth who was about 30 yards out. Wirth took a touch and ripped a hard low shot that got through all of the defenders crowding the box. The ball hit the Italy keeper but the power behind it managed to propel the ball beyond the goal line. It took all of the Norway players yelling and the assistant referee on the sideline to signal before it was called a goal. Italy did not think it went in.

The goal deflated the Italians. They started to push, but three minutes later one of their defenders let a ball go through and Stefan Husdal was in on the keeper. There was a collision, the ball squirted out to a Norway midfield player who put a shot on net. Stefan was up by this time (the keeper stayed down) and he defelected the ball into the open net. Whistle never went and it was a legitimate goal. Norway passed around the ball for the rest of the game.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's funny that you say Norway could not buy a goal... When a keeper is laying on the goalline with the ball in his arms, I don't see how that's a goal.. Norway looked brutal in that game (only slightly better than Italy) and without the awful call on the goal and had Norway not been allowed to interfere with Italy's keeper on a regular basis, it would have been a tie game.

Italy is not a strong team and their ability to beat ES and keep close with Norway shows how weak this pool is.

Anonymous said...

It's a goal because the ball went over the goal-line. That's how scoring works.

The third goal should probably been blown dead - no doubt about that.

Norway outplayed Italy. They didn't look good doing it but a win is a win. The only real opportunity Italy had was on a bad pass across the front of the net by Norway. If the Italian keeper wouldn't have wasted so much time taking his free kicks and pretending to be hurt, Norway would have had time to pump in a few more goals.

Anonymous said...

u should cut Chislom he sucks, wow how did he miss those,

Playmaker said...

The second goal was a good goal. If it was all the way over the line, and everyone who saw it says that it was, then there can't be any complaints.

The third goal maybe there should have been a whistle. I've been thinking about it and its hard to say that Norway should have stopped when the Italian keeper went down because we had a wide open net and had already created the chance. He popped right back up after he realized he wasn't getting a call.

Anonymous said...

I like how Norway complains of rough play yet get away with so much themselves. Like that loser that got hurt sliding a dude from behind.. Karma. The only thing this game did was keep Italy from the quarters. Es will easily beat Norway and move on.. 4 - 2

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:54
i heard he is only on the team because Norway doesnt wanna be like ROI. Winning it every year so they keep those terrible players, just to keep things interesting.

Anonymous said...

its probably true, a band of bad players joining in an ultimate bad team

Anonymous said...

ya ultimate bad team thats gonna make it to the quarter finals AGAIN. What team do you play for.... what i thought have fun watching

Anonymous said...

I'm in the quarters alrdy

Anonymous said...

Ya lets clap our hands together for Norway making the quarters ahahahah losers

Anonymous said...

they haven't made anything yet.. With a lot of help from the refs again maybe they will be beat es. Refs should not be allowed to play in the tournament due to favoritism.

Anonymous said...

France and El Salvador.. Enough said.