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Must win or so what?

I must admit that I hate the phrase “must win” because it is rarely used in situations where a team truly must win and often used in situations where the game is simply important.  That being said, Norway’s match against the Netherlands on Wednesday at Ullevaal Stadion is likely a must win.

Norway played to a scoreless draw at Scotland over the weekend, further dimming its hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.  After 2 matches, Norway now has only 2 points.

The Dutch come into Wednesday’s match as group leaders, with 6 points in 2 matches.  If they leave Oslo with a win, they will almost certainly win the group.

But, does anyone really care?  A poll taken before the Scotland match showed:

a luke-warm response to the Norwegian A-team. Some 36 percent say that they are ‘very’ or ‘reasonably’ interested, but 64 percent reply that are ‘less’ or ‘entirely’ uninterested in the soccer team.

Long-time Liverpool and current Roma player John Arne Riise added:

“People want results. The only thing that counts is getting three points and winning. If we beat Scotland and The Netherlands, the figures will look quite different.”

Missed on the first.  We’ll see about the second on Wednesday.

(My national team fared much better, beating Cuba 6-1 in D.C., advancing to final round play in CONCACAF qualification.)

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