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norvegia_thumb_medium180_103Captain Ingvild Stensland says that Norway did not extract an easy opponent for the playoffs.
Norway will meet Ukraine on Saturday for the first of the two playoff matches that will be awarded a ticket to the world finals in Germany. Ukraine is not considered among the best teams in Europe, and many think that Norway has had a lucky draw. However Ingvild Stensland proceeds with caution.
"It will be tough. Many people say that we have an easy opponent, but it is not like that. They have done well at Euro last year. They were in nonstro gironen of qualifying for the World Championship in 2006 and are a good team," he told www.
Stensland thinks that Norway has to make the pressure already from the first minute. "They are great players. They have a wing and an attacker that taken individually are very good. They are also a very well organized team, so we must not take it too lightly," he said. "They have won their group and they want to get to the World Cup - they are two teams, they really want it".
The match will start at 18.00 at the Yuri Gagarin stadium in Chernigiv, 75 miles north of Kiev. Stensland hopes to get a good result in the difficult away match. "The best thing would be to return from Ukraine with a win, and this is what we hope, but it will be tough. With the evolution of the game, maybe even a draw would be a good result."
Stensland believes it is important that Norway take home a goal. "A goal away is always great, we will fight for a win or a draw". A victory against Ukraine in the two games would ensure Norway not only the ticket for the finals, but also a chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. In other words, there are two seasons at stake in these playoffs for the national team.

On Tuesday the team was at the Ullevaal stadium to watch the men of Norway beat Portugal for 1-0. They know that the moment is crucial, and the captain has the certainty that they will succeed. "We are working very well and the morale is high, we will bring all of this in the matches, see the males inspired us and we know that everything is possible," said Ingvild Stensland.

Rena Elhmedi

translation: Chiara Paganini (Nuova Valsabbia)

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