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Another Draw for Iceland at Handball Championship

Iceland and the European Championship host country Austria tied 37-37 in Linz last night. Iceland was in the lead just before the game ended but then Austria managed to score three goals in the final 50 seconds and even the score.

“It is terribly disappointing,” Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson commented to Fréttabladid. “We must look at ourselves and how we blew this. We didn’t manage to win time during defense; they scored straight away.”

“But then it doesn’t help either when the judges use incomprehensible rules, stopping the time every time Austria scores a goal,” the coach added. “It just doesn’t exist in the rules of handball. […] It’s a scandal.”

The two teams took turns in being in the lead throughout the entire game. The score was 13-10 for Austria when 11 minutes were left of the first half.

Then Gudmundsson took time out and his team came back stronger, scoring ten out of the 14 remaining goals in the first half.

However, ten minutes into the second half, Austria evened the score and after seven more minutes they were back in the lead. Then Iceland took over again and led until the last minute.

Now everything depends on the game against Denmark tomorrow. If Iceland wins, it will continue to Vienna. If Iceland loses, it must hope for a fortunate outcome in the other final game of their qualifying group.

Click here to read more about the European Championship.

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