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Iceland and Croatia Tie in Handball

The game between Iceland and Croatia in the European Championship in Vienna yesterday ended with a draw, 26-26. Iceland was in the lead throughout most of the game, but Croatia played rough towards the end.

Icelandic player Snorri Steinn Gudjónsson told Fréttabladid that the tie was disappointing, “but when you look at the big picture it is still positive. We haven’t lost a game and the team is on a roll. We have been very solid, especially in the last two games. We will take it with us to the next game and hit the Russians with full force.”

Iceland plays against Russia today.

In yesterday’s game against Croatia, the score was 15-12 for Iceland at half time and Iceland led by two to four goals until the 56th minute when Croatia managed to even the score, 23-23, reports.

Iceland and Croatia fought for the lead during the last minutes. Croatia led by one goal when 50 seconds were left in the game but then Róbert Gunnarsson of Iceland managed to even the score.

Croatia kept the ball in their court until the last two seconds when they made an attempt to score, but Iceland’s goalkeeper, Björgvin Páll Gústafsson, deflected the goal and so the game ended with a draw.

Gústafsson deflected 15 shots in the game. Captain Ólafur Stefánsson scored the most goals for Iceland, eight in total.

Croatia is at the top of Group 1 in the main round with five points and Iceland places second with four points.

Click here to read more about Iceland’s performance during the European Championship in Austria.

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