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Iceland and France Compete in Handball

The Icelandic and French national teams in men’s handball met in two friendly games in Reykjavík last weekend. The game on Friday ended with a draw, 28-28, but on Saturday France beat Iceland 31-28.

The Icelandic handball team celebrates the bronze in the European Championship earlier this year. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

On Saturday, Iceland was the better team in the first half of the game, leading by three goals at one point, ruv.is reports.

However, France managed to even the score and then win back the lead. Just before the first half ended, Iceland fought back, and the teams entered half-time with a 15-15 tie.

The second half was even for a while but in the 50th minute, France grew even tougher and despite a great fighting spirit, Iceland lost the game.

On Friday, the score was 17-15 for France at half-time. Iceland entered the second half determined to even the score and managed to do so in the final minute.

France is the World, European and Olympic champion in handball, while Iceland placed second in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and third in the European Championship in Austria in January.

Click here to read more about the Icelandic bronze.

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