Iceland and Norway tied 34-34 in Reykjavík yesterday, while playing for a seat in the 2010 European Championship in Men’s Handball. Iceland had been in the lead the entire time and therefore the tie was even more of a disappointment.
A draw only provides Iceland with one point and therefore victory against Macedonia on Wednesday is necessary to qualify for the championship. Iceland and Norway both have ten points after yesterday’s game and are in the lead of their qualifying group, while Macedonia has seven, Fréttabladid reports.
“It was disappointing not to get both points but there were still many positive things about the game that we have to consider and take with us to the next game,” commented Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson.
“We made some costly mistakes,” Gudmundsson added. “We were too flat in the defense a few times, which we have to learn from.”
“We weren’t good enough in the defense towards the end and goalkeeping was non-existent, and we had perhaps become a bit tired in the offense. It is difficult to say what went wrong, but there are a few concurrent items,” the coach elaborated.
“We are going to beat Macedonia, and nothing else is an option,” Gudmundsson concluded.
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