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Iceland Beats Israel in First Euro 2016 Handball Qualifier

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball was off to a flying start in the first game in the 2016 European Championship qualifiers, winning by 17 goals over Israel in Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík yesterday evening. The final score was 36-19 for Iceland.

To begin with the score remained equal with Israel achieving a 7-7 tie at one point. Then Róbert Gunnarsson scored, putting Iceland in the lead, and Iceland managed to keep Israel at a distance for the remainder of the game. The score was 14-9 for Iceland at halftime, reports.

Shortly before halftime Israeli goalkeeper Eldar Shikloshi earned the red card for running out of the goal area during a fast break, causing Icelandic captain Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson, who didn’t see him coming, to trip and fall. Guðjón was reportedly lucky to escape unharmed.

Guðjón scored the most goals for Iceland, nine, with Sigurbergur Sveinsson, Róbert and Þórir Ólafsson scoring five each. Goalkeeper Aron Rafn Eðvarðsson had a good match too, deflecting 14 shots.

Iceland boasted its greatest achievement in handball when winning the silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Since then Iceland has qualified for every major tournament apart from the 2015 World Cup and won the bronze at the 2010 European Championship.

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