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Iceland Enters Quarter Finals in Handball at Olympics

The Icelandic men’s handball team tied 32-32 with Denmark at the Olympics in Beijing on Saturday when Snorri Steinn Gudjónsson scored after a penalty throw four seconds before the end of the game, thereby securing Iceland’s place in the quarter finals.

Denmark, however, will have to defeat Germany, the world champions, to make it to the quarter finals.

According to Fréttabladid, Denmark’s coach Ulrik Wilbek was furious after the game, accusing the Swedish judges of poor judgment and in the heat of the moment he refused to shake hands with Icelandic player Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson and Wilbek however, managed to sort out their differences later on.

Iceland played poorly in the beginning of the game with a weak defense and even weaker goal keeping. But shortly before the end of the first half, Iceland kicked back. In the second half Iceland and Denmark led in exchange.

According to, the Swedish judges were also unfair towards Iceland, who gave Logi Geirsson the red card and sent him off the court in the second half.

Gudjónsson also scored the last goal in Iceland’s game against Egypt last night, Iceland’s last game before the quarter finals, making the final scores 32-32, reports.

Iceland played poor defense, but the offensive play was good, especially in the case of Sigurdsson who scored ten goals and was the best player of the game.

Click here to read more about the performance of the Icelandic handball team at the Olympics.

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