The Icelandic national team in women’s handball lost against Croatia by ten goals in the European Championship finals in Denmark yesterday; the end score was 25-35. The defeat diminishes their chances to advance to the next category.
“The girls are really disappointed and that says a lot about their ambition and what they want to achieve,” Iceland’s coach Júlíus Jónasson told Morgunbladid.
Meanwhile, the Icelandic national team in men’s handball lost against Sweden 26-31. They will now play for the third place in the world cup tournament against Norway tonight.
In Sweden, Arnór Atlason played for Iceland while his sister, Thorgerdur Anna Atladóttir, was playing with the women against Croatia.
“Isn’t this unique in the world, that siblings are each playing a national game at the same time? I believe it might be,” commented their father Atli Hilmarsson while trying to watch both games at the same time.
He coaches the Akureyri team in handball, which is undefeated so far this season.
At the European Championship, the Icelandic team seemed nervous and made too many fateful mistakes. Captain Rakel Dögg Bragadóttir said their weakness had mainly been the defense. They will play Montenegro tomorrow and Russia on Saturday.
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