Iceland Loses against Germany, Plays Spain Today Skip to content

Iceland Loses against Germany, Plays Spain Today

Iceland’s winning streak ended at the Handball World Championship in Sweden on Saturday with a 24-27 loss against Germany. The next game is against Spain today, which is make-or-break for both teams as victory is vital for a place in the semifinal.

handball-bronze-crowd_go

Icelanders will cheer their team on today. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“I was disappointed with our performance, of course, because we simply didn’t play well enough to win. We were too late in getting our act together in the defense and were up against too many fast breaks in the first half,” Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson told Morgunbladid.

It is already clear that Denmark and Sweden have made it to the semifinal; they have earned the top seats in the other intermediate heats.

Now Iceland and Spain are competing for a spot in the semifinal along with treble champion France (Olympic, European and World Champion). Spain, which beat Germany and tied France, will be a tough nut to crack.

“We still have a way out and our fate is still in our hands, although there are certainly big teams that await us,” commented captain Ólafur Stefánsson, adding Iceland did not played its best against Germany. “We scored few goals from fast breaks and almost didn’t score any easy goals.”

Click here to read more about Iceland’s efforts in the World Cup.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!

Share article

Facebook
Twitter