The Icelandic national team in men’s handball lost against Spain 26-31 in the European Championship in Serbia yesterday. Only one game remains, against France today, which will determine where Iceland finishes in the seventh to 12th place.
Björgvin Páll Gústavsson signing autographs after returning with the European Championship bronze in 2010. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
“I’d rather only have deflected two goals if we had won the game instead of deflecting 19 goals and lose, but that’s the way it is, you can’t have everything,” commented goalie Björgvin Páll Gústavsson to Morgunblaðið.
Björgvin was the best Icelandic player of the game and yesterday’s game was his best in the championship so far. Of the 19 goals he deflected, three were penalty throws.
However, overall, Iceland made too many errors: 17 technical errors and only a 33 percent utilization of fast breaks.
According to Morgunblaðið, the game was practically lost after 15 minutes when the score was 10-3 for Spain and so was hope for a place in the semi-final.
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