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Iceland Loses to Ukraine, and Hope for European Cup

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic national team in women’s handball lost 22-20 against Ukraine in the countries’ final game in the European Championship pre-rounds in Zaporozhye yesterday. Iceland had to win by three goals to qualify for the European Championship finals.

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Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.

However, Iceland was only once in the lead in yesterday’s game. After scoring the first goal, Ukraine took the lead and maintained it throughout the game, Morgunblaðið reports.

Ukraine and Spain will therefore move on from the seventh qualifying group to the main competition in the Netherlands in December, while Iceland sits at home.

“The results are disappointing and the reason is that we played poor offense the entire time. The defense and goalkeeping was also poor in the first half but very good in the second half, yet unfortunately we were unable to take advantage of the opportunities we got. The offense wasn’t daring enough and many players performed way below their competence,” said Iceland’s coach Ágúst Þór Jóhannsson.

In other handball news, Guðmundur Þórður Guðmundsson, who took the Icelandic national team in men’s handball to new heights by achieving the Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008 and bronze at the European Championship in 2010, announced last weekend that he will quit as the team’s coach after the Olympics in London this summer.

The main reason is Guðmundur’s demanding job as manager of the German top division team Rhein-Neckar Löwen. It is unclear who will fill his shoes but Aron Kristjánsson, the coach of Icelandic top division team Haukar, has been mentioned as a likely candidate.

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