The Icelandic national team in men’s handball bounced back with a convincing victory of 27-21 against Hungary in the main round of the European Championship in Serbia yesterday. The team’s defense and goalkeeping had taken a u-turn compared to Iceland’s last game.
The Icelandic handball team after winning the European Championship bronze in 2010. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
After losing 32-34 against Slovenia on Friday, Iceland’s chances to move on to the main round depended on whether Croatia would win Norway. The results were in Iceland’s favor; Norway was left behind while Iceland moved on to the next stage.
“There was much more confidence about the defense [yesterday] and everyone contributed. It was incredibly fun to be part of. They didn’t stand a chance,” commented defensive player Sverre Andreas Jakobsson to Fréttablaðið on the game against Hungary.
Iceland’s next game will be against Spain tomorrow; the Spanish team tops the main group after an important victory over Croatia yesterday.
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