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Iceland Strikes Back, Beats Germany

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball beat Germany 25-24 in their second friendly in two days in Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík yesterday evening. Germany crushed Iceland in the first game. Both teams are preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

“I was bummed about yesterday’s [Sunday’s] game and decided to do better tonight [last night] and I succeeded. I was more relaxed and just let the game come to me, let the game flow,” Sigurbergur Sveinsson, who scored Iceland’s winning goal, told mbl.is.

Forty seconds later goalkeeper Björgvin Páll Gústafsson deflected a shot from Stefan Kneer from the other side of the court, thereby sealing Iceland’s victory.

Iceland’s coach Aron Kristjánsson was content with his team’s defensive play. “Many players entered the defense and delivered. The goalkeeping was also all right in three halves out of four [in both games combined]. In the offense progress was made,” Aron stated, adding that the team must continue working on the offensive play.

Sigurbergur and Alexander Petersson scored the most goals for Iceland, five each, and Björgvin deflected seven shots, ruv.is reports.

The World Cup begins on January 15. Next weekend, Iceland will participate in a practice tournament in Sweden and Denmark.

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