Iceland finished in tenth place at the European Championship in Men’s Handball in Serbia after a draw 29-29 in yesterday’s game against France.
Icelandic handball fans. Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.
Iceland started out as the stronger team and was in the lead throughout the first half. France fought back in the second half, gaining the lead, at which point Iceland stepped up, achieving a draw.
According to Morgunblaðið, the referees made a serious mistake at the end of the game. One of France’s players was supposed to leave the field and Iceland get the ball when 15 seconds were left of the game.
“We were supposed to have the last offense, that’s absolutely clear, and we had the opportunity to win the game,” commented Iceland’s coach Guðmundur Þ. Guðmundsson.
The scores in the European Championship are developing in Iceland’s favor and the chance to easy admission to the 2012 London Olympics continued to grow after Denmark secured their spot in the semi-finals.
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