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Iceland Triumphs over Norway in Last Minute

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball beat their neighbors from Norway by two goals, 34-32, after a thrilling game in the European Championship in Serbia yesterday. Norway had been in the lead throughout most of the game.


Fans welcome the Icelandic handball team after claiming the bronze at the 2010 European Championship. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“I was just going to stuff that ball into the net and it worked out this time. It was certainly sweet to see the score after the goal,” commented Vignir Svavarsson after scoring a valuable goal when 40 seconds were left of the game, pushing Iceland to the lead, 33-32, Morgunblaðið reports.

“It is always fun beating Norway because they’re absolutely dedicated and have great ambition to be absolutely dedicated—just like us,” added Þórir Ólafsson, who tied the game for Iceland to 30-30 when seven and a half minutes were left.

Iceland plays against Slovenia tomorrow. In order to continue to the main round, Iceland must win the game or at least earn one point with a draw.


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