The Hungarian national handball team defeated Iceland in the teams’ final game of the 2020 Euro group stages. As a result of the Icelanders’ loss, the Danish national team was eliminated from the competition. The Danish press expressed its disappointment following the Danish exit, Vísir reports.
Following a six-goal loss against Hungary yesterday, the Icelandic national handball team advances to the main round of the 2020 Euro (with zero points). As noted by the Danish Jyllands-Posten, “what Hungary and Iceland have in common is that they will play their first game of the main rounds on Friday. Denmark will not.”
The Danish press has criticised the performance of the Danish national team ever since its loss against Iceland last Saturday. The criticism continued yesterday. The Danes did, however, secure a consolation victory against Russia yesterday – in a game that, as far as the competition went, meant nothing.
“No help: Danes exit the Euro,” a headline from Ekstra Bladet reads. Other observations include, “Iceland couldn’t help the Danes” and “the Danes needed the Icelanders’ help to advance to the main round, but no such thing happened.”
Claus Møller Jakobsen, a commentator with TV 2 Sport, agrees that there is no other word for the Danes’ performance than “fiasco.”
“There’s no doubt that this is a fiasco. Denmark has, in two games, not displayed the quality the team possesses.”
Iceland will face off against Slovenia tomorrow at 3 pm in the team’s first match in the main rounds.