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Icelandic Handballers Triumph over Japanese

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball crushed their Japanese opponents at the World Championship in Sweden yesterday by beating them by 14 goals, 36-22. Iceland now has an almost guaranteed spot in the intermediate heat.


Goalie Björgvin Páll Gústavsson giving autographs after returning with the bronze from the European Championship in January 2010. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Iceland’s performance in the first half was described as a fireworks show by Morgunbladid with the score standing at 22-8 when the whistle blew.

Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson of Iceland scored nine goals in the game against Japan and is the player boasting the highest efficiency rating at the World Cup so far with 24 goals.

Iceland has now earned six points and with three wins it is the highest-scoring team in the preliminary round group B. Tonight, Iceland plays against Austria.

Click here to read more about Iceland’s performance at the championship.

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