The Icelandic National Handball Team advanced to the main round of the 2020 EHF European Men’s Handball Championship yesterday. Iceland beat Russia 34:23 and sits atop Group E with four points.
The Icelandic National Handball Team played its second match of the EHF European Men’s Handball Championship against Russia yesterday. Iceland had the upper hand for the entire game, enjoying a seven-goal lead during half time. The team played well during the second half, beating the Russians by 11 goals. The final score was 34:23. As Iceland won its opening match against Denmark on Saturday, the team has secured four points after two rounds.
Shortly after Iceland’s match against Russia, Olympic Champions Denmark faced off against Hungary – desperately needing a win; Denmark had zero points after a first-round loss against Iceland. Hungary, on the other hand, had secured two points following a narrow win against Russia. Securing an early advantage, Hungary maintained their lead for almost the entire match. With only a few minutes remaining of the game, the Hungarians were leading by two goals (23:21). The Danes mustered a comeback, scoring three goals in quick succession (23:24). In the final moments of the game, Hungarian Zoltan Szita equalised. Danish captain Mikkel Hansen had the opportunity of securing a Danish win, but goalkeeper Roland Mikler rebuffed his attempt. Final score 24:24.
Denmark’s loss means that Iceland sits atop Group E with four points, Hungary has three points, Denmark has one point and Russia zero points. Iceland is, therefore, the only team in Group E that has advanced to the main round.
The final round of the group stages will take place next Wednesday, January 15.