Despite good support from Icelandic handball fans who had traveled to Trondheim to cheer for their team, the Icelandic male handball team lost against Sweden 19 to 24 in its first game in the 2008 European Championship in Norway last night.
The Icelandic team attacked poorly and the Swedish goalkeepers were tough to crack. At one point Sweden led by ten goals though Iceland managed to narrow the gap in the final minutes of the game. Iceland only scored 11 goals during the first three quarters , Fréttabladid reports.
“The offense was horrible in this game. The second half was plain awful. One mess-up followed the next and it is terribly disappointing. Now we have to beat the Slovaks and if we succeed, we face a deciding game against France, just like last year,” Iceland’s coach Alfred Gíslason said.