The Icelandic men’s national handball team will proceed to the main round of the 2022 European Handball Championships after winning all three of their matches in the preliminary round. They beat the Hungarian national team 31-30 in an exciting game in Budapest last night. The Iceland team finished the preliminary round at the top of its group with six points, and carries over two points to the main round thanks to their victory over the Netherlands.
The 20,000-seat handball stadium in Budapest was packed for last night’s Iceland-Hungary match. While Iceland supporters numbered just around 500, the Icelandic Handball Association reports that they made themselves heard throughout the match. The match itself was tense, with Iceland only leading by one point throughout most of the first half and Hungary equalising at 17-17 in the last few seconds before halftime. The score was equal 15 minutes before the end of the match, but Iceland’s tight defences in the second half eventually helped ensure the 31-30 victory.
Iceland plays its first match in the main round against Denmark tomorrow, January 20. On January 22, the team will play France, followed by Croatia on January 24, and Montenegro on January 26.