Defense Key in Iceland’s Qualifying Final

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Iceland’s men’s national football team will play Ukraine tonight in the clinching qualifying match to see which team will advance to the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship in Germany this summer.

The match will take place in Wroclaw in Poland. Iceland defeated Israel 4-1 to advance to this qualifying final, while Ukraine beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1. Either Iceland or Ukraine will take the final spot in Group E this summer along with Belgium, Slovakia and Romania.

Ukraine is ranked number 24 in the world by FIFA, while Iceland sits in 73d place.

Defense key

Football analyst Hörður Magnússon told RÚV that despite a decisive victory against Israel, Iceland’s play was not without flaws. “This was a game that we could have lost, but we earned the win,” he said.

Ukraine is a different opponent altogether, he added. “The Ukraine team is incredibly disciplined. They have four starting players who play in the English Premier League. It’s absolutely clear that the Icelandic team will need to defend better as a whole. They’ll be punished for the most minor mistakes,” Hörður said.

Iceland has a chance

Hörður added that despite Ukraine having a better team on paper, the match will take place at a neutral stadium in Poland. He expects Iceland supporters to attend the game in droves. “I’m not saying it’s going to be a 50/50 match, but we have a chance,” he said. “We’re looking better as a team than we did a year ago, not to mention two years ago.”

Men’s Handball Team Defeats Israel to Qualify for Euro 2024

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The men’s national handball team defeated Israel in Tel Aviv yesterday. The victory means that Iceland has qualified for the 2024 European Men’s Handball Championship.

An eleven-goal victory in Tel Aviv

The Icelandic men’s handball team secured a convincing 37-26 victory against Israel at the Shlomo Group Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel, yesterday. As noted by Mbl.is, the Icelandic team had a 19-11 advantage at halftime and the victory was never in danger. Kristján Örn Kristjáns­son was Iceland’s top scorer with six goals.

The victory means that the Icelandic team has qualified for the 2024 European Mens Handball Championship. If Iceland beats Estonia in Reykjavík on Sunday, the team will finish top of the group, and will, therefore, go into the tournament in Germany in the top strength category when the groups are drawn at the final tournament in Germany.

Iceland’s match against Estonia will take place in the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík on Sunday at 4 PM.