The Icelandic team lost to Spain, 36-40, in the Handball World Championship in Germany on Saturday. The Championship ended yesterday and Iceland finished 8th.
Fréttabladid describes Saturday’s game as a “sad ending of a good tournament.” Iceland did not defend well and seemed tired. In the first half Iceland stayed in the game because the team’s goalkeeper, Birkir Ívar Gudmundsson, did a great job.
Midway into the first half Spain scored many goals in a row and by the end of the first half, led by six goals, 19-13. Spain continued to play strongly in the second half and at one point led by eight goals, 26-18.
Iceland finally responded and scored five goals in a row. When Iceland was only two goals away from Spain, 27-29, the Spanish trainer took a time-out, and after that Iceland didn’t stand a chance.
According to Fréttabladid the 8th place for Iceland was a disappointment, but acceptable. The Icelandic handball players had done their best and could be proud of their achievement. But with a little luck, they could have made it further.
The final game of the Handball World Championship was played yesterday. The hosts, Germany, played against Poland and won, so Germany is the new world champion.