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Iceland in World Handball Quarter-Finals

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Iceland in World Handball Quarter-Finals

Iceland vs Germany in Reykjavik, January 5, 2015

Library picture of the senior national team in action back in January. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Iceland’s national U19 men’s handball team this morning secured its place in the world championship semi-finals.

The world championships are taking place in Russia and Iceland beat Brazil 32-27 this morning in the quarter-finals—maintaining the five goal lead they had built up by half-time, when they led 15-10.

In the second half, Iceland romped to an eight-goal lead, before Brazil brought the game back to an even footing, before Iceland made a final surge to win the thrilling game with a five-goal margin.

Egill Magnússon, Óðinn Már Ríkharðsson and Ómar Magnússon scored the most, adding seven goals each to Iceland’s tally in the game, RÚV reported.

Iceland will now meet either France or Sweden in the semi-final on Wednesday. Both teams are playing each other today to find out who will face Iceland.

The Icelandic team has won all seven of its games in the competition so far—coming out of the group stages as top of Group B with a perfect tally of points. The team then beat South Korea in the first knockout game.

Brazil came out of Group D in third place, following victories over Japan, Tunisia and Argentina; but losses against France and Slovenia.

Today’s quarter-finals are/were:

Iceland-Brazil
France-Sweden
Norway-Slovenia
Spain-Denmark

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