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One Loss, One Draw for Iceland in Handball

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One Loss, One Draw for Iceland in Handball

Iceland vs Germany in Reykjavik, January 5, 2015

Goalkeeper Björgvin Páll Gústavsson, here in a game against Germany in 2015, is among Iceland’s best players. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic national team in men’s handball played two games at the World Men’s Handball Championship in Metz, France, last weekend. Both games were even and exciting throughout. Iceland lost the first, against Slovenia on Saturday, by one goal, and tied Tunisia yesterday.

After watching both games in Metz, sports journalist Henry Birgir Gunnarsson commented on Vísir that he approves of manager Geir Sveinsson’s approach in giving young players a chance to shine. He mentioned Ómar Ingi Magnússon as an example, who made some terrible mistakes but made up for them by scoring later on.

Henry wrote that Iceland’s performance against Slovenia had been better than he had hoped for and that many improvements had been made, in spite of Iceland losing 26-25.

In his opinion, Iceland should have won the game against Tunisia, which ended 22-22. Iceland earned one point for the draw and must most likely win its last two games in the preliminary round to make it to the 16-team finals.

Iceland plays Angola tomorrow and Macedonia on Thursday.

The other Icelandic managers at the World Men’s Handball Championship, Kristján Andrésson, who coaches Sweden, Guðmundur Guðmundsson, who coaches Denmark and Dagur Sigurðsson, who coaches Germany, boast a 100 percent success rate, Vísir reports.

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