Euro 2018

Iceland got a deserved victory in the opening against Sweden

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Iceland got a deserved victory in the opening against Sweden


Group A

Sweden –  Iceland  24 –  26 (8 – 15)


Sweden – Tollbring 2, Ekberg 1, Gottfridsson 6, Jepsson 4, Jakobsson 1, Lagergren 2, Zachrisson 3, Nielsen 2, Nilsson 3

Iceland – Palmarsson 3, Karason 5, Sigurdsson 5, Gudmundsson 7, Gunnarson 5, Smarason 1

Suspensions: 8 minutes; 4 minutes

7 meters: 2/0; 5/4

Iceland made Sweden to look an amateur team in the first half, when helped by goalkeeper Gustafsson with a 58% of saved shoots Iceland got a nine goals advantage at 5-14. The first half ended with 8-15 in Iceland favor.

In the second half, Iceland continued to ride the wave and increased the lead to ten goals 11-21. Sweden managed to come back strongly and ten minutes before the match ended the result changed consistently 18-22. Swedish team reduced the gap by six goals exploring a weaker period of their opponent when Icelanders could not find the way toward Swedish goal. This was the crucial period for both teams, 20-23 become the result, but Sweden was not able to come closer. At the end, Iceland got a deserved victory: 24-26.

Player of the match: Andres Olafur Gudmundsson (ISL)

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Euro 2018

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