IHF World Championship
It was an even match from the beginning, 9-9 after 16 minutes, but Croatia managed to get the lead before the break. In the second half, Croatia kept the lead for a longer period but Iceland managed to come back and the match became even again. In the end, it was Croatia who managed to get the two points.
Iceland – Croatia 27 – 31 (14 – 16)
Referees: Boualloucha, Khenissi (TUN)
Topscorers: Aron Palmarsson(HUN) 7 goals and Luka Stepancic (CRO) 8 goals
Suspensions: 10 minutes/4 minutes
7 meters: 2/2; 4/1
Hungary entered the game as big favorite of the match, having a much more compact squad than Argentina, the South Americans missing also Diego Simonet, their best player. Hungary had a good start, leading 0-4, with a good Mikler in the goal and a defense which made Argentina struggle. But Cadenas, the head coach of Argentina found the solution quickly and Argentina started to score, 4-7, and come as close as 8-9 (22.minute). The first half was won by Hungary 10-13 and we could say that this will end as expected. But in the second half, Argentina changed their play, both in defense and attack, which seemed to be a difficult task for the Hungarian team led by the head coach duo Csoknyai-Matic. Even if Balogh continued to score, Banhidi was the strongest on the line and Lekai was also dangerous in the Hungarian attack, this was not enough against a very eager Argentinian team, led by Pablo Simonet and followed the tactics of Cadenas. Argentina had a one-goal lead in the last 15 minutes of the match, but the match ended draw in the end.
Argentina – Hungary 25 – 25 (10 – 13)
Referees: Lopez, Sabroso (ESP)
Topscorers: Pablo Simonet (ARG) 6 goals and Zsolt Balogh (HUN) 11 goals
Suspensions: 8 minutes; 6 minutes
7 meters: 1/1;6/5