Euro 2020

Iceland keeps hopes alive when defeating Portugal

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
Iceland keeps hopes alive when defeating Portugal
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF EURO 2020

Main Round, Group II – Malmo

Terrible match-start for Portugal, turnovers, bad shooting, all giving chance for Iceland to score and open the match 0-4, 3-8. Palmarsson, Petterson, and Smarasson are on the scoring list, meanwhile, Gustaffson showed good performance in the goal. Portugal managed to come back in the match and was close to level the game in the first half, 10-11, but Iceland went to the pause with 12-14. In the second half, Portugal quickly leveled the game, 14-14 and took the lead 17-16 (37.min). But Iceland was decided to win this game and played wisely in the attack, especially Smarason was remarkable. Icelanders took back the lead 17-18 then increased the advantage of 18-21 and won the match with a three-goal difference.

Portugal – Iceland 25 – 28 (14 – 12)

Topscorers: Martins 4, Areia 4, Cavalcanti 3, Magalhaes 3 (POR) and Smarassson 8, Palmarsson 5, Petterson 5, Sigurdsson 5 (ISL)

MVP: Alexander Petterson (ISL) – GK

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Euro 2020
Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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