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Iceland 31 – Morocco 23

19.01.2021 - 10:40
epa08947301 Viggo Kristjansson (L) of Iceland holds the player of the match award after the match between Iceland and Morocco at the 27th Men's Handball World Championship in Cairo, Egypt, 18 January 2021.  EPA-EFE/Khaled Elfiqi / POOL
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The Icelandic men’s national handball team secured a 31-23 victory in last night’s final Group F match at the handball world championship in Egypt. Iceland progresses to the second round of the competition with two points, finishing the group in second position.

Three Moroccan players were shown the red card for fouls in defence: one in the first half and two in the second. The score at half-time was 15-10 in Iceland’s favour. Five of Iceland’s first 11 goals were scored by Viggó Kristjánsson (pictured above). 

Despite expectations before the game, and the red cards, Morocco pushed hard throughout and the teams were separated by a surmountable five goals, 23-18, half way through the second half. A strong push for the finish increased that to eight goals by the end, though, and a final score of 31-23. 

Kristján Örn Kristjánsson played for the national team for the very first time and scored two goals at the end of the match. Ólafur Guðmundsson and Viggó Kristjánsson topped the scoresheet with six goals each. Goalkeeper Björgvin Páll Gústavsson saved 14 shots, including one penalty. 

Iceland takes two points from the Algeria game with them into the second round against Switzerland, France, and Norway. The two points from last night’s match are lost in the next round, however, as Morocco is the team knocked out from Group F.

Iceland will play Switzerland tomorrow (Wednesday) at 14.30, then France on Friday at 17.00, and Norway on Sunday at 17.00. All the games will be live on RÚV TV and radio. The top three teams at the end will advance to the final eight in the competition. 

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