It did not go as planned for Sweden, who were dreaming about medals at the tournament they hosted, but there were still smiles on their fans’ faces, as they capped off the EHF EURO 2020 with a 32:25 win against Iceland.
The main round is over in Malmö, with Norway and Slovenia moving to Stockholm for the semi-finals, while Portugal also travel to the Tele2 Arena for the 5/6 placement match.
- Sweden finish seventh, as they won four games and lost three, while Iceland finish 11th
- line player Andreas Nilsson was Sweden’s top scorer, with seven goals
- Sweden’s coach, Kristjan Andresson, will be replaced by Glenn Solberg after the EHF EURO 2020
- Icelandic left wing Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson scored four goals in his 59th game at the EHF EURO, taking his total tally at the top of the all-time scorers' list to 288 goals
Iceland vs Sweden 25:32 (11:18)
With an average of 25 goals per game in the EHF EURO 2020, Sweden were hardly the powerhouses other teams expected them to be.
Yet it was in their power to end the tournament in seventh place, with a two-game winning streak in hand. And they jumped at the occasion with both hands, displaying their best handball in the tournament.
Sweden put 18 goals past Iceland in the first half of the match, scoring virtually from every position. By half-time three players – back Linus Arnesson, line player Andreas Nilsson and left wing Jerry Tollbring – had four goals apiece, helping Sweden take a 18:11 lead.
Despite Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson’s best efforts Iceland were outnumbered and outgunned by a hungry Swedish side.
— EHF EURO (@EHFEURO) January 22, 2020
Goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren, who left injured in the 55th minute, produced another vintage performance – a 32 per cent save efficiency, 10-save game – to frustrate Iceland more than one time.
At the other end, Sweden just kept pushing, as they opened a game-high nine-goal gap, 25:16, with 18 minutes to go. There was no comeback to be seen, and Sweden sealed a 32:25 win in their last game at the EHF EURO 2020
With their fourth win of the tournament, Sweden finished fourth in the group and seventh in the tournament, while Iceland were the only team to finish with just two points in Group II, as they grabbed 11th place.