Amazing Dagur Gautason and Viktor Gisli Hallgrimsson lead the winning squad.
After seven minutes Iceland gained the lead (2:1) and kept it until the end of the first half. Led by winger Dagur Gautason, who scored 5 points in first 30 minutes, they even had a four-point advantage (8:4). But Poland was right on their heels. After three big mistakes Poland was only two-point behind. Iceland team was getting nervous, and Poland got its chance to get only one point behind. Unfortunately for Poland Viktor Gisli Hallgrimsson was in the good mood: he saved Poland’s penalty shot and saved the day. It was the right time to take a little break, five minutes before the end of the first halftime.
Even though Poland had one player more because Arnar Mari Runarsson got a two-minutes suspension, they still couldn’t come any closer. At the halftime, the result was 12:9 for Iceland.
The only time that Poland had the opportunity to tie the match was eight minutes before the end (15.14). But them amazing goalkeeper hade three saves in the row, Dagur Gautason scored two points in the row, and Eirikur Porarinsson scored for five-point lead (20:15). The end result was 25:20 for Iceland.
Top scorer on Iceland side was Dagur Gautason with nine goals while Michal Scilowicz scored six for Poland.
Best Icelands player was Viktor Gisli Hallgrimsson and on Poland’s side Pawel Paterek.
‘We had our chances but we didn’t take them. It was like 2-3 chances which we didn’t take and we missed our chance of winning the game. All the focus is on the next game tomorrow’, said coach of Poland Obrusiewicz Piotr.
‘It was a close match, in one moment there was 16-15, but then we made key misses on opened goal. We lost because of ourselves, not because of them’, said Pawel Paterek, the best scorer from Poland.
‘We performed well as a team. There were some errors in defence in the second half, but at the end, we won‘, said Hallgrimssson Viktor Gisli from Iceland.
‘I knew that this will be a tough game, we have traveled for 15 hours, and came in Varaždin very late. The Polish team is getting better, but we have managed to get a great win’, said coach Rikardsson Heimir (ISL).
Group D, Round 1:
Iceland – Poland 25:20