Gold for Sweden after superb second half
Sunday evening’s Men’s 18 EHF EURO Final between Sweden and Iceland was a topsy turvy affair, which ended with a 32:27 win and gold medal for the Swedes.
Only one team turned up for the opening 15 minutes as Sweden stormed into an 8:2 lead, but Iceland have been impressive throughout this championship and were not going to give in easily.
Iceland fought their way back and drew level at 12:12 just before the break, leaving the final beautifully in the balance.
The third quarter of the match remained tight, before Sweden stepped up a couple of gears.
With the score at 21:20, Valter Chrintz and Ludvig Hallbäck took over, like they have so often, scoring 10 of the next 11 goals for Sweden and Iceland simply had no response.
Sweden’s 32:27 win was their second at this level and their first in 21 years. Earlier that day, Denmark claimed bronze with a 26:24 win over host nation Croatia.
Final whistle of #M18EHFEURO and it's @hlandslaget who take theahead of @HSI_Iceland . Iceland win a very deserved . After a match which took several turns, Sweden win 32:27. Congratulations to both teams! pic.twitter.com/EFmW6cwDvH— EHF EURO (@EHFEURO) August 19, 2018
Goalkeeper - Fabian Norsten (SWE)
Left wing - GAUTASON Dagur Gautson (ISL)
Left back - Juri Knorr (GER)
Centre back - Sadou Ntanzi (FRA)
Line player - Thor Christensen (DEN)
Right back - Jovica Nikolic (SRB)
Right wing - Valter Chrintz (SWE)
Best defender - Gianfranco Pribetic (CRO)
MVP - Haukur Thrastarson (ISL)
Top scorer: 56 goals - Ludvig Hallbäck (SWE)