Macedonia to face Norway in 1/8 Final after Drama with Iceland
Thursday, 19 January 2017


Macedonia and Iceland each progressed into the knockout rounds at the World Handball Championships in France today after drawing their final Group B clash.

Iceland held a narrow 15-13 lead at half-time at the Arenes de Metz.

They proved unable to open clear daylight, however, and ultimately had to settle for a 27-27 draw. Having said this, Macedonia could have easily ended up as the winner as they held a 27-26 lead with a minute to go.

The draw proved good for both teams to progress with hauls of five points, for Macedonia, and four for Iceland.

Tunisia also ended on four points but missed out on progressing due to their worse points difference with Iceland.

This came a despite a 43-34 win over African rivals Angola in the same venue.

France were given their toughest test of the tournament so far at the Exponantes - Hall XXL in Nantes in Group A. They continued their unbeaten record, but only just, in a 26-25 win over Poland.

Russia beat Brazil 28-24 elsewhere in the group, but the French result meant both teams progressed safely.


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