Iceland “froze” Tunisia at the start of IHF Men’s Youth World Championship

ISLAND – TUNISIA 25:20 (12:6)

In the first clash in group D of the opening day of 2019 IHF Men’s Youth World Championship in Boris Trajkovski Arena, European silver medalists Iceland celebrated, 25:20 (12:6) in the match with African silver medalist Tunisia.

The opening ten minutes Tunisia goalkeeper Asil Namli stole the spotlight with five saves and made a lot of problems for the opponent, but unfortunately his teammates didn’t use the opportunity to score on the other side.

After that Iceland take control over the match and make advantage, 8:3, and was controlling the result until the end of the half, 12:6.

Tunisian players couldn’t do much in the second half. Iceland was controlling the rhythm, they had 18:10 after ten minutes in the second part, so they kept it until the end.

“I’m satisfied with the two points, but we make a lot of mistakes today. It’s always very hard in the first game, also we opened the tournament but I’m happy with the two points. We played good in the defense and made difference for us”, said Iceland head coach, Heimir Rikardsson.

“We made big advantage in the first half and even we didn’t play so good in the second we were able to win. I’m satisfied with the two points, but not with how we play. It’s a first match so I hope will be better try the tournament.

I’m happy when we perform as a time, this match a had a good day, and I hope that in the next matches if I play bad, some of my teammates will step up”, said MVP of the match, Dagur Gaustason.

“We didn’t begin the match good, the players were scared in some moments and when you lose six goals against Iceland it’s hard to come back in the game”, said Ahmed Rajhi assistant coach of Tunisia national team.

“We didn’t have good performance today and you’ll see a different Tunisia tomorrow”, sais Rami Fekih.