23/01/2014

Iceland and Poland want to finish in style

MATCH PREVIEW - The match for the fifth place will bring an end to EHF EURO 2014 for the two sides to narrowly miss out on a semi-final place

When it comes to competitive matches between Iceland and Poland, Iceland actually have the upper hand, statistically speaking.

10 wins for Iceland and six for Poland have been the outcome of the 16 previous meetings between the two nations in competitive games. In the last two matches against Poland, Iceland have also come out as the better team.

In the quarter-final of the Olympic tournament in Beijing in 2008, Iceland won 32:30 and later went on to take the silver medal.

The latest competitive meeting between the two teams was the bronze match at the EHF EURO 2010, when Iceland won 29:26 in Vienna.

According to Iceland´s national coach Aron Kristiansson, Iceland will do everything they can to make it three out of three, when the two teams meet again Friday at 16.00 CET.

“Finishing fifth would be a great way for us to end this tournament. We have had a fine tournament, I think, in spite of the injury trouble we have had.

“The young players in our team have matured a lot and done really well and the match against Poland will be another great opportunity for them to gain experience. Obviously, Poland will be a big challenge, but we believe in ourselves,” Kristiansson told ehf-euro.com.

In the Polish team, right wing Patryk Kuchczynski is hoping for Polish fan support in the last match as in the previous ones.

“It is sad that we did not reach the semi-final, but I want to thank the Polish fans for all their support, and I hope we will see all of them in Herning as well,” Kuchcynski said.

written by Peter Bruun / cor