Last day of the EHF M18 EURO 2016 was opened with a match between Iceland and Serbia in a fight for seventh place. Serbia started a little bit better and was in a small lead in first ten minutes. But then Iceland stepped up, equalized and in 12th minute ad 8:7 lead. Serbia started chasing Iceland and with a help from goalkeeper catched up and went on a 2-goal lead (14:12). By the end of first 30 minutes Serbia had only one goal advantage (17:16). Goal for goal game remained in the first 15 minutes of the match. Then Iceland turned over. They used lack of concentration in Serbian rows and set the result 29:26. Iceland was holding onto their advantage and secured the seventh place with a 32:30.
Best players: Thorgeir Gisli Kristjansson Gisli (ISL), Marko Vignjević (SRB)
Kristjan Arason, ISL (coach):
Like I sadi two days ago we waned to show that we can beat Serbia. I am proud of my boys. We played really compact. We only had problem with two serbian players at the beginning but when we found solution we won the game.
Thorgeir Gisli Kristjansson Gisli, ISL (player):
The difference between this game and the first one against Serbia is that we were much more aggressive today in both defense and offense. We deserved this win today.
Nenad Maksić, SRB (coach):
I am satisfied how Vignjevic played. This was his first match at this tournament. Our goalkeeper was holding us in the game but we didn’t h play well in defense. We miss our to players. I want to congratulate to the team of Iceland for a great game. I am sad that we haven’t won one more time.
Marko Vignjević, SRB (player):
We had a problem with injuries and we were not good in defense today. In offense we were good but Iceland was better. We could have played better.
Placement matches, 7th place match
Iceland – Serbia 32:30 (16:17)