Japan faces Iceland in the Men’s Olympic Handball Qualifying Tournament on Saturday.
Japan is seeking its first win while Iceland will try to make it two wins in a row when they face each other in the Men’s Olympic Handball Qualifying Tournament in Varazdin today.
The Japanese lost to Croatia 22-36 in their opening match last night. The Asian runners-up managed to keep the scores close at the break but were outscored 22-8 in the second half. Daisuke Miyazaki led Japan with four goals.
"We were satisfied with the first half, but then Croatia played much better. In future matches we have to play as we did before the half break," Japan coach Kiyohara Sakamaki told the IHF web site.
Iceland should have no problem disposing of Japan as it is coming off a 25-17 win over Chile. Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson proved to be unstoppable as he powered his way to 10 goals.
"We started very good. Our defense stood very strong, the only problem was that we started to relax too early in order to save our strengths for the next matches. The last 15 minutes weren’t so good but in the end we pulled all our power and won the match. We deserved it," Iceland coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson said.
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