Croatia won the first match in Main Round against Iceland 23:22 (10:12) after great battle until the last second of the clash in Budapest. Playmake Ante Gadza scored the winning goal for the team who were 5 goals down in the first half (5:10), but then had +5 (19:14) 15 minutes before the final whistle.
Gudmundur Gudmundsson’s boys made turnover on 22:21 in 52th minute, however, they couldn’t keep it until the end and endanger chances for playing at semi-final.
Iceland – Croatia 22-23 (12-10)
Iceland : Orri Þorkelsson 6, Omar Magnusson 5, Sigvaldi Gudjonsson 5, Elvar Asgeirsson 4, Elliði Viðarsson 1, Ymir Gislason 1.
Croatia : Tin Lucin 6, Ivan Martinovic 5, Ivan Cupic 5, Marino Maric 2, Ante Gadza 1, Veron Nacinovic 1, Luka Cindric 1, Zvonimir Srna 1, Marin Jelinic 1.