It was an unexpected win for Iceland to begin the EHF EURO 2018, but it was no surprise to see Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson leading his side in the first Icelandic win against Sweden in the Men’s EHF European Championship, 26:24.
The 38-year old left wing has made his debut at the EHF EURO 18 years ago, also in Croatia, and is the all-time leading scorer of the competition, with 262 goals over 10 final tournaments.
“This is actually a dream scenario, as almost everything worked for us, while the Swedish side had trouble getting into gear. We are thinking about the second game already,” said the left wing after the game.
The night was full of completed milestones for Sigurdsson, who scored his 1,800th competitive goal for Iceland after only ten minutes, ultimately finishing the game with five goals.
Sigurdsson is also the top goal scorer in the history of the EHF EURO, with 261 goals, 32 more than Nikola Karabatic, who is second in the rankings.
While Iceland is setting their sights on the main round, there was no time for Sigurdsson to feel sorry for his three Swedish Rhein-Neckar Löwen team mates, Mikael Appelgren, Jerry Tolbring and Andreas Palicka, whom he defeated on Friday.