BAHRAIN were outclassed by Iceland 18-36 last night in the 26th International Handball Federation (IHF) World Men’s Championship, being jointly hosted by Germany and Denmark.
The Bahrainis battled hard for much of the contest but despite their best efforts, could not match the quality of their European rivals all through to the very end.
With the result, they suffered their third defeat in as many contests and they remained at the bottom of the group ‘B’ standings in the tournament’s preliminary round.
The Bahrainis have a rest day today but play their penultimate game of the opening stage tomorrow against Croatia. They then close out their group ‘B’ campaign against fellow Asian side Japan on Thursday.
Bahrain did well to keep Iceland within their sights in the first half but the victors managed to build a 16-10 lead at the end of the opening 30 minutes.
After the re-start, the Icelanders were dominant, more than doubling their rivals’ output in the period to build a comfortable advantage en route to the convincing final result.
Iceland were in fine form offensively, posting a 100 per cent efficiency from the seven-metre line while registering an 88 per cent efficiency overall. The Icelanders missed just five of their 41 shots in the game, while Bahrain missed 30 attempts.
Mohamed Merza top scored for Bahrain with five goals. Ali Merza and Ahmed Jalal chipped in with three apiece, while Mohamed Abdulredha and Mahdi Saad each finished with two goals. Abdulla Yaseen, Komail Mahfoodh and skipper Hussain Al Sayyad scored one apiece.