First round win for Slovenia – without Ana Gros

Slovenia kept a higher pace than Iceland to gain maximum point in the WC premiere. While the start was promising with a lot of quick step action, Slovenia soon encountered ups and downs until 30–24 at the final whistle.

The squad of Dragan Adzic squad has had some setbacks during the preparation phase. No Elizabeth Omoregie or Nina Zulic on the journey to Stavanger, Slovenia was weakened even further when they started the game without Ana Gros.

The undoubtful star suffers from a thigh injury, it remains to be seen whether she´ll return to the team for the upcoming group matches.

Iceland, who joined the WC community via Wildcard, got stronger in defense after Elin Jona Thorsteinsdottir took over the goalkeeper position mid first half. 45 minutes in Iceland really pushed and had reduced minus seven to a much narrow margin with 19–20.

Slovenia could respond, though. Natasa Ljepoja where vital among the nine meter options and scored eight times, including some crucial goals towards the end.

Angola, who startled France to a near tie (29–30) might prove to be an even tougher opponent in Slovenias quest to reach an Olympic qualification tournament by means of the WC result.

Slovenia–Iceland 30–24 (16-13)