Denmark, Croatia and France in the semi-finals of the European Women’s Handball Championship

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Host Denmark defeated Olympic champion Russia to advance to the semi-finals of the European Women’s Handball Championship, while France and Croatia also joined Norway in the last four.

After France beat Sweden 31-25, Denmark against Russia became a win-win situation.

And it was the Danes who were victorious, quickly taking the lead and advancing her to win 30-23.

Daria Dmitrieva has scored nine goals for Russia, but fifth place is the best result the Olympic champions can now achieve.

Defending champions France had looked in danger of falling to Sweden before, with the scores tied at the break, but a better performance in the second half pushed them forward as Group 2 winners.

Montenegro and Spain drew 26-26 in the other group game.

In Group 1, Norway were already assured of the top spot but still put Hungary to the sword, winning 32-21 as Nora Mørk, the tournament’s top scorer, added seven more goals to carry its total to 42.

Croatia have reached a first-ever European Women’s Handball Championship semi-final © Getty Images

Norway have won their six games in the tournament and are the only team to have done so; Undefeated France drew with Russia in this second group stage.

Germany had to beat Croatia by three or more goals to reach the semi-finals, but lost 23-20.

This result saw Croatia advance to the very first semi-final of the European Championship and also saw Germany overtake the Netherlands.

The Dutch beat Romania 35-24 and will face Russia in the fifth-place game.

France and Croatia will face each other in one semi-final, Norway and Denmark will face each other in the other.

All three matches are due to take place in Herning on Saturday, December 18.



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