France will meet Norway for the European Women’s Handball Championship after the countries won a semi-finals in Herning today.
The first of the last four games has pitted defending champions France against Croatia, with the French having comfortable 30-19 winners.
France shared the goals in the game at Jyske Bank Boxen with four players who all scored four goals apiece – Alexandra Lacrabere, Estelle Nze Minko, Grace Zaadi Deuna and Kalidiatou Niakate.
France led 15-5 at the break and remained in the driver’s seat throughout to secure a spot in Sunday, December 20’s flagship game and give themselves a chance to retain their title.
There they will meet Norway who reversed a halftime deficit to beat Denmark 27-24.
Mia Rej Bidstrup was the Danes’ top scorer with seven goals in the game and helped them lead 13-10 at the break.
The Norwegians beat their opponents 17-11 in the second half, turning a three-goal deficit into a three-goal victory.
Nora Mørk with six goals was Norway’s top scorer as they reached the final and continued their run to not lose a game in the tournament, the only team that can boast of this feat.
Denmark face Croatia on December 20 in their third and fourth matches.
Ahead of today’s semi-finals, the fifth and sixth matches were played by Olympic champions Russia and reigning world champions Holland.
Russia triumphed 33-27 with their top scorer of the day being Polina Vedekhina with six.
The top scorer of the day for the Dutch was Lois Abbingh with ten goals, but her goal was not enough to prevent loss in the classification contest.