Norway stun the defending champions with historic win

Handball European Championship in 2016 for men. France-NorwayKrakow, Poland 20160127. Handball European Championship in 2016 for men. France-Norway Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

The dark horse of the EHF EURO 2016 sailed to the semi-final for the first time ever, leaving France to hope for a big Croatian win

The defending champions from France are on the brink of elimination from the medal race at the EHF EURO 2016 after they lost 24:29 to Norway, the biggest surprise package of the tournament, on the last day of main round action in Group 1 in Krakow.

Kent Robin Tonnesen, who was also named the best player of the match, scored six goals and was backed by a great team performance. The Scandinavians will now play for the medals for the first time in EHF EURO history. Their previous best at the European championship was sixth in 2008 when they hosted the tournament.

France, who were led by seven goals from Daniele Narcisse, have to hope that Croatia beat Poland between five and 10 goals, to take part in the semi-finals. If Croatia win by more than 10, they will take the last semi-final place.

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Source: pol2016.ehf-euro.com / Norway Today / Photo NTB scanpix

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