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Croatia open defence with victory

Croatia's Igor Vori
Igor Vori's late goal helped guide Croatia to victory

Croatia began the defence of their Olympic crown with two late goals securing a 31-29 victory over Spain on the opening day of the men's handball.

Germany, world champions in 2007, beat South Korea in another close game, four late goals seeing them win 27-23.

China were outclassed in losing 33-19 to Poland, while Russia lost 33-31 to Iceland.

France achieved a 34-26 victory over Brazil, and honours were shared between Denmark and Egypt, who tied 23-23.

Croatia looked as though they would have to settle for a point against Spain, before Igor Vori and Domagoj Duvnjak scored in the final minutes to secure the two points.

Florian Kehrmann snatched four goals in the last five minutes to guarantee an opening day victory for the Germans, while Snorri Steinn Gudjonsson was on top form for Iceland, scoring 12 times as they beat the 2004 bronze medallists.

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Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forFrance 1 0 0 1
Men 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forNorway 1 0 0 1
Women 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forIceland 0 1 0 1
Men 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forRussia 0 1 0 1
Women 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 0 1 1
Women 0 0 1
6 also show each event results forSpain 0 0 1 1
Men 0 0 1

see also
France and Hungary show good form
09 Aug 08 |  Handball
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Mike Bushell's guide to handball
30 Apr 07 |  Handball

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