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Croatia defence remains on track

Goran Sprem
Croatia's Goran Sprem aided his country's cause with seven goals

Croatia's men remain on course to defend their Olympic handball title after beating Denmark 26-24 to reach Friday's semi-finals.

There they will meet France who remain undefeated in this year's competition after a 27-24 win over Russia.

The other semi-final will see Iceland take on Spain after both successfully negotiated their quarter-final matches.

Iceland comfortably saw off Poland 32-30, while Spain were 29-24 victors over South Korea.

Goran Sprem chipped in with seven goals and Mirza Dzomba added six as the Croats just managed to see off Denmark's challenge, while Lars Roslyng Chrstiansen scored six for the Danes.

Daniel Narcisse helped ensure France remained unbeaten with nine goals in his country's victory.

Iceland held off three second-half rallies from the Poles to progress, while four goals from Spain's Albert Rocas during a 7-0 run made sure the Spaniards defeated their Korean opponents.

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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
Russia into last four after scare
19 Aug 08 |  Handball
Iceland run ended by South Korea
14 Aug 08 |  Handball
Croatia open defence with victory
10 Aug 08 |  Handball
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Mike Bushell's guide to handball
30 Apr 07 |  Handball

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