France edges Croatia in men's handball

Aug. 14, 2008, 10:55 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) France beat Croatia 23-19 Thursday in a matchup of teams with unblemished records in Olympic men's handball.

It was France's closest game during the Olympics. The French had won their first two games by a combined 22 goals. The score was tied 18-all, but France scored five of the final six goals of the game to improve to 3-1.

Croatia, the defending Olympic champion, dropped to 2-1. Action resumes Saturday.

Mikkel Hansen scored in the final minute, and Denmark beat Russia 25-24. It was Denmark's first win of the tournament, and it dropped the Russians to 1-2.

Germany defeated Egypt 25-23. The game was tied 23-all before Michael Kraus and Dominik Klein scored in the final four minutes. Germany improved to 2-1. Egypt, 0-2-1, has lost its last two games by a combined three goals.

Poland beat Brazil 28-25. Bartosz Jarecki scored four goals in the last nine minutes to help his team pull away from a 22-all tie.

South Korea defeated Iceland 22-21. Both teams now are 2-1.

Spain beat China 36-22 to improve to 2-1. The Spaniards outscored the Chinese 20-10 in the second half. Spain made 36 of 49 shots.

China has lost all three of its matches by exactly 14 goals.